Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Word Of Caution re: Solar Eclipse

Dear Mail Art Friends,

If any people here in North America are planning to view the eclipse of the sun on August 21st, please, please, please purchase ISO-approved filtering sunglasses to protect your retinas. 

The only "safe" viewing with no protection is for about one minute during the Totality, and you would have to be within the 70-mile-wide diagonal path from Oregon to South Carolina, and know exactly when the moon will completely obscure the sun so that no part of the sun (except its corona) is visible. 

Otherwise you could sustain damage (burns) to your eyes.  And we all need our vision to create wonderful art, right?  I would be interested to hear about your experiences afterward.  Safe viewing. Honi 

P.S.  The NASA station plans to run live-stream TV coverage of this amazing event with views from satellites and space station.

White on White Textures - Part 1

Four from Davida:






Two from Inta:




One from Kathy M:


Friday, August 11, 2017

Fractured Stripes - Part 3

Three from Jo-Anne:






Three from Kathie Mc:





Three from Patrice:





Three from Sue L:






Three from Susan A:




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fractured Stripes - Part 1

Two from Beau:




Two from Inta:




Four from Phyllis:






Two from Rose:




Four from Sarah:





Sunday, August 6, 2017

New Swap: Large Altered Rolodex Cards

Hi Swappers,

The details of this new swap are listed under Older Posts, dated August 3rd.  Please check Open Group Swaps for the link.  Thank you.  Honi

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Trees Post Card Swap - Send by September 4th

Smooshed watercolors and permanent markers
There is something so fascinating about trees.  They are Earth's largest plants.  Under them, forest creatures find shelter. Children climb up into their branches and gain a different perspective of the world around them.  High above the ground, many birds make their nests in safety.  (Yes, I am a romantic.)  And of course, we use their wood to build many things.
Photograph layered with over-printed vellum, rubber stamping
This stiff layered cardboard and raffia required approximately $3.00 postage!
I challenge participants to actually go outside and walk up to a tree: touch the bark, noting its texture (rough or smooth); look up into the leafy bower; note the scent, especially if it is a sticky evergreen; and if no one is watching, hug a tree.  Or, just view a treeline from across a field.
Permanent marker; made for informal Found Poetry swap
In this swap I hope you will express your creativity in many ways: collage, drawing, painting, mixed media, abstract interpretation. One of each???  Your tree design may be abstract or realistic, portraying a tree (or trees) in any season.

THEME:  TREES
MEDIA:  Paint, ink, photography, mixed, etc.
TECHNIQUE:  Open (no digital please)
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND AT A RIGHT ANGLE EASILY, DESIGNS THAT HAVE ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE 70-cents "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send by September 4th
TO:
Honi Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065   USA

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@yahoo.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - TREES " on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  Including an email address legibly written makes it easier for your recipient to thank you.
  • LEAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POSTCARD BLANK (THE PART WHERE THE ADDRESS "TO" GOES)
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)

  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need non-machinable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 6"
     x  4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov