Sunday, January 22, 2017

Surprise RAK Attack for INCOWRIMO 2017

Enter to win a surprise RAK (Random Act of Kindness) prize pack during INCOWRIMO 2017. I'm cleaning out my studio and want to share with some random surprise happy mail - to the tune of 5 packages. If you would like to win assorted stationery/art supplies - enter below. Limited to Canada/USA just because it will be too expensive to ship internationally for this one. You will not know if you have won until you receive a package in the mail - hence the surprise part. I will post a complete list of winners on March 1. Entries close Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at noon MST. All Entrants must be following me on Instagram.

2017 ATCs for INCOWRIMO

Signups are now closed for this exchange. Thank you to all who have signed up - this promises to be another fun exchange!

9 Cards in 28 days. Easy Peasy.

Just like last February, I would like to start an Artist Trading Card exchange to happen during International Correspondence Writing Month (INCOWRIMO). This one is going to be a whirlwind of creative activity because it all gets done at once and mailed before the end of the month to all recipients.

THERE WILL ONLY BE 10 SPACES! I want to keep this attainable to do in one month so only the first 10 people to sign up will get in. Each person will create 9 artist trading cards. You do not need to make a card for yourself.

YOU MUST BE OVER 18 TO PARTICIPATE!

Be prepared to put in some effort. I don’t care what your medium is, but I’d like to see everyone sending little “works of art” along. Not just the same lettered quote to everyone (not that quotes are bad, but you could put it on the back of the card or in a letter if you so desired). They may be quick to do, but these are not "quick sketches".

On the signup form, each person will be required to list their favourite City. It can be real or fictional (from a movie or book). Whatever. Design your card for that person around that theme. Your interpretation. This will make more sense once you get the surprise I will include with each of my cards.

On the back of your card, write your name, the date and your location. You could also list the medium or tools used.

You will complete your mini work of art on an artist trading card size paper. You can make your own cards out of your favourite paper or buy premade ones, but the dimensions of the card are not to exceed 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 mm × 89 mm). THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

In the spirit of INCOWRIMO, when you send your cards, include a short note. It can simply be to describe what you used or to tell them that you really enjoyed drawing that subject. You are not required to send anything more than the ATC and a note.

When you have completed and sent to someone, please update the tracking on the group spreadsheet.

It is up to you whether you want to post your work on Instagram, but if you do - please use the hashtag #ATC4INCO You don't need to tag the recipient if you want it to be a surprise.

This is open to participants worldwide, but I will close the form at 10 participants. Please sign up only if you feel you can complete the work within the month of February. All cards must be mailed no later than February 28, 2017. You are committing to lettermail postage for 9 cards to anywhere in the world. By submitting this form, you are agreeing to see this commitment through. Sure, you will have some fun and creative work ahead of you, but you will also have 9 mini works of art arriving in your mailbox in the coming weeks (and the aforementioned surprise from me). That is pretty exciting stuff right there! This worked so well last year that I am really going to try to make it an annual thing.

Cautionary note: We are dealing with strangers and the public mail system. I would love to think that everyone is honest and will participate within the parameters of the rules but sometimes that doesn't happen. Sometimes someone is a shit and just takes without giving. Please don't be that person because it ruins it for everyone. Sometimes mail gets lost. By signing up, you understand this and promise to be a decent human being who isn't a shit. I am not going to be babysitting or chasing people.

Thanks for playing! and, most importantly, have fun! Go forth and create.

Signups close Tuesday Jan 31/17 at Noon MST (or when we reach 10 people - whatever happens first). I will provide info to everyone that afternoon.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hand Carved Holiday Card Exchange 2016

Signups for my latest snail mail exchange are open until 2pm MST on December 2nd, 2016

and because the info disappears when you submit it...
Welcome to my latest snail mail art exchange. This one is a bit later in getting started than I had hoped but I think it will still be pretty fun! So haul out the carving tools and get ready to carve your own holiday stamp.

This holiday season, let's exchange holiday cards that we have designed and carved ourselves. You don't have to carve a new design for each person on the list - you just have to make as many prints of it as the number of people on the list. The format of your card can be in any style you wish (postcard, blank notecard, stamped inside of a pre-bought holiday card - that's up to you). The only requirement is that you carve the stamp yourself - though I will concede and say that pre-fabricated Alphabet stamps are allowed if you wish to use them for lettering. I know I am terrible at letter mirroring. haha. And if you did one in a past year and want to use that - that's ok too. As long as you carved it yourself.

