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Catch up

#1) Just a quick intro to this post:
This is a potpourri of all the mail art and postcrossing cards that I’ve sent and received but haven’t shared with you yet. I don’t feel like I can go on with new projects, new mail art and new postcrossing endeavours while there are still things sitting around my desk that I haven’t at least mentioned to you. It would somehow go against what I set out to do with this blog: Share.

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So now,#2) I share with you card 4 – 6 from the “Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2013“:

Card #4 from Michelle Ledesma
04 LYA 2013_Michelle Ledesma (1) klD

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Card #5 from Valeria zenmindphotography.blogspot.com
05 LYA 2013_Valeria (1) klD

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and card #6 from the super-awesome Kat herself of course 🙂
06 LYA 2013_Kat Sloma (1) klD

The swap was a lot of fun this year too. Thanks everyone for your beautiful and inspiring cards!

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#3) I share with you four postcrossing cards:

DE-1990441 sent to Vicky in RUSSIA
Postcrossing (1)

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DE-2120755 sent to Goossina in THE NETHERLANDS
Postcrossing (2)

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DE-1990429 sent to Stephan in New York, USA
Postcrossing (4)

Stephan’s reply to my postcrossing card
Postcrossing (3)

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#4) I share with you wonderful mail art, big and small 🙂

Zodiac mailart from Julie aka Pucelilina (Belgium)

0037 Julie Kesteman BELGIUM

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Two cards from Pascal Coupechoux (France)

0034 Pascal Coupechoux FRANCE (1) 0035 Pascal Coupechoux FRANCE (1)

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Some really cool mail art from Susan McAllister (USA). She’s sent me this card as a surprise after I’d left a comment on one of her other works.
Thank you, Susan.

0033 Susan McAllister USA (1) 1

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Mail art from E (France) for my participation in his “Show me your Soul” – Mail Art Project. (To see my contribution click here)

-E- FRANCE

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“Blue Moon” from BrisChris (Australia)

0039 BrisChris AUSTRALIA (1)

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From Lestaret & Co. (England, UK). The tiniest piece of mail art I’ve received so far. The envelope is just a little bigger than a credit card.

Lestaret & Co ENGLAND UK

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#5) I will keep on sharing and spreading my love for art, especially postal art. And now that I’ve caught up, I can devot myself to new projects like this one:

My big Star Trek Into Darkness painting 😉
This is the first stage of it (I had to up the contrast in photoshop so you could see the pencil sketch on the canvas; in reality the lines are not as stark as they appear to be in this photo):
Star Trek Into Darkness painting - Stage 1_0002_edited

This is the refrence I’m using:
star_trek_into_darkness_us_filmposter

Hope to see you around,
SARAH.

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RECEIVED CARD #24: I love horses :)

I received another cute horse postcard via Postcrossing 🙂 This one’s from Elżbieta (Elizabeth). It traveled 454 miles (731 km) from Poland to Germany.

(#24) PL-332049 from Elzbieta (POLAND)

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RECEIVED CARD #25: Bits of Egypt in Russia

This postcard from Nastya shows the Egyptian Bridge across the the Fontanka river in St. Petersburg. The card traveled a distance of 899 miles (1446 km) in 25 days.

Nastya also sent me a this Russian saying:

I still haven’t quite understood the saying. Nastya admits that she only knows a little English… well, and I only know a little Russian. I really wish I were better at it and could read the saying in its original cyrillic script. If anyone can help me with this, I’d really appreciate it 🙂

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RECEIVED CARD #6.1: More Mail from Down Under

This is one of the first postcrossing cards I received when I registered. It’s from Leanne who lives in Tamworth, Australia. Every January they are having a music festival in town which makes Tamworth “The County Music Capital” – at least in New South Wales 🙂

(#6.1) AU-156832 from Leanne (AUSTRALIA); traveled time:  21 days; distance traveled:  9968 miles (16042 km);

 

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A baby kangaroo in my mailbox :)

Just as much as I love the regular postcard exchange on postcrossing I also enjoy the occasional “direct swap”. If it weren’t for this wonderful option I would have never received this cute little baby kangaroo from Penny.

Penny and her family live in Australia and try to collect a postcard from every country in the world. Additionally they are also collecting postcards from every district, province and independent city. So in return for the cute kangaroo baby card, I sent them a postcard featuring different views of places and buildings in my hometown.

I hope this little card helped them get one step closer to the completion of their collection. It definitely is a huge task!

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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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RECEIVED CARD # 21: Rio!

Since the next Olympic Games in 2016 will take place in Rio de Janeiro I thought it would be nice to share a postcard from Brazil with you today. Et voilà I’ve got this little beauty from Daniela in my stack of postcrossing cards 🙂 Even though she lives in a small city near Sao Paulo, Daniela sent me a card with pictures from the carnival Rio is so famous for.

