Red is a Chic Partner!

Red is a Chic Partner I Red is a Chic Partner! This is my latest block-style assemblage piece. Limiting my palette provided me with more options than I could have imagined. I played to my heart’s content with all manner of supplies until I achieved a cohesive piece that spoke to my soul. My hope is that it would also speak to the soul for whom it was created. Once again, I sent my work out into the world… this was a birthday gift for a dear friend who shares my affinity for the color red. Red is a Chic Partner II As the wood blocks were untreated, I began with coats of gesso… white where color would be applied, black on all other surfaces.Red is a Chic Partner IIIOnce my color was down, I began picking out background elements. Mostly, I used rubber stamps and black Staz-on ink, but you’ll find printed papers and tissue tape were also used.Red is a Chic Partner IVWords were essential. Some came in the form of rubber stamps, some were stickers (Tim Holtz) and others were magazine cuts.Red is a Chic Partner VStencils weren’t something I intended to use, but when it came to the stark black of the “Embrace Imperfection” side, I went at it with white acrylic and a Tim Holtz stencil. In the end, I was happy with the contrast it provided.Red is a Chic Partner VIA little personalization… “J.” All of the edges were finished using the direct inking method and a black Staz-on pad.Red is a Chic Partner VIIVintage buttons, stacked and glued, popped from the center of the crisp doily stamp image. The heart with wings was a Masonite cut from Retro Café Art Gallery. In fact, a good many of the elements used here were purchased at Kristin Hubick’s online shop which can be found here: http://www.retrocafeart.com/ I love the selection of unique supplies Kristin offers at Retro Café Art. Check it out… I think you will, too!Red is a Chic Partner VIIII topped my stack with a vintage Frozen Charlotte head. Originally, I was entertaining the use of a finial, but I found I could not part with my favorites and those I could have let go, did not seem to do the piece justice. Charlotte to the rescue! It wouldn’t be the same without her.

Hope you enjoyed this piece!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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On My Desk: Rich Layers

It has become painfully apparent to me, in recent months, how far behind I have fallen in my mail art correspondence. My list of folks to whom I owe mail is growing daily and I found myself stressing as to how I might catch up.

Working in series is not a new concept for me. Rather, I have done so almost from the beginning. Most times my series are limited to twelve pieces or fewer at a go.

It occurred to me that were I to create one large background piece, I could cut it into multiple postcard sized pieces. From there, I could either embellish further, or post in the raw.

The place to start? My local art supply dealer. I found this twelve sheet Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18″ x 24″) for half price! Gotta love that! Some quick math brought me to the conclusion that I’d get eighteen pieces per sheet. The pad would then yield 216 postcards! I was sold!

Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18" x 24")

Back in the studio, I used a common background layering technique. I began by laying in color with with acrylic paint in my chosen palette. Layering stencils over the color, using a spray ink came next, followed by bubble wrap and square punchinella applied with acrylic paint and a stencil brush. I used a large background texture stamp and black Staz-on ink overall and then added a large numeral stamp using red Staz-on ink here and there. Using a cylinder dipped in black acrylic, I stamped out a pattern diagonally across the sheet. Finally, I stamped a rich turquoise acrylic paint using a foam stamp of circles in the center area of every four black cylinder markings.

Whole sheet, rich layers

The above photo shows the final product. Below is a close-up cross section of the sheet prior to cutting.

Close-up rich layers

This view gives a better glimpse of the rubber stamping.

Once the sheet was completely dry, I carefully cut it into the eighteen postcards pictured below.

Sheet (18" x 24") cut into 18 postcards (4" x 6")

Here’s a close-up shot of the postcards, showing the rich detail of the layers.

18 Postcards Detail III

I’m not quite sure where I am headed with these. I’ll sleep on it and see what the ‘morrow brings….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: An Autumnal Feast!

The list of those to whom I owe mail just keeps growing… like the plethora of leaves currently falling from the trees!

Take a look at this bountiful haul and you’ll see what I mean…

Hedgehog mail art from Sheri Rice! I can’t help but wonder if she’s going through the entire alphabet.

Sheri Rice H is for Hedgehog (front)

Sheri Rice H is for Hedgehog (back)

The latest Banana Rag (in a gorgeous envelope) arrived from none other than Anna Banana, complete with artistamps! I’m in love!

Anna Banana Rag

Thomas Brown continues to amaze…

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It’s been a while since I received a piece from Douglas Galloway. It must be said that he was the first IUOMA mail artist from whom I received mail. His digital art is always a delight.

