Sunday, January 24, 2016

International Correspondence Writing Month, Liberate Your Art and other mail art projects

diy mail-art envelope and dip pen
diy mail-art envelope and dip pen


February is the International Correspondence Writing Month, and I'll be joining this project for the first time this year. The goal of InCoWriMo is to write a letter a day for the month of February. And not just any kind of correspondence, it must be handwritten. That means more reasons to use my dip pens, fountain pens and bottled inks!

postcard art by GalleryJuana
postcard art by Juana Almaguer

Liberate Your Art

My postcard order from overnightprints is already on it's way to me. I'll be sending them out for InCoWriMo in February and Liberate Your Art in March. Kat runs the LYA postcard swap and this will be my fourth year joining. Visit her site for more details and to join the fun. She needs to receive your postcards by March 12.

More reasons to write come with two more projects:

The Eduardo Munez Letter Project They are "looking for letters, particularly drawn envelopes, mail art and plain envelopes - not postcards. Most importantly the letters must be addressed to Mr Eduardo Munez." Visit their website for more details.

Letters to Anywhere The creator of this projects says, the goal is "to let others in on the places of our lives, how they've affected us, and how we've connected to these places that don't even exist to most of the world."

wishing everyone a good mail day!

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

linocut male figure

male figure linocut on rice paper
Serenity I, male figure linocut on rice paper, 4 x 6 inches

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way ― Martin Luther King Jr.

It's a three-day weekend for most of us here in the USA to honor Martin Luther King jr. I am grateful for the advances MLK made to give voice to those who did not have one and for his pursuit of equal opportunity for all.

message from President Barack Obama

Visit the to view the President's full presidentional proclamation for Martin Luther King jr. federal holiday.

On a side note: my latest linocut is of a sitting male figure. I printed this on rice paper in orange. I really like how the rice paper picks up the ink and groves of the linocut and prefer the rice paper to other printing papers.

Serenity I linocut available here: Gallery Juana on Etsy

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