Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Having fun with a Gondolier!



 After a friend saw my previous use of The Gondolier on a postcard, she commented that it'd be fun to see him in different situations. So I tried that.

Here he is in a fountain at the World's Fair in NYC in 1964.


Unfortunately, my printer didn't do a very good job of printing so that he came out a little pale.

This is NOT a Gondolier card, obviously, rather something I did with the scraps on my table. I like using up my scraps this way.

Below, more of the Gondolier in his many environments. Which is your favorite?
The Gondolier

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mail art at home and away



 I made this one specifically for a member of my "circles" group on IUOMA. It was sent to her before I left for our beach vacation.

Since water, the beach, the ocean, was on my mind, I grabbed a vintage postcard and added this boatman that had been waiting on my table for just the right moment and card to alter.
A friend suggested that he'd be fun added to other cards so I scanned him and will clone him. Watch for more of him in the future.

First card at the beach! Yay, time on OBX (the outer banks of North Carolina, USA)




It's always fun to make a traveling mail art kit and spend some time away from home.

I had a few people join me in making mail art. Specifically for a 3 year old, the daughter of a friend of our daughter. She's in hospital with some severe problems.
If you'd like to send her mail - she likes octopi, dolphins, and other under water things.

The Mighty Violet
Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
100 Woods Rd        Room 2140
Valhalla, NY 10595 USA

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stuff and other stuff

 My niece sent me a photo of some old art work of mine that she'd discovered in the last, little house my mother lived in. It's a lithograph that I'd made when I was in graduate school. Rather than having my niece return it to me, across the miles, and years, she's keeping it to hang in her place. Yay.
 Here's the Mailogram that Keith Bates made for me. I'm having a rubber stamp made of it and of the Ray Johnson Bunny name piece. I can't wait to use them. I've been printing this on adhesive paper and having a rough time peeling the backing off. Well, not that rough, but a stamp will be easier.
 Here's one way I've used the Mailogram recently. I started an add-n-pass, which I may never see again, but it's fun to think of this being changed up.

If I ever get it back, I'll let you know.
 Here's the treasure trove of stamps that a friend gave to me. She had no idea how excited, happy, elated that I'd be. Jackpot!! Lottery winner!! so happy. I've enjoyed using them and practicing my math skills.
We lost another good Mail Art friend last week. Lee Ashraf El Masry, Camel O-Rama, Poison Label, and most recently Veneno Estampo. He was very dear to a lot of us, very active in our Mail Art community. We are so sad for his family. My last conversation was in end of April on Facebook Messenger. Chit chat chit chat. How sweet to read it again. RIP my friend.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The usual stuff and some funny stuff


 Here's a series of table scraps cards with circles.
 Our grand-girl added color and put some googly eyes on a fashion model in W magazine. it tickled me SO much. I took a close up photo of the face. and then made this triple portrait. So silly and funny. I laugh every time I look at it. What do you think?
Googly eyes

triple portrait with googly eyes

my car
On Friday, I drove over to the museum to attend Zona española and parked between two behemoths. I looked back at my car and was astounded at how tiny my car looked. I had to snap this photo. Doesn't it look like a toy car?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

No catchy title, Mail Art and more.





#75 reverse

Back side
 I'm trying to find a pattern to replicate this little folder.

I made it a long time ago, and ended up sewing it into a little art book.

I thought the pattern was in a book but I can't find it in any of the ones that I have. Could have been a library book or a book that I lent out.

I think it was given as a Stamp Holder.

Does anybody recognize this?


Post Creative Sprint, Mail Art and such.



 I was recycling some old magazines, 1960, that I couldn't have in my studio anymore because of the OLD smell.

I did glean a few images of sweets from an advert. Couldn't resist them.
Postcard Post Secret

Postal Museum

Added an arm in this one just for the fun of it.

