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Inspiring mail art friends

Of course, mail art wouldn’t work without having people who you could send it to. Nadine Wendell-Mojica is one of my best mail art friends, she even kept on sending me the most wonderful and entertaining ink sketches when I wasn’t getting around to do any postal art myself. It is thanks to her that I never forget to come back to drawing, painting and crafting for my dear mail art friends all around the world after months of inactivity.
Here is a collage of all the great encouragement I’ve received from her so far:
Nadine Wendell-Mojica COLL kleine Datei Thank you, Nadine. I hope I can get something in the mail for you soon.
SARAH.

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Mailbox joy three times over

The first postcards from the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap” arrived. And I got the first three all at once! So, my mailbox was more than happy with the mailman today.
Well, here are the treasures:

#1 from Kelly Ishmael – mindingmynest.com
What a beautiful photograph! I also looked at the others on her site “Minding My Nest”, she takes such gorgeous photographs of flowers. Thank you so much for liberating your art, Kelly!
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#2 from Snap – twistylane.blogspot.com
“be happy” and I SO am (!) because I’m the lucky recipient of this great postcard 😉 Thanks, Snap, for sharing it in this years swap!
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#3 from Mandy Kopelke – mandykopelke.com
The colors! I can’t stop marvelling at these bright and vivid colors. Thank you Mandy for liberating it!
“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.”
– Paul Gaugiun
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Your eyes are huge!

Manga Fever desk

No, my eyes aren’t really huge but what I choose as image for my “Liberate Your Art” postcards this year has something to do with huge eyed cartoon figures. To be exact: Manga characters. Yes, I’ve been – or still am (?) – back to “that phase“. As I now have a roommate who is big into all things Japanese and a so-called “cosplayer“, I guess it was just a matter of time until the Manga-fever got me again. Here a small study of “Manga Fever” based on many subejcts. Not. Just one: Me.

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WARNING!: Manga Fever is not a real disease. Just in case 🙂

Well, and this is my little “Chibi Pilot” postcard that I’m liberating in Kat’s postcard swap this year:

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I hope the recipients will enjoy it 🙂

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For a fresh (re)start

It’s been a looooo…ng time – and I can’t promise that it won’t happen again. For a while I was convinced I wouldn’t even make it back at all but then the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2013” rolled around. That changed my mind and now I hope it will help me get back into the flow of postcrossing, mail-arti-ing and – of course – blogging 🙂

Sonow, I’m right in the middle of this years “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap” (organized by the wonderful Kat Sloma from Kat Eye Studio). Swap day was the 6th of April and I’m waiting to find the first cards in my mailbox. Uhh…, I’m so excited!

And then today, I gathered all the Mail Art and Postcrossing cards I hadn’t posted yet and added them to the galleries. It’s not that much but you are welcome to take a look. There are only a few images missing that I haven’t been able to unearth yet. Maybe I’ll find them as I go along reorganizing all my blogging files (or what’s left of them after the big “laptop-hit-the-floor-and-smashed-it’s-poor-little-brains-day“).

Tomorrow (I hope) I’ll show you the art I liberated in the swap this year.

P.S. My laptop got a brand new brain aka hard-drive and is up and running again.  My roommate is now lovingly calling it “Zombie” because it was raised from the dead. I guess the condemned really do live longer after all.

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Le Mysterieux Carnival: Beware of the fangs…

Come in! come in!

I don’t bite – at least I will try not to ; )

…even though:

“The blood is the life… and it shall be mine.”  ~ Dracula by Bram Stoker

I hope you all remembered to bring your silver ticket!

Now, what I offer you is the chance to win one of these fabolous fanged postcards you see below:

And if that weren’t enough, one of my silver tickets will be included as well!

How you enter:

(A) If you don’t mind your e-mail address publicly displayed you can simply leave a comment (including your e-mail address!!!) below. Then you’re definitely in it to win it : )

or

(B) If you prefer a little more discretion when it comes to your e-mail address, you can enter by using this form:


Just put your e-mail into the top field, check the box and you’re also in it to win it : )

General Info:
– The prizes: 3 x 1(ONE) postcard and 1(ONE) silver ticket shipped to you by snail mail. –> So, there will be three winners!
– Entries will be accepted until 11.59 pm CET(GMT+1) on Wednesday the 10th of October 2012.
– I will ship worldwide!
– The winners will be chosen by using “random.org”.
(-  and yes, it’s allowed to double your chances by leaving a comment and using the form.)

I wish you “Good Luck!” and have fun visiting all these beautifully spooky carnival boths across the blogosphere : )

Here is your link to the link-list of all booths.

