Archive | September 2014

Swap Cards Received

Finally managed to register successfully for the informal swap. I’ve sent several, including one to South Africa, and recently received three. Although I’m still busy with a deadline project for my husband’s theater company, I plan to keep making and sending cards as often as possible.

Next: an update on my recent work.

Dyed and stitched fabric from April in Florida

Dyed and stitched fabric from April in Florida

Stamped collage from Cheryl in Virginia

Stamped collage from Cheryl in Virginia

Last, a card, an envelope that is a work of art, and a really cool art tag from Honi in New York state.

Envelope and card from Honi

Envelope and card from Honi

Honi C tag back

Honi C tag

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Irresistible temptation!

You know how you go to the grocery store for milk and bread and end up spending $50?

I wasn’t event looking for markers. I have LOTS of markers.

My well-stocked marker bin.

My well-stocked marker bin.

But in the Office Depot checkout line, these just begged for me to buy them, and never has a package of markers been so yummy. The colors are gorgeous (as are the names–margarita green, peach parfait, ocean view blue).

It was fun just working with the swatches and think about how I'll use them.

It was fun just working with the swatches and thinking about how I’ll use them.

They’re permanent but don’t soak through, at least not Bristol board. They’re nice to the touch and came in a handy case that I’ll use for travel. Thirty-six bits of happiness for $20.

Bic, Mark-It in the case, $20 of total joy

Bic, Mark-It in the case, $20 of total joy

I have new cards to scan and post, as well as several beauties recently received, but I’m on deadline for a postcard and poster for my husband’s next show, with a tight turnaround. Stay tuned, while I try to keep from playing with my favorite new toys.

Cards received! More ZTs!

I finally got into an informal mail swap, although I’m having difficulty registering myself for it. Still, I have mailed some cards to people already listed, and received two in return.

Card from Elizabeth in Kansas. (Pastel and gel)

Card from Elizabeth in Kansas. (Pastel and gel)

Card from Kathy in Ohio (ink and white paint on green stock)

Card from Kathy in Ohio (ink and white paint on green stock)

The past week or so have been too busy to do much with cards, but I keep my hands busy (when I’m not knitting) doing Zentangles. I’m feeling really stuck on these, like they’re beginning to look pretty much the same. I need to do something different: cards in a different medium, or go in a completely different direction–I’m thinking mandalas.

Zentangles #5 (some permanent marker,  some washable marker, on Bristol board)

Zentangles #5 (some permanent marker, some washable marker, on Bristol board)

Summer’s Over, Get to Work!

Even during the wrap-up to the kids’ vacation, during which both grandchildren stayed with us, I got a few cards done. I’m trying to get onto a mail art exchange but I’m having difficulty–I’ll keep trying. I will swap with anyone, anywhere in the world. If you’d like to receive a card, send your mailing address to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com

Here are my end-of-summer efforts:

Zentangle (sort-of) Stained Glass

Zentangle (sort-of) Stained Glass (marker)

Cogs, spokes and gears (marker) went to a friend in Canada

Cogs, spokes and gears (marker) went to a friend in Canada

Miro (marker) reminds me of the Spanish surrealist Joan Miro

Miro (marker) reminds me of the Spanish surrealist Joan Miró

 

 

Beach Cottages (water color), a reminder of the road between Rockport and Aransas, Pass, Texas

Beach Cottages (water-color), a reminder of the road between Rockport and Aransas Pass, Texas

Leaves (marker)

Leaves (marker)

Stained-glass Picasso (marker) on photo paper

Stained-glass Picasso (marker) on photo paper

Austin Boogie (marker), after Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie"

Austin Boogie (marker), after Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie”

George's doodle (marker) for a visiting friend who liked the doodles, so I made him his own.

George’s doodle (marker) for a visiting friend who liked the doodles, so I made him his own.