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! 😀

With One Stamp!

A while ago, I joined a great group on facebook called The Studio- a thriving artist community. The folks there are friendly, talented and well… they’re pretty much amazing.

There are swaps and add and passes (or round robins) going on all the time. Inspiration is not short on supply, I assure you.

Although I had been yearning to jump in and participate for some time, it just wasn’t working out, until the announcement for ‘With One Stamp’ popped up!

The idea was intriguing. Participants were to be put into small groups and would send out a rubber stamped image, on a self-addressed 4×6 postcard, to each of the folks in their group. The idea was that each person who received your image was to use it as a jumping off point for creating a piece of art and would mail it back to you. In the end, you would get all of the cards you mailed out, but each would be uniquely designed. Loving any opportunity at a collaboration, I was in!

There were five artists in my group. The following pics show the cards as I received them, along with the photos of my completed artwork.

The image I sent out was a roman numeral clock face, stamped off to one side of the card. These are the two completed postcards that I received back…

Looking forward to receiving the final three interpretations.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ICAD 2014 Week 3!

Today is June 24th. That means that in order to be caught up with my ICADs, I must have a total of 24 completed by the end of this post!

Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Day 16 found me using an index card on which I had randomly swiped extra paint off my brush….

A Symphony in Lime and Grape Day 16

A Symphony in Lime and Grape Day 16

Day 17 was a washi tape day!

Measure Twice, Cut Once? Day 17

Measure Twice, Cut Once? Day 17

On Day 18, I played with leftover canvas scraps and punched circles.

Playing With Shapes Day 18

Playing With Shapes Day 18

Day 19 similarly used canvas scraps and punched circles to a different effect.

Polka Dot Bounce Day 19

Polka Dot Bounce Day 19

On Day 20, I used a previously collaged scrap and added a cut-out.

Shadow of a Girl Day 20

Shadow of a Girl Day 20

Day 21 found me playing with circular ink pads… I truly can’t escape circles for long!

Whorls Away Day 21

Whorls Away Day 21

On Day 22, I was again playing with canvas scraps and punched circles.

Shades of Black and White Day 22

Shades of Black and White Day 22

On Day 23, I had some fun with blue gingham!

Bouncing Blue Gingham Dream Day 23

Bouncing Blue Gingham Dream Day 23

Say what?! Day 24? Yepperoonies! I did it!

Day 24 was a combination of ink and punched circles.

Plaid 'N Simple Day 24

Plaid ‘N Simple Day 24

Next week might find me lagging once again, but for now, I am caught up!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

ICAD 2014 Week 2!

Weekend get-aways really have a way of thwarting one’s efforts to stick to the challenge. The second week found me already lagging behind. I took any opportunity I could to catch-up, even going so far as to delay my Monday post ’til Tuesday.

A Cigar Band Sampler

A Cigar Band Sampler

Day 9 was a cigar band collage. I worried, needlessly, that I may not have collected enough to cover my 4×6 card. I really liked the way it turned out.

Big Pharma

Big Pharma

‘Big Pharma’ was a collage of prescription label bits and some medical security envelope print. Not my best work, but the point was to poke fun of the prescription drug industry.

Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin

Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin

The ‘Green Stamps Benjamin Franklin’ card was strictly for fun. I combined coordinated bits of this and that to give it a vintage feel and yet keep to the S&H Green Stamp colors.

Liars' Club

Liars’ Club

‘Liars’ Club’ began with an old newspaper clipping and grew to include tape, a stamped image and vintage advertisements layered on a 4×6 index divider.

Scrap Work

Scrap Work

‘Scrap Work’ was a fun way to use up bits of paper I’d found scattered on my table top.

Security Flowers

Security Flowers

Experimenting with security envelope print as an art supply gave life to ‘Security Flowers.’

It's Black & White

It’s Black & White

The work with security envelope print continued in ‘It’s Black & White.’

That brings me through Day 15. I’m still down by two days and hope to be fully caught up by next Monday’s ICAD post. Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

First Weekly ICAD Update

The first week’s ICAD catch-up is always a full post. This time around, there are eight pieces to bring us up to date.

Day one was a hodge-podge. I began with the 4×6 index card, stitching and gluing scraps to it until I liked what I saw. It’s pretty enough to be a mini journal cover, don’t you think?

