Even though I have a twitter account I confess I don't really read many of the tweets from the people I follow. But as luck would have it I happened to catch one from Jule Fei-Fan Balzer about an art postcard swap being initiated by iHanna.
I have from time to time seen some of iHanna's blog posts (you can check out her blog here) in the past about art journaling, but I was unaware that she held this wonderful postcard swap. The concept was simple for a small fee you get 10 names and addresses. you create 10 original 4" x 6" (not store bought) postcards and mail one to each name on your list by a specific deadline. In return you should receive 10 original postcards via mail.
Since I found out about the swap at the last minute I was hard pressed to create 10 cards in just a few days. And for those of you who know me very well, I obsess over things a lot so this was a real challenge for me. I decided to keep my concepts simple. The whole idea of the swap to me was to promote friendship through art. So why not extend a "Hand of Friendship" to those whose names I received with a little help of a Balzer Designs stencil.
(Mediums: watercolors, ink, gel pens, Micron pens, and a white Signo pen.)
(Mediums used: watercolor, Micron pens, and a white Signo pen)
(Mediums used: watercolors, pen and ink, gel pens, and a white Signo pen)
(Mediums used: watercolors, Micron pens, gel pens, white Signo pen, and archival ink)
(Mediums used: watercolors, Micron pens, white Signo pen, and pen and ink)
Admittedly my short attention span got the better of me and I got bored with hands after the first 5 so I tried to think of what else to me could mean friendship and of course the phrase "extend an olive branch" came to mind so I switched to "Trees of Friendship".
(Mediums used: Micron pens and pan pastels)
(Mediums used: watercolors and Micron pens)
(Mediums used: watercolors, Micron Pens and white Signo pen)
(Mediums used: watercolors, Micron pens and gel medium)
**The tree and leaves were cut from a Japanese newspaper
Sadly this swap is over but hopefully I will hear about more swaps. I often thought it would be fun to find a group and get involved with a collaborative art journal or quilt project too. I'll keep on the lookout or who knows maybe start one myself.
Thanks for stopping by and come back soon. I've had a lot of projects and ideas rolling around in my head lately, which I'm looking forward to sharing.
Comments are welcome so tell me
What are you creating today?