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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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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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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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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: FLAMINGO (Wild Words Series Part 2)

Hi everyone! Happy Monday 😉

This  is the second piece out of my new mail art series “Wild Words”. I sent the FLAMINGO to Rachel Freeman-Irvin from Kansas. She is a wonderful collage artist and I’m the lucky recipient of two of her wonderful flower collages (don’t worry, I’ll show them two you in another post) Pop over to her blog Rachel Freeman Collage Art and take a peek at her work. It’s so pretty.

Well, this is the FLAMINGO I sent to her:

On my way home from work I had put together a much longer post for the FLAMINGO but now I think I should simply let the art speak for itself. I’ve always complained in school when we disected those wonderful works of art into microscopic pieces and pinned a meaning to each little fragment. I often doubt that artists have ever put as much of a message into their works as people try to interpret into them all the time. Sometimes there might be a larger and more complex message and sometimes – or most of the times – art is simply art and should not be burdened with so many words but simply be experienced. Art should make YOU think but you should not tell the artist what to think! I hope my little rant makes any sense to you. It’s just my opinion. What’s yours?

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Between Ape and Man (“Wild Words” Series Part 1)

It’s the weekend again, yay. This is a piece of mail art I received from arttower, a fellow German mailartist 🙂 On the front it reads “und seine Erben” (“and his heirs”) and on the back “Experiment des Monats” (“experiment of the month”). The whole thing makes me think of the evolution of man, Darvinism and genetics. And you?

Well, thinking of monkeys, especially apes and us – humanity – as their heirs, I decided to sent this piece of mail art to arttower in return. It’s out of my new mail art series “Wild Words”: The GORILLA. Yes, I’m still into the typographic images lately ;P

I wish you a great weekend!

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Liberate Your Art 2012: Number 3 – Let’s tangle with Cris!

“You can do anything one stroke at a time.”

Hello everyone!

Today I found my third postcard from Kat Sloma’s postcard swap in my mailbox. It’s from Cris in Ohio, a zentangle/zendala artist. You don’t know what a zentangle is? I didn’t either until I visited Cris’amazing blog Tangeld Up In Art. To quote her:

“Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, fun relaxation artform using repetitive patterns. It helps increase focus, attentiveness, and creativity. It’s also fun. You don’t have to be an artist. No drawing experience is necessary. Really!”

Cris is a certified Zentangle teacher and if I could I’d love to attend one of her classes but as it is I have to make do with some books on it from the library or amazon. It sounds like a lot of fun and I can’t to learn more about it and try to tangle a bit myself 🙂 Maybe Cris can give me some online advice…

Thank you Cris for sending me such a lovely postcard and showing me a form of art I hadn’t heard anything about before.

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RECEIVED CARD #22.3: More art from Asia

Just the other day I told you how I don’t know much about Asian styles and forms of art (besides the mainstream-designs). Looking at the beautiful painting on Wang’s postcard I remembered this card from Tammy in Japan. It also shows a nature-themed work of art: Mount Fuji on Fine Day is the title according to text printed on the card’s back; and the artist is Hokusai Katsushika. Unfortunately it doesn’t say if it’s a painting or some kind of print because I can’t really tell. For me it could go either way…

(#22.3) JP-228783 from Tammy (JAPAN); distance traveled: 5520 miles (8883 km); days traveled: 15 days;

Either way, I love to receive postcards with images of traditional art on them. It’s fascinating to see how different the uglies and pretties of life are perceived and preserved in works of art by people around the globe.

By the way, this is the postcard I sent to Tammy in return for the beautiful Mount Fuji:

“Gay Field Flowers” by Ivana Lovkovic-Matunci

She wrote that she’d love to receive a card from me and I hope she liked the floral art from Nuernberg I picked out for her. It’s an oil-painting on glass by artist Ivana Lovkovic-Matunci.

Have a great Wednesday!

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Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2012: And so it continues with card #2 …

“Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.” – A.W. Tozek

I just received my first card from the swap yesterday and today I already find the second one in my mailbox *yay*. And the image on it is soooo… CUTE! Absolutely adorable, don’t you think?!

