Monday, May 26, 2014

Friends and Faux No. 70

The talented folks over at Tanglecrafts have a great mail art project, called Friends and Faux, where artists attach their artistamps on a specially-designed postcard and the card circulates until it makes it back home to Tanglecrafts headquarters. After embarrassing myself slightly on the blog of the very talented Phillip (aka Finnbadger) where I pretty much begged him to send the card on to me next (how very un-Canadian of me), he was gracious enough to comply. I've sat on it for a month now, humming and hawing about what to do, what to do. Given that I have never actually made an artistamp, I had a bit of humble pie to eat before I got down to business. But, I've sorted it out, at least for now. It would help if I knew my way around a computer better and even had PhotoShop, but I made a stamp from one of my collages and a bit of hand-lettering.

I have plans for others. This one is heading out in the post tomorrow!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Mornings

I think Sunday mornings might be my favourite time of the week. I am an early riser, so the house is quiet (not that it is ever very noisy!). Sheryl McKay is on CBC radio talking about arts, which is almost always interesting, and I have books or magazines or my iPad or writing/drawing materials nearby. It's looking like a nice day today, so there will be time in the garden before we head to one of my most favourite places for the afternoon. And it's a long weekend, so time for even more of this and perhaps some time on my paddle board tomorrow.

Here's a random round-up of things related to writing, mail art, letters, and the like, but first, I received some mail from mail artist, Torma Cauli, of Budapest, this past week, which was pretty special.

Through Swap-Bot I was part of a "Not Your Mother's Mail Art" swap, which I kind of dig (being subjected to far too many stickers of bunnies and the like, I thought this held promise). I was looking for some inspiration for working with security envelopes and found this gem from Apartment Therapy. And there's more.  Some security envelope fabulousness from artist Sarah Phillips and a variety of ideas for security envelopes here.

Yesterday, on CBC's DNTO (Definitely Not the Opera) had a great show on letters. To listen, go here where you can stream it or download the podcast. There were some great stories of letters that made a difference. I have a letter from the tooth fairy as well. I wrote about it awhile back.

I just downloaded FLOW magazine's ("the magazine for paper lovers") special issue on snail mail onto my iPad. After I finish here, I'm heading there. The app is free and you can find it here.

All for today! Have a great one. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Weekend Collaging

I stayed up far too late Friday night, but I was feeling very creative. Saturday morning I woke up to a mess, but I kept on going. Here are a few of the results.

I think this might be one of my most favourite collages. Love that warthog. 

Friday, May 09, 2014


A few outgoing collages on envelopes.