Happy Friday everyone. I am so grateful to share this blog hop with everyone and to share a little bit about my project which is mail art. For this project I used Jane LaFazio’s Pods Stencil
And since our theme for the hop was grateful, I really felt that making mail art to send to all my arty mail friends was a way to express my appreciation for their freely given art projects sent to me in the mail all year long. Mail art is all about making art for it’s own sake and sharing correspondence with people around the world. Many people are somewhat mystified as to what mail art is, so here are some references for you all to look at and see what the fun is about. The wikipedia site has a good overall explanation that will get you started. Beyond that their is the International Union of Mail Artists, a world wide organization with individuals and groups based on topics – like recycling for instance. This book “Good Mail Day” ,where you will learn everything you need to get started. My friend Pamela Gerard , who got me started and who makes fantastic mail art and mail art zines. She is a great source of information on all kinds of mail art related information. And last but never least, Karen Isaacson, a personal friend, collage artist and organizer par extraordinaire of a swap group I try and participate in as often as possible. All these resources should let you dip your toe in the mail art world.
Now to the project itself. I started with some gelli plate prints of the stencil I created with acrylic paint in Fall pod tones, sunflower yellows and light browns and also some spraying through the stencil as well in metallic pinks and oranges.
I used cereal boxes and cut them to 4×6 post card size pieces. Cut down the gelli prints to 4×6 pieces and glued them together resulting in these post card blanks…
Using markers and stick on letters from various fonts I created some GRATEFUL sayings to embellish the post cards.
All of these beauties will be wending their way to friends all over soon. But I didn’t stop there. In the process of spraying I was left with a wonderful overspray page. So I laid the stencil down one more time and sprayed it through the middle. I used this paper as the basis for an art journal page.
I hope you enjoy the hop. There will be marvelous projects throughout and don’t forget to visit everyone to increase your chances of winning one of Jane’s wonderful stencils.
Corrine Gilman thanks for stopping in…that’s me