Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Round postcards – Due November 3rd

 

Here's a swap we did a few years ago that was so much fun it’s worth repeating.

Round postcards!







Create a round sturdy base, and turn it into a work of art that will be mailed “naked.”

Won’t it be fun to receive something round in your mail box?






Postage for these will be $.70 each unless you create something unusually heavy or stiff or lumpy.  When in doubt, go ask your friendly postal worker.



The style of art you create on your circle is entirely up to you. All techniques and materials are welcome.



Want to see examples from our last swap?

Click here, here, here and here.



Please leave ample room on the back for an address label.



Swap details:

  • You may submit as many as four cards  (you will get back the same number you send)

  • If you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope

  • Write “MMSA round” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail

  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you. 

  • A note for your partner on the left side of the postcard is a nice touch.



·       Leave ample space for an address label somewhere on the back

  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)

  • Please attach the proper postage to your postcard – at least $.70 (see below for postal guidelines).  If you don’t have any stamps and it’s difficult for you to get some, go ahead and send me money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope, or send it to me via paypal (iamrushmore@gmail.com)

  • International swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.15 per card (paypal account is iamrushmore@gmail.com)



Postage and Card Size

  • Because these cards are an unusual shape it will cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.70

  • If it weighs more than 1 ounce, it’s going to cost more. (an additional $.21 per ounce) 

  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.

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



Mail your cards no later than November 3rd (I don’t need to receive them by the 3rd, they need to be postmarked by the 3rd.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


Mixed media ATC swap – due October 20th

 

You ATC lovers keep asking and asking for an ATC swap, and yet I keep hosting postcard swaps.

At last – your requests have been answered.



For those of you unfamiliar with the term, an ATC is an Artist Trading Card.  They are small works of art, the size of a playing card, or baseball card, and artists create them to trade with other artists.



For this swap, there is no theme.  Use any kind of imagery you’d like.

The challenge here is technique-based.

Your ATC must be mixed-media.



What is mixed media?

Any piece that uses more than one type of material (or media).

So, for example, a piece combining paper and acrylic paint and ink.

Or watercolors, rubber stamping and glitter.



(there are endless possibilities.  You could use crayons, pastels, markers, modeling paste, image transfers, stickers, tape, embellishments, thread, fabric, yarn, lace, plastic, pencils, ink, spray paints, pressed flowers, photographs, etc.)



REQUIREMENTS:

Your card must be made on a sturdy base that is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

You must use at least three different media in your work


(This one uses acrylic paint, pen, spray ink, washi tape, painted acetate and found text.)



Swap details:

  • You may submit as many as four cards (you will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)

  • If you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope

  • Write your name and contact info on the back of each ATC.  Also write “MMSA mixed-media” on the back, and list the materials you used to make your card.

  • Include one mailing label with your name and address (I will mail multiple cards in a single envelope)

  • Figure out how much it will cost you to mail your envelope to me, and then include that much return postage in the envelope.  You can include stamps, or cash, or you can send me money via paypal. (iamrushmore@gmail.com)

  • International swappers are welcome.  If you’re not sure how much postage money to send, email me and tell me the weight of your envelope and I’ll help you calculate the proper US postage.

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



Mail your cards no later than October 20th. (I don’t need to receive them by the 20th, they need to be postmarked by the 20th.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


Paint chip postcards – Due October 6th



 You know those free color swatches you can pick up at any hardware or home improvement store in the paint aisle?
 


We’re going to use them to make postcard art!





I’m leaving the style and technique wide open, as long as you use at least one actual paint chip in your work.  (but please, and this should go without saying, don’t just grab a single giant paint chip and write a note on it )



So pick up as many paint chips as you want and get creative.  Maybe you’ll design something using nothing but paint chips.  Maybe you’ll use a paint chip as one of many collage elements.  Maybe you’ll add paint, or ink, or markers.

If you’re stumped for ideas, you’ll find tons on pinterest.  Or you can google “paint chip art.”



Swap details:

  • You may submit as many as four cards  (you will get back the same number you send)

  • If you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope

  • Write “MMSA paint chip” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail

  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.   

  • A note for your partner on the left side of the postcard is a nice touch.

  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)

  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)

  • Please attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines).  If you don’t have any stamps and it’s difficult for you to get some, go ahead and send me money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope, or send it to me via paypal (iamrushmore@gmail.com)

  • International swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.15 per card (paypal account is iamrushmore@gmail.com)



Postage and Card Size
You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines

  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4.25 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage  

  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • 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 considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.

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



Mail your cards no later than October 6th. (I don’t need to receive them by the 6th, they need to be postmarked by the 6th.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


A place for private trading

Back in July I had this great idea of creating a space on the blog where people can post specific requests for things you'd like to swap privately with someone else.  Some of you thought this was a great idea, but then I got crazy busy and forgot to do it.

Today I noticed a comment in the "received" section from Honi, asking if anyone wants to trade washi tape.  It reminded me of my idea.

So guess what?
I added a page called "Wanna Trade?"
You'll see a little button for it at the top of the blog, below the MMSA banner.

You can start posting comments there if you're looking for partners to swap one-on-one with you.  

To keep this section from getting out of date, I encourage you to revisit the page and delete your own comments once you've met your swap goal.

I'm not sure if this is the easiest way to facilitate this, but let's give it a try!

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Swap at last! Black & Metallic postcards - due September 22nd

 
And we’re back……
Thanks for your patience while I focused on my non-art life for while.

We’re jumping right back in with a color swap.
The turnaround time is a little quick, but I know how eager you've all been.  Plus, color swaps are popular, and most of you find them fun and not too difficult to complete.
You’ve got two whole weekends to work on this - let's get started!

So, for this swap we will make postcards that combine the color black with something metallic.
What’s your favorite metallic shade?  Silver, gold, bronze, copper, brass, platinum?  Use one, use them all.  As long as you keep your color palette limited to just black and metallics.

As with our other color combination swaps, you can create your postcards using any technique – paint, collage, photography, drawing, sewing, etc.
Use metallic paints, markers, papers, thread, tape, embellishments….there are a lot of shiny possibilities!


Swap details:
  • You may submit as many as  four cards  (you will get back the same number you send)
  • if you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope
  • write “MMSA black & metallic” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail
  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you. 
  • A note for your partner on the left side of the postcard is a nice touch.

·       Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)
  • include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)
  • Please attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines).  If you don’t have any stamps and it’s difficult for you to get some, go ahead and send me money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope, or send it to me via paypal (iamrushmore@gmail.com)
  • international swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.15 per card (paypal account is iamrushmore@gmail.com)

Postage and Card Size
You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4.25 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • 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 considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.
You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov/

Mail your cards no later than September 22nd. (I don’t need to receive them by the 22nd, they need to be postmarked by the 22nd.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States