By signing up through the form below, you are committing to mail to each person on the list, regardless of where they live. This could be as few as 1 to as many as 20 (though I don't think this will see that many sign ups...chances are it will be under 10).

All cards must be mailed no later than December 15. This will likely mean that the cards will not arrive before Christmas to the international destinations (for Canada - these have to be in the mail by December 5 - you will want to check the holiday mailing deadlines for your own country if you really do want to ensure a pre-Dec 25 arrival)

Please do not sign up if you feel you will not be able to commit to both the timelines and the postage. I will not be chasing people down. We are all adults here - if you commit, you commit. If you don't follow through, you may be barred from participating in future exchanges.

I hope we can have some fun with this! Signup end December 2nd at 2pm MST. I will send out the address list to all participants that afternoon.

If you post your prints on social media - make sure you hashtag it #handcarvedholidaycard2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

ATCs for INCOWRIMO

Time for another artsy exchange! This one is to celebrate International Correspondence Writing Month. Please read the form carefully and sign on for a month of Artist Trading Card fun! Form will be closed after 10 participants commit. I will provide the list of participants to everyone on it no later than Sunday, January 31, 2016. Because of the short sign up time - you won't have a chance to back out. Sign up ONLY if you are serious about completing the project.

and because the information disappears when you submit - here it is again...

9 Cards in 29 days. Easy Peasy.

I would like to start an Artist Trading Card exchange to happen during International Correspondence Writing Month (INCOWRIMO). This one is going to be much quicker turnaround than the Travelling Sketchbook Society is and gives people a chance to get in for something artsy with a quicker turnaround.

THERE WILL ONLY BE 10 SPACES! I want to keep this attainable to do in one month so only the first 10 people to sign up will get in. Each person will create 9 artist trading cards. You do not need to make a card for yourself.

YOU MUST BE OVER 18 TO PARTICIPATE!

Be prepared to put in some effort. I don’t care what your medium is, but I’d like to see everyone sending little “works of art” along. Not just the same lettered quote to everyone (not that quotes are bad, but you could put it on the back of the card or in a letter if you so desired). They may be quick to do, but these are not "quick sketches".

On the signup form, each person will be required to list their favourite thing. It can be an animal, a hobby, a place. Whatever. Design your card for that person around that theme. Your interpretation. This will make more sense once you get the surprise I will include with each of my cards.

On the back of your card, write your name, the date and your location. You could also list the medium or tools used.

You will complete your mini work of art on an artist trading card size paper. You can make your own cards out of your favourite paper or buy premade ones, but the dimensions of the card are not to exceed 2.5 x 3.5 inches (64 mm × 89 mm). THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

In the spirit of INCOWRIMO, when you send your cards, include a short note. It can simply be to describe what you used or to tell them that you really enjoyed drawing that subject. You are not required to send anything more than the ATC and a note.

When you have completed and sent to someone, please update the tracking on the group spreadsheet.

It is up to you whether you want to post your work on Instagram, but if you do - please use the hashtag #ATC4INCO You don't need to tag the recipient if you want it to be a surprise.

This is open to participants worldwide, but I will close the form at 10 participants. Please sign up only if you feel you can complete the work within the month of February. All cards must be mailed no later than February 29, 2016. You are committing to lettermail postage for 9 cards to anywhere in the world. By submitting this form, you are agreeing to see this commitment through. Sure, you will have some fun and creative work ahead of you, but you will also have 9 mini works of art arriving in your mailbox in the coming weeks (and the aforementioned surprise from me). That is pretty exciting stuff right there! If this works out, I may make it an annual thing for Incowrimo.

Cautionary note: We are dealing with strangers and the public mail system. I would love to think that everyone is honest and will participate within the parameters of the rules but sometimes that doesn't happen. Sometimes someone is a shit and just takes without giving. Please don't be that person because it ruins it for everyone. Sometimes mail gets lost. By signing up, you understand this and promise to be a decent human being who isn't a shit. I am not going to be babysitting or chasing people.

Thanks for playing! and, most importantly, have fun! Go forth and create.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Travelling Sketchbook Society



and because the original message vanishes when you submit the form - here it is again...

Hello & bonjour, my friend!  I have been participating in some fun snail mail exchanges recently and it has inspired me to start one of my own.   A Travelling Sketchbook Society!   Obviously, you're curious.  You're here, after all.  

The basic idea is that each person supplies a small blank notebook (field notes size or smaller is best to save on shipping since the notebook will be a world traveller when it's done)  

Make sure you write your own information on the inside cover - Your name and address and social media info.  If you would like your sketchbook to have a theme - state it here.  Otherwise people can draw or create whatever they want.  Once the book makes its way back to you - you will have a little book of wonderful art from around the world to cherish forever!

