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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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Your eyes are huge!

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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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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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