I took a whole bunch of photos away with us on holiday this Christmas for pimping. We also went away with a book of patterns and tracing paper in the travelling mailart kit.
I decided to start easy and just work with a repeating motif as I've never done this before.
I had in mind Paulas Geometric Panda, but as Morrisey mentioned earlier today, sometimes you don't get what you had in mind. Cool effect anyway so that makes it into the 365.
025 December 24 and 25 Katerina Nikoltsou
Posting some of the holiday mailings. These cards went out in advance of their dates and several did arrive before the holidays ended. Here are two cards with the red and rose painted tones and added collage of elements from the recycled ad flyers. Also a bit of garnet colored sandpaper for a "haptic" touch.
She went thru my handmade cards available for direct exchange & requested one.
I like to send those cards unused...
So i am looking for a page to make an envelope & guess what...
Carl Sagan was suddenly postulating mailart numbers in the billions...
C'mon - how often do you find a cartoon Carl Sagan?
I'm quite sure Mary Poppins did not have a spoonful of this sugar in mind to help the medicine go down. This candy, made in Serbia, tastes like the worst medicine. I bought it years ago because I love licorice, and I had received licorice candies from other countries in mail exchanges and enjoyed the candies very much. I found this particular candy at a local "European Market" (the shop mistress made sure she told me that at least a half dozen times) and had one in my mouth the second I was out the door. Yikes. I didn't make it to what appears to be the soft inside because it was just so awful.
I did save the bag, though, which I cut up for this postcard. The name of the candy is Negro, and the company, Pionir, notes that it is their trademark product and a "leader in the candy family." Hmmm ... maybe it is something only chimney sweeps can explain.
This is going to a penfriend in Norway who I haven't heard from in a long while. She also likes licorice.
This recipe is what we always called a "doctoring" recipe. It just takes something that is already edible and jazzing it up somehow. I love the sound of those curried olives.
The bits under the plates are called "chargers." I learned that on HGTV. We don't have cable, but both my daughters do. When I visit them in Boston they have to come take the remote away at 2 in the morning and tell me to go to bed because I'm ODing on HGTV. I suspect if we did have cable, I'd get bored of HGTV, but when it is only something I have every three months or so, it is very interesting.
This is going to Sue in Massachusetts. I wish I could shrink myself and slide between the recipe and table setting. Then, after magically unshrinking and enjoying a lovely beverage with Sue, I'd jump on the T and head down to my daughters' houses for a nice long visit.
I found a bunch of torn pieces of mailing paper amongst my scraps...I think I was trying to save the stamps. This is the packaging used to mail my father books, from his brother who lives in Pécs, Hungary. I'm sending this to my friend Jessie, whose book collection is beautiful and inspires me to only buy books in hardcover.
One of the things I want to do in 2011 is learn to draw, so I thought I'd get a head start on this little resolution on Christmas day. I borrowed a book called "Pencil Sketching" By Thomas Wang and have chewed up the first chapter. It looks like there's way more to this drawing thing than I thought!
Among the little things I learnt in the intro and first chapter was that there are (sorry if I sound like a total noob - I am one) different types of pencils with different properties. I knew this already, but didn't really put it together that a hard pencil is less versatile and that a soft pencil gives you different grades of shading. I guess I had to see it to really get it.
I also skipped a few chapters and found that the author uses shading to seperate hills and increase the feeling of depth in a landscape, another tihng I'd never really grasped by just looking.
I decided to dive right in and found a picture in a magazine that seemed totally out of place of a bull in the mountains. I've never really tackled landscape before, but thought this seemed a fairly simple one to start with.
This is done on a standard postcard, using B lead on a Faber Castell mechanical pencil.
Overall I'm really pleased with the effect, but there is one bit I can't work out. The little mountain on the right is actually recessed in the photo, but in my drawing it just looks weird. Any ideas?
So being new here, and browsing all around, I am interested that no one seems to show addresses on their posts.
I do wonder if that is a protocol here .... as I always have posted mail art with the address showing.
Then I moved forward on the train of thought to the reality that I love to make and decorate envelopes, not just postcards, and that I could make the focus HERE be the inside collagy bits I put in these envelopes.
So that's going to be what I post, the inside mail art collages that will arrive enclosed in their envelope homes.
Once I get clear on the address issue, I can post the envelopes, too.
I am inspired to have a new focus and place to put work, so thanks to all the fellow mail artists here!