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Keith Chambers was kind enough to send me a little something orange.

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This beautiful collage from Adrienne Mason really dressed up the box, the day it arrived! Natural elements with a touch of orange! Who wouldn’t love this piece?

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Tiffany Bahan sent a wildly colorful piece from Ohio. I thought the print had great texture.

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This most awesome collage from Susan McAllister has so much going on, that I notice something new each time I look at it.

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Last month, David Stafford combined the work of Nancy Bell Scott with a piece I sent him and added his own handiwork to create the piece below. When he posted it, my response was that I wanted a print I could frame for the studio. David obviously seeks to please…

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Arriving on the very same day, from David, was ‘The Walrus’ She Gone, a Tale of New Identities.’ It arrived complete with the offer of ‘A Thrilling New Superfluous Service.’ It really did deserve its very own blog post, but as most of you know, I’m finding it difficult to post weekly these days. Check it out:

DS Walrus I DS Walrus II DS Walrus III DS Superflous Service I DS Superfluous Service II

Many thanks to all for the wonderful mail art! You guys are awesome!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On My Desk: A Li’l Bit of All Hallows Eve!

Most recently, I have been working on more seasonal pieces. A bit of spooky ghoulishness, if you will.

Retro Cafe Art Gallery (www.retrocafeart.com) ran the Gothic Tombstone ATC swap again. This was my first time participating and I had great fun with it.

Tombstones in progress

Tombstones in progress: humble beginnings

A bit overzealous, much of what I originally planned to include, ended up being swept aside for another time.

They turned out well, I think. Though if I’d had more time, I’d have experimented more and created two sets.

Finis

Finis

Here’s a closer look at each one:

Just yesterday, Kristin Hubick of Retro Cafe Art Gallery posted her photo of my pieces. It’s the best one by far, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

Retro Art Cafe's pic of my 2014 Tombstones

Quite flattering, I think. And I love her use of the stacked carpenter rules!

Mail art was not forgotten in my creepy antics. Quite the opposite, really. Using 6-pack carriers, I cut out twenty-six 4×6 pieces and went to town! This is the result…

Nosferatu (4)

Nosferatu (4)

Sadly, there were only four of the Nosferatu postcards. Bummer, ’cause they’re my favorite!

Saranac Old (6)

Saranac Old (6)

I had two different designs of the Saranac Pumpkin Ale carriers.

Saranac New (8)

Saranac New (8)

Finally, Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream carriers, with curved top edges, allowed for odd-shaped postcards.

M.H.W.S. (8)

M.H.W.S. (8)

Look for these to land soon, in a mail box near you!

Not sharing the backs, there’s gotta be some kind of surprise, right?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

In the Mail: Arty Gifties!

You all know I love mail, specifically mail art.

What’s better than that?

It doesn’t seem like anything could be, but there is one thing…

ARTY GIFTIES!

What do I mean?

Check it out!

Last week, I was lucky enough to receive two such packages in the mail!

A fellow artist/mail artist in Pittsburgh put it out there that she had Indian paper scraps to share to the first five folks who showed interest. Guess who jumped on that bandwagon?

Here’s what Jessica sent:

Indian Paper Scraps from Jessica

Can you say, “Awesome?” Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

Another friend had some duplicate stencils and very generously offered them to me:

From Julia

Thank you, Julia! These are AMAZING!

So grateful for my friends’ generosity!

Now, to finish a few projects so that I can spare the time to play with my arty gifties!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Outbound Mail Art: Mail Art 365 Update

The summer has found me lagging in many areas. It’s a lazy time, summer. One just wants to languish.

Recently, I’ve been making a consorted effort to catch-up on my Mail Art 365 postings. I think you’ll agree that I’ve made tremendous headway.

Some of these may look familiar from earlier posts, others are new to the blog.

Enjoy!

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Medusa's Allure 011/365

Medusa’s Allure 011/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

Big Pharma 016/365

Big Pharma 016/365

It seems I somehow doubled up on the sixteenth piece. I wonder… Does that mean I’ll be finished with my 364th piece? 🙂

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Liars Club 033/365

Liars Club 033/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL III 037/365

QSL III 037/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Bubbles 040/365

Bubbles 040/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Orange Dream 049/365

Orange Dream 049/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

PHEW!

That’s all for now, folks!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. If I am estimating correctly, THIS IS MY 100TH BLOG POST!!! Everyone who comments will get a little something in the mail from me! 😀