A friend an I went up to Washington, DC, last week to see the exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. I had to, of course, stop at the US Postal Museum. My friend hadn't  been there before so I was eager to show it to her. There was an exhibit of postcards from Post Secret. Many were on display but so many had been received that there was a huge glassed in area full of bundled cards. This is only a portion of them. I couldn't take a full photo without lots of reflections, so I put my camera against the glass to capture this small portion.
It was a terrific exhibit.

Here's a view of the interior of the downstairs area central space. If you're in the area and haven't yet been to this museum, do go. It's right next to the train station. And entry is gratis.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

End of the Sprint - #CreativeSprint, that is.

Noah's book.
 Yesterday, I finished the 30 days of creativity on #CreativeSprint!

Sorry these photos have gotten re-arranged, so look below for the image for the Sprint. It was really amazing to participate and I encourage all of you to join up for the Fall Sprint!
You can get more information HERE.

For the last day, our prompt was to give ourselves and award or a trophy. I made something that would be visible to others so that I could start a conversation about the Sprint. I wore it to see a play last night and today I'll wear it when going out in public. It says "Finished" but in reality, I'll keep going with my own prompts.

OR use Noah's book for daily prompts.
You can get a copy of this book for yourselves, and it's in different languages, too. It's in Korean and Swedish, I know for sure.
More information HERE.

(And in case you didn't already know this, Noah's my son.)

And, to really be transparent, #CreativeSprint is the brainchild of my daughter, Mica.

That said, I joined the Sprint because the daily prompt is a welcome challenge to keep my creativity charged up.

Let me know what you're up to in your creative life. And think about signing up for next fall, I'd love to see you there.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Some more Mail Art plus....

 This #67 was part of a #CreativeSprint day, where I showed, in a series of images, how to make a piece of Mail Art.

#60 was a #CreativeSprint, where I got inspiration from some mail. It was an article from EWG about the pesticides used in conventional strawberry growing.

#62 was day 17 of #CreativeSprint. It was about writing a poem, which I'm not good at so I cut a bunch of words out of a magazine, randomly, as much as possible, but of course I was making choices. I then arranged them into this Poem - THINKING, All looked, Embracing the good. See See, Feel this Life. Be bedcoming THE spring.
Not bad for a non-poet, I'd say.


In #66, I cut up a large pieces of Mail Art that I'd received awhile ago from my Mail Art friend in Hamburg. It was on firm cardboard but I was able to get it cut up into some varied sizes. I added the playing card, the cat and the lips, and sent it off to Erni. 
 Here's the Grand-Girl, Miss Z (3), who decided she was going to call me "M" and spells out my name.

She's sitting in the antique high chair that we got in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in the early 1970s.
It's her art chair upstairs. She's drawing doughnuts. She's never eaten one but she has a good idea what they are.

I received some mail art from Keith Chambers. Including a beautiful page of faux postage commemorating DaDa.

I had to frame it and display it.
What fun to make, send and receive mail that is not a bill or an advertisement.

The usual - Mail Art and a bit more

 These blue cards were made as part of my #CreativeSprint. It might have been for day 10, and had something to do with water (to state the obvious) and I wrote about something that happened to my older sister.

She lived on Kalsman St. in Los Angeles many years ago, down hill from a dam. One day the day gave way and, as she was running up hill with her children, she looked back and saw a wall of water going by on the cross street below her. She said that it was amazing. She could see cars, refrigerators, and other things being carried away in that wall of water. After a bit, the water started to come up the street she was on. It stopped at the steps to her apartment building. What a story. The power of water.



 So I mad a few water cards to send out.

#61 was also done for #CreativeSprint. Day 16, which was something about making oneself laugh out loud.
And it made my honey say "heh heh" and then I said "heh heh" too. So it worked.


And I wanted to share this little "hospital" scene with you.
Dan in the hospital
Our grand-girl (3) love the little people hospital. She loves to play with it at our home. She put our nephew Dan into it when she learned that he'd gotten into some poison ivy and had to see a doctor. She has kept the '"pretend Dan" as she calls him in hospital, although the real Dan is now fine.  This really makes the real Dan laugh when we give him updates.