Saturday, January 20, 2018

GRID-Design Post Card Swap - Postmark by February 26th



The basis for this swap is a "Grid" design.  This involves a pattern of parallel and perpendicular lines which intersect, forming square or rectanglular spaces between them.  

(What about graph paper?  Ledger paper?  Sheet music?)  

Intersecting straight or curved parallel lines are allowed for this swap.

You may fill in some, or all, of the center spaces with images, figures, colors, or shapes, or leave them open.  You may also use partial grids in your design.  Any background is allowed. 

Pressing a section of metal hardware cloth against a paint-covered Gelli Plate and then smoothing paper over it will give you a uniform grid.  You can also draw lines using a ruler.  Another technique might be to make a crayon- or pencil-rubbing over a grid-patterned basket or other grid surface (screening or hardware cloth, fencing, grate, etc.).  Divided windows are sometimes arranged as grids, too.

Collaged image L, paint on plastic canvas R
Plastic canvas (often used with yarn) is a grid, as is Magic Mesh or some other mesh or netting.
Plastic canvas printing, adhesive Magic Mesh
THEME:  GRID
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  
6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • 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 50-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE 71-cents  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get into the mail no later than February 26th
SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  
USA

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (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 - GRID" on the back of each card, and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  An email address legibly written would make 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 swapped card you expect to receive.
    (Your host will attach them to the swapped cards she mails 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 nonmachinable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.35) 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 "nonmachinable" rate of $.71
  • If your card is quite thick and 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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"YELLOW" Artists' Trading Cards Swap - Postmark by March 5th

It seems that we haven't had an ATC group swap since last June.  By definition, Artists' Trading Cards are 3+1/2" x 2+1/4."  They may be oriented either horizontally or vertically.

Those living where winter is cold, dark and cloudy may be longing for warmer, sunny days.  Yellow can be such a cheery color.

For this Artists' Trading Cards swap, let's use mostly YELLOW as a background color and  in our design elements.  It's okay to add some touches of other colors as accents or contrast.  Texture can add a nice touch, too.  Any techniques or media combinations are allowed.  

THEME: YELLOW
MEDIA:  Any
TECHNIQUE:  Any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  3+1/2" x 2+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • MAKE UP 1 - 4 ARTISTS' TRADING CARDS TO SWAP
  • 1 SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE FOR YOUR RETURN ATC(S)
  • 1 NONMACHINABLE STAMP OR TWO FOREVER 1ST CLASS STAMPS
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFO ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
OOPS- this was an Index  Card A Day.
Wrong shape, wrong size.  But it WAS yellow!
Put your ATC(s) in an envelope and 
get it into the mail no later than March 5th.

SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  USA

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com


ATC SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in as many as four ATCs for this swap.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your ATC's, along with a return envelope, should be mailed to your host.  Your host will mail your ATC's to your swap partners.  
  • Include an SASE (envelope) long/large enough to send your new ATC(s) to you.
  • Please 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 - YELLOW" on the back of each card along with your name and contact info.  An email address legibly written makes it easier for your recipient to acknowledge receiving it and to thank you.
  • ATCs made from thick, stiff cardboard or with thick embellishments may require more postage to send through the mail.
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