Thursday, 28 January 2016

'Different Substrate' Postcard and Mail Art Swap

Oh my goodness,
I can't believe it's been so long since
I paid a visit to my precious little blog - 
Happy New Year to you all!

I've got a stash of stuff to share,
but I won't blast you with it all in one go
or you'll all run for the hills to hide.

Today I am sharing the latest
We {heart} Mail Art Swap.

The theme, 
suggested by the ever inventive Jewels, is
Different Substrate.
The idea was to use, as a base, a material that
we had not used before as a base.

I used acetate.
(For Jewels)
I had no idea how these cards were going to tun out,
they simply evolved.

I rubber stamped the watch faces and quote on the front,
onto which I stuck the photobooth pic (Tim Holtz).
After this I gesso'd on the back, rubbing back a bit to make it
scratchy - and finally I stuck on a piece of pretty tissue paper,
tearing back to distress the effect.

(Mail Art)
I used a plastic bag for the envelope,
rubber stamped, and popped a piece of the 
tissue paper inside the bag.

(For Lenna)
The postcards and Mail Art took a L-O-N-G time
to reach Jewels and Lenna,
but the last one finally arrived today, hurrah!

(Mail Art)
*
Lenna's Different Substrate was the first to
drop through my letter box.


She used Yupo paper
(a synthetic paper that is 100% polypropylene)
and sprayed all sorts of dyes and inks onto it.
She achieved such a cool effect!

(Mail Art)
*
Jewels used ten magazine pages sewn together
as her Different Substrate,
achieving a lovely weightiness and padded texture.


It's such a lovely card, perfect to display as
a welcome to Spring :)  

(Mail Art)
Jewels seems to have a never ending supply 
of supercool vintage and retro images!

This was a great swap, lots of fun to do
and I loved seeing what we all did.

Our next swap is going to be 'Found Poetry'.

XXX


6 comments:

Virginia said...

Wow some gorgeous works of art jo love them all I always love the envelope work as well fantastic

Lenna Young Andrews said...

So Cool!! Love reading how you did your different substrate piece, Jo -it was certainly a joy to receive! It did take a while to get here but probably because it was being admired :)
And don't worry about your blog, it will wait for you -just look at my creative swaps blogs. I dusted it off after 3 years and it was fine! Not that we would let you wait that long here, but you know what I mean. Excellent blog post, loved it!

Eileen said...

All lovely artworks as always. I hope all is well with you and your family, I did look in a few days ago. Happy New Year to you.

Jewels said...

This WAS fun! Just getting ready to post about it myself - and now I know how you got such a cool effect with yours! Trying to decide how best to display it . Yayee Jo!

ann @ studiohyde said...

These all look so lovely. I keep meaning to get some Yupo to see how that works.

Linda Kunsman said...

super art, and how wonderful to have a few friends to swap it with too!