Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Celebrating Fluxfest 2016

This week’s Trash Bubble was inspired by the upcoming Fluxfest Chicago 2016, to be held over Memorial Weekend. I have yet to decide who its recipient shall be. It might sit a spell in the studio while I think on it.

Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (full view)

Have a ball! Be vibrant!

Celebrating Fluxfest 2016 (close-up top)

BE BOLD! IMPACT LIVES! FLUXFEST 2016!

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In the last week, I have received two Trash Bubbles from fellow mail artists and I must say, they are over-the-top amazing!

First to arrive was this one from Lucky Pierre, aka: Marla Kittler. At first, it didn’t seem like a bubble, as it came in a brown wrapping like a typical package.

Lucky Pierre Bubble Packaging

When opened, the box gave way to this:

Lucky Pierre Vitamin C

Vitamin C by Lucky Pierre

Had I paid closer attention to the sea horses stamped on the outer package, I’d have had a hint as to its contents. The tiny shells, shark tooth and vertebrae are stunning in this bubble!

The back was no less so…

Lucky Pierre Vitamin C 2016

Vitamin C by Lucky Pierre (back)

Superb job, Lucky “Marla” Pierre! I love it! It made my day!

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (full view)

Junk Art by C. Mehrl Bennett

The second Trash Bubble came from C. Mehrl Bennett. I’d had a heads-up that this one was coming and I was eager for its arrival. So much so, that I was sincerely disappointed that it did not arrive over the weekend as anticipated.

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up top)

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up mid-section)

C. Mehrl Bennett Junk Art (close-up bottom)

There is so much going on inside this piece and my photos don’t do it justice. It is a feast for the eyes, full of texture and rich color! Thank you, Catherine! It’s amazing!

Send your versions of Trash Bubbles to the studio any time you wish. I will be happy to feature them in an upcoming Tuesday Trash Bubble post.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

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!

The Amazing Stephanie Blake Strikes Again!

This piece of mail art deserves its very own post for the sheer volume of eye candy it contains!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V1

Stephanie Blake is one of the talented collage artists I’ve met through the International Union of Mail Artists.

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Her stuff speaks to me on so many levels!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V3

The texture! The visual interest! The color palette!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V4

The combination of seemingly unconnected elements to create a whole!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V5

Her collages are at once nostalgic and whimsical!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V6

They are resourceful and beautiful!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V7

They evoke a sense of wonder!

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V8

Encouraging one to explore deeply…

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V9

To drink in every detail…

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V10

To fall in love with the bits of this and that as they blend seamlessly, effortlessly creating the most unique experience for the viewer…

Stephanie Blake CP #92 V11

For they are the stuff of dreams!

A huge thank you to Stephanie for Collage Packet #92 and all that it brought along with it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!