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Print me happy

A passion I rediscovered a while back is print making, especially lino-cuts. So it was a pleasant surprise to receive this woodcut print from Michalis Kotsaris:

It only seems to be a piece of a larger print. I wonder what the whole image looks like…
Oh, and just take a quick look at the envelope he sent his print in. Aren’t the stamps wonderful!?

Of course I replied by sending him a print myself. Since Michalis is Greek I took the idiom “bringing owls to Athens” as prompt and started working on an owl-print.
It was a great opportunity for me to give the “Speedball Speedy Carve” I’d bought a try. I’d heard so much good about it from other artists. The blocks are made out of a rather soft rubber which makes it easy to carve your images into it and it doesn’t wear down your tools as fast as linoleum or wood. But I noticed that it’s also easy to become carving-happy when working with it; it’s just so easy. Well, the rubber definitely has one advantage over the linoleum: You can keep the finished rubber-stamp and reuse it over and over again while lino kind of changes its shape once you’ve printed and cleaned it.

Now, this is the final piece of mail art I sent to Michalis. Besides the idiom I also added this nursery rhyme to it:

“A wise old owl lived in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?”

I made it a trifold, I hope you can see how I folded it. The black kind of swallows the folding lines and edges.

Carving my rubber stamp was a lot of fun and I’ll probably stick with the “Speedy Carve” for smaller stamps. Have you ever used the Speedball rubber blocks? What do you think of it?

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SENT CARD #34: Wild Words: DACHSHUND (Wild Words Part 5)

I lost a dog in the mail. Of course not a real one but my “Wild Words: DACHSHUND” didn’t make it to its recipient Marieke in the Netherlands. I send it to her as postcrossing-card but while in transit the image side of the card got seperated from the backing with the address. Marieke only found the back side in her mailbox but not the front 😦

The poor dog that didn’t make it to its new home 😦

This is all Marieke found in her mailbox.

I’m so glad now that I always scan and photograph my outgoing mail because that way I was able to at least upload an image of it for her. I’m also having this postcard featuring the Dachshund-image printed at moo.com. I will be sending to her once I get it.

Art print of the “Wild Words: DACHSHUND” I’m having made at moo.com right now together with a few other pictures.

Well, in the future I’ll probably not send out any more selfmade postcards without an envelope – at least not the ones that consist of more than one piece of cardboard…

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“THE green DRESS” … or: not so trashy trashpo

Do we call this art or is it simply trash? In case of trahspo it’s both! I’m not much of a trashpo-artist but sometimes even I like to save something from the garbage can to incorporate it into my art. In this piece of mail art I made my fair lady wear a candy wrapper dress ; )

The recipient of “THE green DRESS” is Viviana from Argentina. I hope she doesn’t mind me sending her trash ^^

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Flowers from Rachel

This is the wonderful mail art I received from Rachel Freeman-Irvin, the artist to whom I’d sent my “Wild Words: FLAMINGO“.

Her collages are so amazingly bright! I noticed that they’re all covered with a coat of clear lacquer. But not just that, she’s put them into little clear sleeves as well. To me it seems to be a great way to protect the images and keep the colors from fading. Next time I create a collage I’ll definitely give the clear lacquer a try.

Besides the two original pieces of art, she also included this postcard-sized print:

If you’d like to see more of Rachel’s work just check out her website(s) 🙂

Rachel Freeman’s Mail Art Site @ http://mailartforrachel.blogspot.com/
Rachel Freeman Collage Art @ http://eugenenme.blogspot.com/
Rachel Freeman Collage Art (II)
@ http://home.earthlink.net/~eugenenme/

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SENT CARD #29: Without A Warning

(#29) DE-1278202 to Karin (THE NETHERLANDS) who studies meteorology in the UK. The postcard traveled 359 miles (577 km) in 10 days.

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Oblivious and careless I keep on chattering, my mind far away from the immediate danger I’m in.

My driver tightens her grip on the steering wheel and forces the car to stay on track. Strong winds threaten to push it of the road. I don’t notice.

It rains and a thick sheet of water runs down the side windows like a rivulet smoothing the pebbles in its bed. The wipers aren’t making a lick of difference with their frantic back and forth across the windshield. I don’t spare it more than the occasional glance and keep rambling on about trivialities. They may be matters of more importance but right now they mean nothing.

My driver’s eyes dart to the thermometer inserted in the dashboard. The temperature dropped rapidly. Within less than a mile it had dropped by almost ten degrees. My questions are misfit; her answers monosyllabic.

