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'.



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!