In my job I print a lot of various sized envelopes for event invitation mailings. There are always practice pieces and misprints: I used to just toss them, but it finally occurred to me that I could recycle them into mail art.
Here are a couple of works in progress, painted and stenciled with a make-up sponge. they still need some embellishment--stamping, washi tape, transfers, stickers, etc. and then they will go out stuffed with artsy goodies.
I was away this past weekend, celebrating our wedding anniversary and Hubby's birthday with good friends, good food and genuine Irish Coffee!
I didn't have much time for art making, but managed a few quiet moments.
a journal page, started a week ago and finished in the early hours of Sunday morning. The cut out words on the calendar page were put there while I was prepping the journal last December.
two pages in a little journal, also a WIP, finished this weekend. It's a little (3" x 4.3") "Flex journal, with a removable leather cover. It was a Christmas present to myself a few years ago, when I started journaling. I promptly put it away for "Something Special" and forgot its existence.. I found it again recently, and deciding that all attempts at art are something special and what was I waiting for--began to doodle in it.
started the Zentangle last Friday evening, and finished it last night.
The second one was inspired by a VERY eclectic catalog that arrived in the weekend's mail
Gelli printed card and deli paper overlay, and washi tape.
According to my wall calendar, today is Culture Day in Japan.
When is Culture Day?
On 3 November, your colleagues in Japan celebrate Culture Day. If 3 November falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be a holiday.
History of Culture Day?
Culture Day, known as Bunka no hi, is a day to honor traditional Japanese culture and promote the love of freedom and peace. But that’s not all, 3 November also marks the day that the current Japanese constitution was officially announced in 1946, and was the birthday of Emperor Meiji.
How is Culture Day celebrated?
As part of the celebration of Culture Day, the Order of Culture Awards Ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The awards are given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Japanese culture or to society as a whole. Past recipients include the three American astronauts who were aboard Apollo 11, Japanese artist Ikuo Hirayama, and poet Makoto Ooka.
Throughout the rest of the country, festivals and parades are held celebrating traditional Japanese customs.
the geisha and branch overlay are from Dover, the Kanji script was found on Wikimedia Commons, and the poster is a Japanese ad for facial cream
torn magazine pages, old postage stamps and I made a packing tape transfer by sticking the tape to a used stencil and peeling off some of the leftover paint.
Torn and cut magazine pages, old postage stamp, punched circles, washi tape and more packing tape paint transfers. The face, the red flowers, the black circles and the text are all from the same magazine page.
Art Every Day Month is back for 2014. I'm playing this year again--I love the challenge of fitting a dedicated time to create a piece of art into every day.
Some days it's a digital piece like this one, made from a photo I took at Taos New Mexico several years ago, layered and filtered over some rusty background pieces from Textures 4 Layers on Flickr.
Some days it may be a postcard, or an ATC, or a journal entry. Some days it may be a piece made for a challenge blog or swap
I hope I can keep it up. It's a good practice and I hope some of you will play along. There's a button on my sidebar that will take you to the AEDM blog where you can read all about the ways to play, or just click here.