Seemingly thick lightning bolts keep striking the earth around us: I’m still marveling at their beauty while the thunder’s already booming in my ears. I turn around to my driver, finally shutting my stupid mouth. Even my blind eyes are noticing the quiver of fear in the air around her. But even now I still only offer to check the radio stations for any news on this – to me absolutely fascinating and to my driver most worrisome – weather situation.

Hail joined the thick drops of rain. A storm’s raging mere inches from my face while I enjoy the calm of oblivion. There are no news on it. But it doesn’t matter anymore as we can already see the end of it all.

Beyond the edge of the storm’s dark clouds, smiles a friendly bright blue sky. It could’ve been a tornado. It could’ve cost us our lives. It could’ve been our end. And still: I don’t care. Always wrapped up in the blanket of ignorance. An ignorance born out of inexperience.

I feel safe.

Too safe?

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(Just to make sure: The depiction of the situation I was in when I took the picture is slightly exaggerated. It was still pretty freaky and rather dangerous though.)

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Remembering Spring 2

Okay, I know this is getting a little ridicolous… but in my opinion it would be a shame to keep this pretty piece of mail art from you until next year. It’s from Julia Winkler who always sends me such nice and darling mail art. I really like the pastell colors she used in this one – and all the little figures and speech bubbles!

 

I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do, so  that you can excuse my posting of spring-themed mail art in mid/late-September.

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Le Mysterieux Carnival: Come join us all on October 6th!

I had so much fun during the Liberate Your Art Blog Hop this past weekend. And now I’ve stumbled upon this great upcoming blog-party in October: Le Mysterieux Carnival! Like I already mentioned yesterday: Autumn/Fall is my favourite season and I can’t wait for Halloween, so this is the perfect thing for me!

Besides sigining up online you create your own “Silver Ticket” to be granted admission to the Carnival. During the actual blog-party every participant will have a booth (post) on their blog sharing art, costumes, crafts, jewelry, dolls, puppets, food, books, stories, family photos or recipes. Some might even add a giveaway *hint,hint ^^. Of course, I’ll have a little postcard-booth with some special Autumn/Fall and Halloween themed cards. Uhh, I’m so excited!

Thanks Marfi and Anna for creating this awesome blog-event; I can’t wait to get started on my ticket and booth!

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Wild Words: CHEETAH (Wild Words Part 4)

The fourth animal to join the “Wild Words” line-up is the CHEETAH. It sprinted all the way to Pucelilina’s/Julie’s mailbox in Belgium 🙂

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Remembering Spring

Today I’ve noticed how you can already feel the coming autumn/fall in the air. It’s my favorite season of the year but still: Where the heck have spring and summer gone – really?!

Well, this is a piece of mail art I did in April. It’s called “Green Leaf”. I sent it to Melanie Lucas, the wonderful artist that made this awesome funky scrapbook card I showed you the other day.

And I even wrote a few lines of poetry for the Green Leaf ^^

“If spring were an artist
its favorite color would be
the vibrant and lush green
of a newly sprouted leaf.”

Not too shabby for someone that doesn’t write poems or poetic kind of texts very often, is it?!

Now, since it’s basically autumn/fall I’ll probably create a twin card to this one and call it “Red Leaf” or “Golden Leaf” or something like that ; P. Once I’m finished I’ll share it here with you of course.

I hope you had a great sunday : )

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: Recap and Blog Hop

The “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012”: I’ve never participated in anything quite like it. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m definitely game for next year’s swap 🙂 So, before I go on I want to thank Kat Sloma for organizing all of it: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

In the form of five postcards I’ve liberated my art into the world…

…in return I received six postcards from other artists doing the same.

During the weeks of the swap I could feel how my inspirational batteries were being recharged with each card I found in my mailbox. I got to look through other artists eyes – and through the viewfinder on Pam Bowers’, Kara Monroe’s and Kat Sloma’s camera.  Seeing other people’s works always shows me new ways of look at the world around me, leads me to disscover new paths of creativity and points out other ways of expressing oneself. For instance: If it hadn’t been for Cris’s card from Ohio I’d have never known what zentangles are and would’ve never tried it myself. I ordered a little booklet on it from amazon and am now tangling like crazy; it’s so much fun!

Well, I can’t thank everyone enough, especially Jan, Kate, Pam, Cris, Kara and Kat; for liberating their wonderful art into the world, for recindling my creative energies and for driving me to tackle new projects! Thank you all!!!

Now, get on hopping 😉 here is the link.

I hope everything works okay.

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