Monday, January 31, 2011
I have a drawer full of folded up maps and am determined to use up a lot of them before the year is out. I used my paper cutter to cut strips out of several of them.
Then I used YES! paste, an all purpose glue, to adhere the strips to the piece of matt board I had selected. It was a messy process to do this, which I don't like. I don't like having sticky hands! I tried to create something that looked like a new place.
After the glue dried, which took less time than I thought it would, I turned the piece over and cut it up into 4" x 6" pieces (10 cm x 15 cm) I was able to get 4 postcards out of the piece and some scraps which I'll use a tiny art piece.
I decided to attach the butterflies, see previous post, using Golden regular gel (matte) medium. That worked nicely to dull the cards down.
I think these will make it through the mail machinery without a problem.
I'm going to try this method again tomorrow, to see if I can do a better job with the surface.
Oh, yes, I also like using Tombow double stick tape in the roll on applicator. Expensive but easy to travel with and good for large areas. I really like Uhu brand adhesives, but couldn't find the roll on at my locally owned art supply store and i do like to support them.
By the way, I do not get paid or get freebies by talking about these products that I use.
I like the way they look like they were done with water colors, a medium over which I have NO control.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
|First card made in New Orleans|
|2nd card made in New Orleans|
|3rd card made in New Orleans|
|4th card made in New Orleans|
|Last card made on trip in airport at Atlanta|
The white "O" on the blue background is the little label we got when we paid admissions to the Ogden Museum. This museum had some pretty terrific work in it and a surprising exhibit of huge pottery, which I'll blog about later. Huge!
This card has a bit of scrap showing Blue Dog. The Blue Dog gallery is in the French Quarter. We don't "get" Blue Dog but he's very popular and well known.
My last card made while away, was created while waiting for the connecting flight from Atlanta to Richmond. We'd had to leave our hotel at 8h00 so I didn't get to work on a card in New Orleans. Then our flight from Atlanta to home was cancelled and we were rebooked on a later flight, so I had plenty-o-time to play. I wasn't too bad working on my lap. I had my little envelope of scraps and my glue stick and metal ruler. I, also, had a little plastic box with the numbers in it.
All in all, I was pretty pleased by being able to make these cards while on holiday. It preparing me for our longer trip in the spring. Photographing the cards worked out okay, too. They came out pretty crisp, though I will admit that I took several of each card at different settings.
Monday, January 24, 2011
A friend called me yesterday while I was abed and I'm not sure I made much sense but I do remember her telling me that she's decided where she was going on her next trip. She was so excited about it. I made this card for her today though there isn't any piece of it related to her choice. It's just that traveling is so sweet!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
|Homage to Christo|
|Homage to Karel Appell|
|Homage to Calder|
I put the backgrounds (the paintings) on the blank cards and just looked at them for awhile. I was wishing I had more legs but, alas, no legs in my tins, or none that I could easily find. What to do what to do?
Then I came across some people working on art restoration in one of my old, old National Geographic Magazines.
Except for Karel, who gets a child inspecting him with a magnifying glass.
These are early examples of the artists' work, too. I didn't even recognize the Hockney as one of his paintings.
|Homage to David Hockney|
John Whiting at Antique Village up on Route 301. We hadn't been up there in a long time, so this was a real treat. There was an article about John this week in Style Weekly and lots of people were at the shop because of that. Good publicity.
Another cool thing, John asked me if I'd come to a meeting of the Postcard Club and talk about Mail Art. They're all about collecting and exhibiting old postcards and know nothing about Mail Art. It'll be fun. He said they don't pay any honorarium but I'd get a tee-shirt! Hey, will work for tee-shirt.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
|American Gallery 1|
These are a couple of fotos that I took when the VMFA had an exhibit of flowers based on paintings. It was a wonderful exhibit.
The painting in American Gallery 2 can also be seen in my Mail Art #45a. I'd found a reproduction of it in a brochure. It's a very beautiful painting.
|American Gallery 2|
|"Hello in there, there are butterflies out here!"|
This #51 was made up with pieces from a 1963 National Geographic, with butterflies added from a calendar. It turned out really sweet. At first, I wasn't sure it worked but then it did. What do you think?
FIRST - I covered a piece of matt board with paper scraps. The small white rectangles are where I'd cut something out of the other side of the paper.
I then added a person/s to the three that didn't have one. Just to give some focus and personality to the cards.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
|Soaking up sun|
|"Let me know when this arrives"|
I can't believe that I'm on day #50! Only 315 more to go. yikes. I was busy all day and didn't get into my studio until late afternoon without a clue what I was going to do. I've decided that when I'm clueless I'll just glue something down on a big piece of board and go from there.
Now if they only get to their destinations!
I found out today that the card I sent to my Maestra de español didn't get to her and she lives only 3 miles away, across the James River. Dissapointed, I'm so so so.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
MailArt365 came about because I wanted to use the big veggies and the little girl, who was waiting patiently in one of my tins. I almost put too many pieces on this and stopped myself just in time. Whew. What do you think? Not too busy, right?
Monday, January 17, 2011
|Off to Afghanistan|
I was surprised at how these turned out. I mean, I made them, and yet, they surprised me. How much fun it that?
This one is going to a friend in the midwest as a birthday card. Kind of balloon-like, right?
Lots of action in this one, with those little balls bouncing around. These of have a happy feeling.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I used wide double stick tape to put the two cards together, neatly sandwiching the badge. I had this sweet faced little boy, probably from a Dutch master, which fit perfectly in the corner, and there at hand was this text from a design magazine. Perfecto! Today's card appeared, I had to make it #47.
The recipient will have to peel apart the two cards to get at the badge, which may mean this image is the only lasting one of the #47. Unless the recipient is VERY careful, the cards may get torn in the peel apart process. But all is impermanent, to quote the Buddha.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
|"move them here"|
|"move them there"|
I made myself laugh using these two images that I had of the same event. I knew that I had to put these guys to work pushing people around. Notice that "sledge" has NO wheels. What the heck! And all the while, a very large auto is looming in the background.
|"from Coldstream to Pinch Creek"|
Large American car, tiny oxen cart. Let's see, which one will be most effected by the higher price of fossil fuel. Hmmm.
There really is a place with this name in New Mexico, USA. See it there on the map?
|"Truth of Consequence"|