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Spring 2018 Postcards for me…

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I’ve received 6 postcards to date through iHanna’s Spring Swap

The first was from my dear friend Sarah Lee (we work together and she is AWESOME!) and I don’t know that I would have been able to keep it a secret like she did! She just happened to have made a coffee card, and so she knew instinctively that it was for me…

Sarah Lee is all over the interwebs (it seems to me, but I’m wildly interested in the art she makes, so…) so DarkTreeHouse is on Twitter and on Facebook for your viewing pleasure…

The second card to arrive came from Orange County, CA…

These colors just get me…

3rd came all the way from France. It came inside an envelope, which is a bit odd for a postcard, but whatever works, I say….

I’m generally impressed with sewing on paper (maybe I’ll work up the guts to try this technique someday…)

The fourth card came from Australia:

Simple and fun. LOVE the colors, tho!

And 5 & 6 are both from the states…

I’m gonna play with this scribble on black style…

And all of this layering, from the canvas-type paper to the perfect, die-cut crab are YUMMY!

I do hope to receive a couple more, but it’s not always an even 10 for 10 card swap, although it’s set up to be so.

I totally understand that life and the USPS are works in progress…

I’ll show ya’ll what I’ve done with the cards I’ve received over the past couple of years…I’ll make ya famous…

Edited 5/24/18:

Got another card in today’s post, from Illinois:

It was in an envelope, but with that subtle texture and hand-stitching, I understand…

That’s all for now…

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April showers…

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I spent 2 Saturdays mornings in April at the same place: Moschetti’s

It’s a local coffee roaster that has free coffee tastings every good Saturday, and Such. Great. Coffee.

It’s a great place to meet up with other local folks, maybe check out some art & crafts from vendors…

For me, it’s a great place to hang out, and ART my face off!

I’m working on Journal 52 2018 (I’m always behind, but I do like the prompts fromEffy for J52)…

I’m currently finishing up my postcards for iHanna’s Spring swap

These are this year’s models…extra long cards and a set of kid’s stencils got me started this year…

I played with paint…at the time, EVERYBODY was just pie-eyed about quinacridone nickel azo gold, so…

I had fun with more washi tape than any one person will ever need…really…

And gel pens…

And paint pens…

Pitt brush pens…

Magazine clippings…

Ink…

More gel pens…

Time & travel…

And a TINY bit of attitude…

I’m sending these in tomorrow’s mail…2 for Canada, one for Denmark, and the rest in the states, but none in California (where I am).

Truly, iHanna is GOOD…

Received…

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9 cards.variety is a wonderful thing…
Got the first one, from Arizona, right away:

# 2 hails from Santa Clarita 

Third up has no postmark,  so the best I guess is USA…

This cardboard masterpiece flew in from New York state:

# 5 came all the way from Aberdeen Scotland! 

The sixes also has no postmark,  but an Australian stamp, so YAY!

The last 3 all arrived on the same day. Can’t read the postmark on this one, but USA again…

And this one can only be pinned down to “midwest” an according to the artist, this card is part of an originally “uncut image” that I can view if I visit artist’s instagram. Pretty clever, there.

And finally, lucky # 9, the biggest of the bunch, and from Haverfordwest, UK (that’s Wales, that is)…

Nine out of ten is pretty good for the swap. Some folks post late, mail gets lost, life happens…I flaked one year, myself…
So, yeah…another successful swap, and another row for my hanging…art. 

Heh. You’ll see…

Spring Postcard Swap 2017

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I made 10 postcards to send for iHanna’s Spring 2017 swap. 8 were pre-printed marketing postcards that came in a little packet, and the other 2 were from some OTHER marketing thing…doesn’t matter though, ‘cuz I just covered their stuff up with mine.

Right to it, then?

They all started with gesso and…oh…stenciling with archival ink (with those little, round, Tim Holtz sponges that Velcro onto a handle, ya know?), but on the black card, I used some fiber paste instead of ink.

Cuz I’m a rebel, I am.

Paint thinned with glazing medium (my new bff):

Groovy, right? I heard tell, nickel azo gold is magic. Nah…just a great orangey gold.

More stenciling with bright orange & the darkest blue I cold find:

What? Some stuff is subtle…

Super glossy gel all in here…

YAWN! this is the point where I was completely done with trying to remember to take a photo before I did something else, so…

Everybody got some washi tape, magazine clippings, more stenciling, & words.

….AND….I’m spent.

Yowza! Too many photos, maybe? Sorry…I have also received 9 out of 10 from other folks, but that’s for another time…

Things collect themselves together…

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Am happy recipient of five (5) postcards!

The first to arrive…from The City*.

* “The City” is San Francisco,  if you don’t know…I didn’t, for a REALLY long time…

This did come from Kodiak, Alaska. Stamps are too cool.

This little piece of happy came from a tiny (!) town called Kneeland, Ca (up near Eureka). and this has stamps too! But that’s not the theme…

I don’t know where this is from. I could probably figure it out, but why? The email address, as written, is: scribblescribble@hotmail

The card is amazing, tho. It’s thick with collage medum/shellac/whatever, and the machine sewn frame completes me.

And then there’s this…

What the fuck, y’all? How am I supposed to process all of this? Honestly. The colors, composition, crackle meduim…I’m dead.

From Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Way to go, Canada .

Now, you know I use the camera on my galaxy 5 for all this, so my photos lack a certain…quality…and the light in my apartment after work in late November is notably lame on a rainy day, but DAMN!

Beige/gold/tan with red touches theme much? It’s like these strangers talked amongst themselves…!

Heh. whatever.

I GOT MORE ART!

I GOT MORE ART!!!

Postcards from ME!

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Heh. Like I’m all special or something.

I made and sent 10 postcards to various locations around the world last week. Yes, I was late dropping them in the mail, but I DID send them. I figure that the reason I have only received one (1) postcard so far is because I sent mine out late. Seems fair, but I am getting grumpy every time I open my mailbox but don’t find anything in there bud ads for black Friday sales.

Anyway, now that my kvetching is over, here are the postcards I sent this time:

Beginnings…

Progress…

10 (ten) finished postcards, ready to fly away…

Yes, the writing is all Bob Dylan quotes.

I’m a bit obsessed right now…listening to as much of his extensive recordings as I can get my hands on.  I firmly believe that listening to Dylan makes one smarter. I know there are those who don’t care for Dylan’s music (my dear friend Judy who lives for the theater comes to mind), but there are enough of us to commiserate if we would like to. I’m just seriously into his music and writing so very much…and his words are all too relevant right now…

Right…6 of the postcards started out as blank, pre-printed. postcards I bought last year. The other four were made from cracker boxes cut to size, with the printing covered by gesso. Backgrounds were watercolor, acrylic, or sprayed fabric paint.

Stamps, stencils, washi tape, and Liquitex ceramic stucco mixed with neon craft paint for the pink & orange stars.

I love playing with all this stuff…

Postcards = Happy Mail!

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I am on the train toward my vacation, and since it’s dark, I thought I’d update y’all on the postcard love.

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These are the latest four (4!) I have received. The white one is embossed with music

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and the “Life” card has lace sewn onto it, and

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I feel pretty special that the “Spring” card is from iHanna herself! 20150605_234944-1 All told, I’ve received 7 out of ten cards already and I have to say that this is getting more fun each time I participate in the swap.

I AM on vacation for the next 2 weeks and, while I’ll be unplugged and/or camping part of the time, I plan on making MUCH art. I’ll  be visiting my 2 best friends and one is an art major so I hope to see some great art, be inspired,  and play with my art too!