Friday, April 26, 2013

Mail Art

bird mail art
orange bird and flower mail art


Recently, I sent off some mail art to my Uncle. The orange sharpie bird drawing is a partial of one of my crow drawings. The background has layers of craf-t decorating chalks, acrylics and tissue paper.


blue bird mail art
blue bird mail art

My Uncle likes to send me newspaper clippings with every letter and my blue bird pen drawing was inspired by one of those clippings. I used craf-t decorating chalks and acrylics for the background colors and  joined the two art cards with a brad.

This was my first time to use the pastels and I can see that they will be a versatile addition to journalling. I didn't set the pastels with a fixative, so a translucent color came through as they blended with the acrylics. I found more techniques at about.com.

Liberate Your Art

I love getting paper mail in my mail box, but since everyone is on the internet, I mostly get junk mail. I yearn for paper mail so much that I have resorted to enjoying the junk mail, and my husband now knows to not throw it away.

So when I heard about this postcard swap, I jumped in. I sent one and received six in return. I am so impressed with how well organized and how enthusiastic Kat is about the postcard art swap. I received some inspirational photo and art postcards and look forward to participating again next year.

I sent my Enso postcard pictured below along with the quote. Follow the liberate your art link to view the participants.

enso postcard
enso postcard

"The freedom to make mistakes provides the best environment for creativity."
anonymous


I received from Kathy B, Elaine (image below), Kat Eye Studio, sonya versluys, urbanmuser. Urbanmuser's photography on flickr is inspiring, and I love the quote that Kathy had on her beautiful photo postcard.



Video featuring all the amazing art and photography of the Liberate your Art 2013 participants.




joining sunday sketches and liberate your art


27 comments:

  1. Love you art style ~ very Zen and 'now' ~ flowing! ^_^

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  2. wow..gorgeous art..these pieces are so blissful and awake for me..I love 'orange bird'..poetic..vibrant..and such a stunning lyrical bloom..what a peaceful and uplifting combo! and love "blue bird"..and that powerful quote matches it perfectly..I love both the strength and delicate essence your pieces carry..outstanding!
    Victoria

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  3. Beautiful works, I love the colors. I've never combined pastels with acrylics, it's an interesting idea and I like what you did with it.

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  4. Awesome both birds are so full of character.

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  5. liberate your art is fantastic fun isn't it... and I do love your blue bird mail art... I would treasure that one...xx

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  6. These are WONDERFUL, Juana! I'm specially love your Enso postcard... those purples & blues...*sigh*... :o) Off to see the link! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  7. I love those birds, all the colors and line work are fabulous. I'm following!

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  8. Liberate your art was so much fun. Your ENSO card is great, but I really love the birds you made for your Uncle.

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  9. I was lucky to receive your postcard this year, it is a true blessing and I will also remember this year when I look at it. Right now it is beside my computer and I glance daily at it for inspiration. THANK YOU!!!

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  10. Tracey, liberate your art is a lot of fun.

    Twil123123, that makes me so happy to hear that!

    Snap, I so agree and hope to participate again next year.

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  11. Your art was a wonderful addition. Thank you so much for joining this year!

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  12. I came as one of the participants in the LYArt 2013 swap and am so pleased I arrived here -- your art is unique and VERY interesting. You have incredible talent.

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  13. I love your work! I saw it on the Facebook page. My mother loves receiving cards in the mail...she's 88. I thought she liked getting paper mail because of her age...but, now I'm hooked. The connection to another person is so much more tangible knowing that what you're holding in your hands left the hands of another and winged its way to you. I'm planning on making more postcards and I'll send them out randomly. This was just so much fun!

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  14. I really like the post card you sent. Your art is fun, creative, and inspiring.
    Glad to run into you through this fun swap.

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  15. That Enso card - wow. I just got an Enso tattoo - utterly fantastic..and I am planning a bird tattoo next = this is an inspirational post :)

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  16. You got some nice ones... still searching for mine.

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  17. I love your postcard! I've always enjoyed oriental art.

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  18. Cool cards. Funny that you enjoy junk mail now.

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  19. I love your work and that Enso postcard you sent out in the swap is fantastic! I would have loved to have gotten one :)
    The story of your Uncle sending you clipping with his letters is wonderful... it's so much more meaningful to get personal snail mail.

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  20. Thank you for your lovely comments. The liberate your art blog hop and post card exchange was inspiring and great fun!

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  21. Love the postcard you sent out, it'd be lovely to see the ones you received too!

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  22. joanna, I didn't know if I had permission to do so, but I see from the blog hop that is part of the deal, I guess. I've included two and what links I could find.

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  23. joanna, what a great blog. I had so much fun looking around and I love your art. I bet your uncle cherishes every piece of art he receives from you. I really enjoyed the art you made and sent out for the swap. This is my first year to participate and am looking forward to next year and am going to use my own art now that I am over my fear a bit..

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  24. Love your art! So talented. The swap was such great fun and incredibly inspiring!

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  25. Oh, I see my name in there, so you got one of mine! It's nice to know where they ended up. Cheers!

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