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My second ICAD was a little simpler. I worked with a piece of Tim Holtz packaging and a scrap of Christy Tomlinson paper for my background. I was inspired by the baby blue. The message really spoke to me.

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Day three found me stitching a piece of painted canvas to my index card and stitching and stamping and gluing my way to a garden themed piece. The book paper leaves were cut from the first page of an old copy of The Secret Garden. I think I might use this one as my Whimsical Garden Card Exchange piece.

Whimsical Garden ICAD2014

Beach Glass Delight was created by gluing scraps, magazine bits, packaging bits and punched circles to my card.

Beach Glass Delight

Calypsos Dream was a simple piece. Torn card stock was first glued to a black index card and the circles punched from an envelope lining were added atop. I like the movement of this piece.

Calypsos Dream

Rustic Nature was also created on a black index card using a scrap of paper, a piece of an old book spine, a found rusty circle, a slice from a champagne cork and a circle punched from a scrap of sandpaper. I really liked the look.

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In need of a easy piece for Day 7, I reached for a card on which I had already inked a background. I stuck three chip board circles onto it and began doodling. This was the result.

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It seems like black is calling to me in much the same way that orange did last month. This next piece was also created on a black index card. It had a more playful tone than my previous black pieces.

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Thanks for checking in on my ICAD progress. Our next update will come on Monday, June 16th!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Trash Po Mail Art Fit for a Scrapbook?

At first glance, these two pieces might look like pages from a scrapbook.

The first one uses a comical sticker passed out at a home show a few years back. I ask you… what else was I to do with it?

Inspired by the colors of the sticker, I searched my stash for bits that would keep the palette crisp.

Don’t Drown! It will Spoil Your Day! Choose Joy!

Don't Drown! I

Freddie the fish clearly wants to save us from the fate of drowning! You’re right, Freddie, it would spoil our day! 🙂 We should all heed his warning! 🙂

This next piece began with a torn remnant fabric tag from Hobby Lobby. The royal blue and orange just made me HAPPY! 🙂 (Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!) 🙂

What is it with me and ORANGE these days?

The colors gave me, not only the palette, but the title as well; Royal Orange Dream.

Royal Orange Dream I

A reversed Field and Stream clothing tag and long saved tickets joined with bits of tape, stickers, a painted brad, an odd bit of trim and a lone button to carry on the palette. Lots of ink gave a colorful base on which to stitch the bits.

Trash Po mail art fit for a scrapbook??? Hmmm….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Simplicity

Never before have I blogged a piece of mail art I received with the piece being returned to the sender. Not sure why. I guess it’s just been easier for me to go with incoming and outgoing.

Today, is the exception.

A simple white postcard arrived in my mailbox. One side was neatly addressed. The other side was typed using carbon paper. The purplish blue type, so unique in today’s correspondence told me this was no ordinary mail.

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My husband always gets the mail. He delights in producing mail art from the stack of bills and junk because my reaction is always giddy and over-the-top. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this in a stack of junk mail I was sorting!

At first, I thought maybe it was a happy accident. I did not recognize the name of the sender. Who was Thomas Brown? Where did he find me? It’s not so difficult, I admit, as I belong to so many mail art and letter writing groups. More intriguing even than the sender was the content.

The hubby said, “It must be from someone in the mail art community.” I wasn’t so sure. I sat on the piece over the weekend, just pondering the whole thing.

Then, yesterday morning, I pulled up IUOMA (The International Union of Mail Artists) and searched for Thomas Brown. A photo of a piece came up under the name, but then I noticed a Bhomas Trown in the registry! Surely, this must be him! I took a gander at his profile and the return address was the same!

Mystery solved! I admit to being slightly disappointed at reconciling the details so quickly. I truly expected it to be more challenging. Or did I learn more from reading all those Agatha Christie novels than I previously thought?

Taking a cue from the simplicity of Thomas’ postcard, I created ‘This Is Not White.’ It was inspired by a Clorox bleach campaign from a few years back.

This Is Not White I

When it came to the reverse side, I paid homage to the typewritten piece and the man behind it.

This Is Not White I (Back)

All bits were scraps left behind from other projects.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!