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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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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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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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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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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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At the speed of time

The Olympics are already over, I’ve been home from my trip to the US for over two weeks and have learned so many new things at work, it’s crazy how time’s flying! I think I’m really getting old… seriously, I can barely find enough time to reply to all the beautiful pieces of mail art I received over the past couple weeks, not even talking about posting it here for all of you to look at and enjoy.

But (!) – I’m optimistic that I can manage and figure out a way to manage the 24 hours in my day a little better soon. For instance today: I found out that the 45 minutes I spend on a train twice a day on my way to and from work, are just enough to prepare a cute little blog-post for you guys to read later. By the way: Did you know that we spend an average of nine months of our lives just traveling to work?

And that NOW only lasts 3 seconds?

Well, here is some mail art matching todays topic: The left card was sent to Vizma Bruns in Australia and is called “CHASING TIME”, the one on the right was sent to Guido Vermeulen in Belgium and is called “WASTING TIME”.

I hope you like them 🙂 And no matter if you are just trying to kill some TIME by reading this or are already nervously glancing at your clock worrying about not getting to I-don’t-know-where in time, have a great week and live every 3-second-NOW you get to it’s fullest! Carpe Diem! See ya soon!

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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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German Cowgirls

Spending time with my „American Family“ is always a blast. Just recently we visited a friend of theirs who owns cutting horses. For me and my American family’s current exchange student (a German horse-and-riding-addicted girl like me) it was the first time sitting on a western horse. It was so different from what we are used to. A true thrill ride!

Cutting horse “Woody” and me. Photocourtesy of my amazing American Dad 🙂 Thank you for always taking such great pictures!

And I think the following piece of art goes very well with this very unique experience. It’s my first linocut in about two years: A RODEO-cut.

I’ve sent one of the eleven prints I made to Viviana Cernjul in Argentina. Of course I created a very special envelope for it too. Take a look:

Hopefully I’ll be able to save some more time for blogging in the next couple of weeks: All the exciting things I’m seeing and experiencing during my stay in the US this year have kept me away from the blogosphere quite a lot recently.

P.S. I’ve also acquired a plethora of postcards from five different states already. Finding them is not really easy sometimes. I’ll let you know where I got mine in one of my upcoming posts. Promise : )

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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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Angel Ink

Hi everyone,

This mail art piece is an ink drawing on white copy paper that I call “Angel Ink”. I sent it to Nadine Wendell-Mojica in response to this beautiful artwork I posted earlier this week. It immediately inspired me and I imagined an angel reaching out to the girl in case she falls… well, and that’s basically what I decided to draw : ) – it’s as simple as that ; P

Have a great weekend!

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The BEAR in you

This piece of mail art went to Daniel “Bear” Qualls in South Carolina. I’d say it’s pretty obvious why I decided to create some bear art for Bear ; )

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