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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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