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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!

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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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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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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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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Scrapbooking meets Mail Art

A “funky card” from my IUOMA-friend Melanie Lucas from Arkansas in the US.

 

 

She’s a scrapbooker at heart and sends out amazing mail art/scrapbook cards. Since I’m such a sucker for pretty patterned papers and stationery in general I can’t stop marveling at the beautiful materials she used for this card 🙂 Thank you, Melanie!

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Over the hills…

The three “Pie Hills”…

Sometimes artists struggle to find inspiration and new ideas, other times it’s as easy as taking an image from a magazine for the muse to grant us an inspirational thrill ride. And this is exactly how I came up with this piece of mail art that I eventually turned into three separate postcards. I call them the “PIE HILLS” consisting of “Pineapple Prominence” (on the left), “Blueberry Bluff” (in the middle) and “Rhubarb Ridge” (on the right).

…and their envelopes.

How easily can you get inspired? Have you ever picked up a single object – a piece of scrap paper – and immediately had an idea for a piece of art?

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: Last two through the finish line…

Hello everyone,

This week I received my last two postcards from Kat’s faboulous art postcard swap.

Original photo by Kara Monroe

A magnificent photograph by Kara Monroe from the US, who’s also *thumbs up* a postcrossing member and mail artist. For this particular swap she decided to stick with photography even though she likes to explore many other fields and forms of art too. Check out her fabolous blog at www.iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com  🙂

Original photo by Kat Sloma

And this is the sixth and final postcard from Kat Sloma herself. I think the photograph is simply mesmerizing. Here is the link to her site again: www.kateyestudio.com . Maybe you are even able to attend one of her photography courses or workshops. I think she also offers some online too.

The swap has been so much fun! I can’t wait for the upcoming blog-hop and of course next year’s swap 🙂

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Wild Words: PELICAN (Wild Words Series Part 3)

The Wild Words’ PELICAN went to Stephanie Blake, a fellow Mail Artist from Alabama. Over at IUOMA she had commented on the GORILLA I’d sent to arttower here in Germany, saying how much she loved it. So, knowing that she would like it I grabbed the PELICAN and mailed it to her 🙂 I think especially it’s envelope turned out fantastic!

Have a great Wednesday ;P

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