Archive for November, 2012

Cards like this one remind me to experiment with working with smaller pieces. Thank you to the artist who made it. It’s too good to sequester in a postcard collection, so I’ll mail it to someone soon.

collage by Franca from Germany features a white bird on blue background


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The Peak

abstract postcard collage with a black peak or bat wing dominating

Is it a peak or a bat wing? Made late at night after a large late lunch…! The original goes off in the mail tomorrow.

I remember now, I made the colored background in a test run with my new-then Prismacolor art stix. Copying the resulting scribbles on colored paper came out pretty well, I think.

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Color wheel

A packet of treasures from a paper artist in Germany included among its treasures a teabag-sized enclosure full of snippets. Joining them with other snippets, I made a wheel of color for Tracy’s birthday card.

circular collage made of small paper bits

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I needed a mailer for gift tags with long fuzzy yarn tails, and I thought of this empty Ghirardelli chocolates bag. (No surprise that it was an empty bag.) The bag has pleated sides with a lot of give. As a bonus, it even smells a little chocolatey.

The cell-phone flash off the shiny bag obliterates a lot of the details, but you can see what I’ve pinned my hopes on. Don’t fail me, USPS, I have a lot of faith in you!

By the way, though I’m not a skilled Photoshop user, I definitely like their BLUR tool. PaintShop Pro probably has an analogous tool … I’ll have to look for it. It’s handy when you are publishing images that have people’s personal data in them.

chocolates bag used as an envelope

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Karen of Mail Me Some Art has made a video record of each duct tape journal she received for the swap in October. I praise her patience! I finished mine so close to the deadline that I didn’t scan a single page, and I really loved that book.

I covered most of the surfaces with collage, magazine covers, and the like. It won’t take a lot of additional thoughts to fill up this journal!

UPDATE: The videos don’t stay up forever, but it was great while it lasted.

This book form is really an unstitched pamphlet held together with a wrap of elastic or ribbon or twine. The duct tape wraps the spine of the outermost page — the cover — so that the pressure of the elastic doesn’t collapse it. The whole business slops some and relieves the bookmaker of any pressure to trim the fore-edges, because the uneveness is completely unavoidable.

I’m really liking this form, and I have two more going: a little quarter-page journal and a long tall one that starts with 8.5 inch square pages.


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Two Bookmarks

I’m looking forward to getting two bookmarks in exchange for these two to be mailed tomorrow. A couple days late …. 

And where does that ugly black border come from ???

2 bookmarks, one collaged and one watercolor

I’m doing more, though posting less ….

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