RECEIVED CARD # 21 : BR-185646 from Daniela (BRAZIL)

It’s still a mystery to me how the women can dance wearing those huge head-dresses, extensive costumes and unbelievable high-heels. I’ve never been to Brazil but I surely wouldn’t say no if I should ever get the chance to go there. Just seeing the carnival in Rio must be an incredible experience.

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RECEIVED CARD # 22.2: A Happy Cat from Russia

You know, cats just make me happy 🙂 And they’re healthy for you too: Research has shown that a cat’s purr “can lower blood pressure and quiet a stressed out brain” (Rebecca Johnson, director of the University of Missouri’s Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction). There’s a very nice articel about the postitve effects a cat can have on its owner on USAtoday.com.

I don’t know if a postcard with a cute kitten on it, like this one from Kirill, can have quite the same effect. There certainly are a few endorphins being released into my bloodstream when I look at it 😉

RU-715150 from Kirill (RUSSIA); travelled 1130 miles (1818km) in 26 days.

Well, all there’s left to say is: “BE HAPPY!”.

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RECEIVED CARD #18: Volcanic eruption

Hey everyone,

Postcrossing is such an amazing project – yes, I know, I’m repeating myself here but I can say it often enough – really! So, Postcrossing is an AMAZING project because it shows you so much of the world without having to leave your home. It allows people of ALL ages to participate: Thus keeping the wonderful world of snail mail alive by passing it on to the e-mail generation of today.

The card I’m sharing with you today was sent to me by 9-year-old Polina from Tomsk in Russia. It traveled 2,863 miles (4,608 km) in 12 days.

After a lot of rummaging through my brain for the precious few remains of my Russian-language-skills from Russian-class in 9th or 10th grade and some thourough online-research I can say that the card is showing the  Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Any native speaker is welcome to correct me if my translation is wrong; my Russian is really terrible. I never really made it past “Меня зовут Сара” and “Я люблю футбол.” – really.

Well, Polina even put her address on the card’s back and I think I’ll send her something in return. Maybe I’ll even get her a postcard here in Vermont instead of Germany. I haven’t decided yet but once I have you’ll surely read about it here on my little blog 😉

Before I keep rambling on about random stuff and bore you aout of your mind, I wish you a  great day and a mailbox full of goodies and NO bills 🙂

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P.S. I feel like there is so much more that wants to bubble up right now. But stop! Okay. Really. I’m done.

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RECEIVED CARD #22.1: Blue and white porcelain

This is a “pottery” postcard from Catherine in China. I like it a lot and am wondering if there are more parts to it, since it looks like it’s been cut from a larger piece…

Well, it travelled a distance of 5489 miles (8834 km) in 53 days. And look at those stamps too! Thank you, Catherine 🙂

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RECEIVED CARD #20

Another card from the Netherlands. This one was sent to me by Hetty from Kampen, which is 167 miles (268 miles) away from where I live. So it only took five days until it got dropped in my mailbox 🙂

I also sent a card back to Hetty, featuring a picture of the old townhall in my hometown. It’s one of my favourite buildings in the city.

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RECEIVED CARD #17: I’m not Rosana

This postcard came all the way from the Spanish island Tenerife off Africa’s west coast. So it traveled 2,154 miles (3,467 km) in 11 days to reach my mailbox and me in Germany.

Noelia – or nosoyrosanna (I’m not Rosanna) as she calls herself on Postcrossing – is very passionate about photography and enjoys old school cameras using film. She owns two lomographic cameras and has her own little website to share her pictures with the world > http://www.lomography.es/homes/deprofundis

The postcard’s design is one of Noelia’s original photographs. It shows her friend’s dog “Bender” (yes, her friend named the dog after the Futurama character – lol). She used an extreme wide angle fisheye lense and redscale film. It’s definitely one of the most interesting cards I’ve ever received; I wish I had a fisheye lens…

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RECEIVED CARD #16: From Europe to Asia and back

Hey!
This card is a little different from all the other Postcrossing cards I’ve received before…

It was sent to me by Dutch member Rickster who spent three weeks in Japan visiting his Japanese girlfriend. They are a real Postcrossing-couple becuase they got to know each other through a postcard sent with the Postcrossing-project. Isn’t that cute!?!

Well, and he used some of his precious time in Japan to send me my 16th received Postcrossing-postcard 🙂 Thank you Rickster!
Oh, and look at the pretty stamps he used!!!

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RECEIVED CARD #12: Other-worldly Beauty

This is sooo beautiful…

The Liushidan Mountains, the “Sixty Stone Mountains” look so idyllic and fantastical in this picture that I can’t believe that this is an actual place on this planet!!!

So, here a little shout-out to Wei-Ching from Taiwan who’s sent me this incredible postcard:
“THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I love it :)” 

And the postcard’s travelling facts:
Distance travelled: 5778 miles (9298 km)
Time travelled: 32 days

I’ve never really considered going to Taiwan but after getting a glimpse of Wei’s home-country through her postcard I think I might have to go there one day 🙂

What other-worldly beautiful places do you know of or even have been to?

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