From Kate (USA)

The creative mind behind this pretty postcard is Kate from the United States. Living in the Midwest she specializes in children’s art and has already illustrated her first children’s picture book (that’ll soon be published). And then she’s also trying to set up her own shop to sell her paintings and prints – while also being a full-time mom (!). You see, Kate is a really busy bee! Go, Kate!!! I’m curious to see how it will all pan out for you.

Just hop over to KMericks.com if you want to stay tuned for news from Kate as well.

Thank you again, for your lovely postcard!

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RECEIVED CARD #13: 36°C, ice cream and Chinese art

In Germany we are enjoying – or maybe suffering – an incredible hot summer day. In some places it’s as hot as 39°C (102°F). So, I met with a friend at the ice cream parlor in town. And while I devoured a humongous Tiramisu sundae I decided which card to share with you today: This beautiful postcard from Wang Xuan in China.

RECEIVED CARD #13: CN-463199 from Wang Xuan (CHINA); Distance traveled: 4683 miles (7536 km); Days traveled: 32 days.

It features a traditional Chinese painting. Wang Xuan writes on the back of the card that these kind of paintings show mostly landscapes, scenery and animals. I think it’s a truly mesmerizing image. It’s a pity that I don’t know more about the Asian forms of art. Looking at this postcard it seems to be very different from our Western forms of art. I only occasionally try myself in the drawing of Manga-style characters like these…but that’s about it when it comes to “Asian art”.

My Manga characters Naruto-style… oh well 😀

Well, to wrap up this post I have some audio-stimulation for you: The song “Endless Summer” by Oceana; matching the hot weather in Germany right now! I hope you like it 🙂

Have a great sunday!

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Liberate Your Art 2012

Hi, hi, hi! There’s something I need to tell you…

I’ll be participating in Kat Sloma’s “Liberate Your Art” postcard swap this year. I’m so excited! There’re over 300 artist from all over the world taking part in it this year. I just received my postcards from moo.com (the swap is only for art-prints not originals). Ahh, I never had my art printed before *excitement bounce*! Taking full advatage of moo’s Printfinity option I got a different image on each one of my 20 ordered cards. The quality of the paper and print is amazing… some didn’t turn out that well though because I overphotoshopped the images and made a big mess of the colours – 😦 I’ll know better next time around.

Well, these are the five cards I chose for the swap:

On the back I wrote this little inspirational message:

Tomorrow I’m going to get everything in the mail to Kat. I hope my cards will make it in time. Of course I’ll keep you all posted on what’s happening during this little swap-adventure. I’m looking forward to find the first card from it in my mailbox in August.

Stay creative!

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BEAR…

Hello dear readers 🙂

“Bear…” (ink on paper; ca 16 x 22 cm)

It’s always so much fun to create mail art for my IUOMA mail art friend “Bear” from South Carolina. I try to come up with a new bear-themed piece every time I make something for him. Last time it was a roaring bear’s head I called “The Bear In You” and this time I sent him this sketch/doodle of a bear on the edge of a rock.
If you look closely enough you can see that the bear is made up of the word “bear” scribbled over and over again in various forms and shapes.

I knew I wanted to do something typographic when I saw this bicycle typogram by Aaron Kuehn online. It’s so cool! Compared to that my bear is rather lame 😦 You almost can’t tell that it’s typographic – and only very slightly so – unless it get’s pointed out to you. Aarons work though is just amazing. Don’t foget to check out his site http://aarline.info/hotaar/!

Well, of course I also came up with something special for the envelope. I roughly sketched this mountainious landscape on it using a photograph of the Great Smokey Mountians, the Apalachian Mountain Range in Kentucky as a refrence picture. I had to draw the reflection of it though because I prefer to write the address on the envelopes right side. I think anywhere on the front would be fine for mailing though.

The Great Smokey Mountains (ink and felt pen on paper; 16 x 22 cm)

So, what do you think? Have you ever done a typogram?

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Mailing my soul

Hi everyone,

When “E” sent me his FLUXUS mail art piece he also invited me to participate in his mail art projects.
Currently he is running these two:
I decided to contribute something to his Send me your soul! project and this is it:
What do you think?
What would your “soul” look like?

Have a great weekend 😉

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