Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 2016

My Mail Art 365 year is almost over and I won't make it to 365. I'm at 263 and I'll probably do a few more but not 100 more!

Here's a little of what I've been doing since my last post ...
Sort of a exquisite corpse postcard

I love this quote

Corgis are always underfoot

A silly collage

1 from a 4 from 1 postcard


This moose showed these dogs the way to Canada.

A friend encouraged me to paint so I painted him. I hope he doesn't mind ... I mailed it off to him.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fixing broken ATCs

I have a lot of ATCs that I think suck but I can't throw away. I tried adding some things to make them suck less.

I adore this albatross rubber stamp I made and I stamped a bunch on map paper as well as those card catalog drawers ...
I cut them out and added them to my sucky ATCs.

I took the prints, cut them out and the tried them out on the various ATCs to see what would work. 

I made a bunch of these ghost ATCs for a live trade in Milwaukee and then I couldn't make it. What does one do with 25 identical ATCs? Repurpose them ...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Travelling and arting

My son is touring colleges and on one trip I took along some supplies in anticipation of having down time. 
I took over the hotel room corner table

Made a silly postcard with some great scrapbook paper Stephie sent me.

Just doing whatever I want and seeing what happens ...

More doing what I want ...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

July 2016

Where does the time go? It's already July! Here's some stuff I've been making ...

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Ostara

I made this bunny stamp to celebrate Easter or Ostara - the spring equinox.

The vernal equinox falls on the same day as a full moon this year. That's got to be special! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Layers of flavors

Step 1: Procure either a cereal box or similar weight cardboard about 8 1/2 by 11"
I scratch up the glossy side with sandpaper to help glue and paint adhere better. I use a 50/50 mix of Elmer's and Aileene's tacky glue.

Step 2: Use your favorite glue to apply a layer of ripped or cut papers to your piece of cardboard. Use a brayer, the palm of your hand or your fingernails to make sure the paper is stuck really well. Let it dry completely.
Here is my glued down bits with the first smears of paint ...

Step 3: Use at least 3 more techniques from the choices below...feel free to use create fabulously layered backgrounds.
  • Add paint or ink using an unconventional household item as a stamp (potato masher, head of cabbage, flip-flop shoe)
  • Add a wash of watered down paint
  • Remove some paint with a paper towel
  • Add (glue) more paper cut-outs or punches
  • Write random words or a poem across the whole surface with a marker (Go ahead and overlap them)
  • Use masks or stencils and more paint or ink
  • Stamp a commercial or handcarved rubber stamp(s) all over
  • Gently scratch into the surface
  • Use either a regular pencil or colored pencil to draw random shapes
  • Use sandpaper to roughen it up a little in spots
  • Add some tissue paper or paper napkin bits (glue them in place)
This is sort of a midway shot - I get too caught up in the process to take photos ...

Step 4: Cut your cardboard in half and send one to each of your partners.

I'm still not exactly done ... but here is the direction I'm heading ...

You can see additional swap/exchange details here:
And finally ... here is how they looked in the end