How it will work: 
Send your notebook to the next person on the list (once signups have closed, you'll receive a link to a spreadsheet with everyone's addresses in your group and where to send yours to) and that person can take a week to draw/doodle/collage/calligraph/whatever on a page or two.  Once the week is up - the book must be sent along so that the process keeps moving.  Books are to be sent lettermail - tracking isn't necessary, let's keep this affordable for everyone - make sure you check with the post office to ensure you do have sufficient postage.  Also - please be patient.  Sometimes the postal system likes to be slow (like around the holidays) and it might be a bit of a lull between books.  

You can always create your art on Artist Trading Card (ATC) size paper and paste it into the books when you receive them (it works well - no bleed through on the notebooks and gives you something to do while you wait so you can send the books out again quickly when they reach you).

Open worldwide.  Do not sign up if you are not willing to send to wherever you have to.   You will always be sending to the same person and I will do my best to sort the list geographically to keep postage low and delivery times quick.

Please only complete the form below if you are serious about committing to an exchange that could go on for months.   I will limit the mailing groups to 10 people to make it manageable but remember you are committing to the postage costs of sending 10 notebooks.

Signups will close October 31, 2015.  Notebooks should be sent no later than November 5. As soon as I have 10 people signed up - I will send out the address list for that group and then again for each of the following groupd of 10. No need to wait if you want to get started right away.



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Ink Painting

Hi everyone!  I know. This blog has been slightly abandoned of late. I am hoping to change that.   

Lately, I've been obsessed with ink painting.  What do I mean by that? Well, pert of what got me back on the sketching train was seeing the magic that happens when you use a waterbrush over a fountain pen sketch.  So I'm playing with tones and having a whole lot of fun with it.  Even better - it's given me something to do as I wait for my field note swap books to come in.  These are some ATC ink paintings I've made to include in those books.  






Friday, October 3, 2014

DIY Coloured Discs - Nail Polish

This post was originally posted over on my discbound blog, but I have been thinking these two should be combined so am moving the posts over.

Right now, in Canada, there is such a lack of colour for discbound users.   The States has significantly more options to colour your world.  I posted a question to a discbound group I belong to on whether anyone had ever tried to colour the black disks and no one seemed brave enough to try.

Well, for the $3 it'd cost for a set of discs - I figured I could take one for the team and experiment.

The way I figured it - there were a few options that I could try:
  • Nail polish
  • Plastic spray paint
  • Paint marker (sharpie makes an oil based one)
I have a huge nail polish collection so I decided to start there.

The things I figured might happen were:
  • The polish may not coat evenly
  • The polish may scrape off when put into use
  • Pages may not turn as smoothly
Ok - very real considerations...but I still set to work.

The nail polish I decided to use was a holographic blue-purple called Blue Blaze by Maybelline Color Show. I'd been wanting discs in a metallic purple so, if this worked - that'd be exactly what I would have!

It took a couple of coats to get all of the black covered.  It wasn't perfect, but that's okay...This was just the experiment...if it worked, there would be time to aim for perfect next time.




Handy tip! K-cup pods are perfect for holding discs in place so you can paint the edges!


It did take an entire bottle of polish to paint 8 discs.

Then I was on to the next stage in the experiment:

THE WEAR TEST

I loaded the newly iridescent discs onto my personal planner.

The first thing I noticed is that the pages do turn a bit stiffer, but not bad.  I moved the covers back and forth on the discs and there was a bit of polish showing on the edge of the punches of the cover, but no apparent scraping on the discs.

So far so good.

I left the discs on my planner for a full week to give them a really thorough test...

and the verdict?

It's not bad!  I'm actually happy with how it turned out.  The nail polish held up.  It didn't scrape off down to the original disc colour.  after a couple of days, the pages started to turn easier - perhaps not as well as a bare disc, but not bad for how full my planner is.


I hauled this thing with me everywhere all week - just like usual.  I hauled it in and out of my work bag or purse, it sat on my desk all day.  It lived through my kids moving it around at home.   And the discs lived to tell the tale.

At the end of the day - I am actually keeping the polished discs on my planner.  I love the colour and, until the day I get rich and can buy my highly coveted Twilight discs...this offers a fun new way to custom colour discs for myself since I can't get ANY colours here in Canada.

It has inspired me to attempt more disc colouring experiments with other mediums.

If you liked this hack, I hope you will take a moment and pin it!