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Nine Cards from November Swap

Fall’s ihanna swap yielded only nine cards. The ninth, from Italy, took a very long time, so I’m still hopeful number 10 may come from some remote location like Fiji or Australia. Here are the nine:

 

Stitchery from Italy

Stitchery from Italy.

 

From Minnesota, a sweet little (real) bag spilling little bits of (fake) jewelry.

From Minnesota, a sweet little (real) bag spilling bits of (fake) jewelry.

 

Life questions in a collage from the U.K.

Life questions in a collage from the U.K.

 

Self-portrait in paint and stamp from South Texas. (I digitized her image for her privacy.)

Self-portrait in paint and stamps from South Texas. (I digitized her image for her privacy.)

 

Collage seascape from California, one of my all-time favorites.

Collage seascape from California, one of my all-time favorites.

 

Whimsical collage from Germany.

Whimsical collage from Germany.

 

Another from England, a collage that changes "impossible" to "I'm possible."

Another from England, an upbeat collage that changes “impossible” to “I’m possible.”

 

A whimsical collection of gerunds in collage, from Sweden.

A whimsical collection of gerunds in collage, from Sweden.

 

Finally, an amazing little packet from California, tied up in a mesh bow:

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The Swap is On!

After I received the list of people to send cards to in the latest ihanna swap, I addressed and stamped all my completed cards–then got sick and didn’t get them mailed out on time. But they’re all on their way now (and I’m still trying to recover from one of the worst flu-type + intestinal viruses I’ve ever had. And now my poor hubby has it.)

These went to Sweden, the U.K. (2), Israel, California, Mississippi, New York State, Illinois, Maryland and Missouri.

Red poppy happy

Red Poppy Happy (collage)

 

 

Sundrops

Sundrops (acrylic on canvas paper)

 

Spring Morning Blunn Creek (water color)

Spring Morning Blunn Creek (water color)

 

Mood Swing (water color)

Mood Swing (water color)

 

Mood Swing II (water color)

Mood Swing II (water color)

 

Invitation to Summer (collage)

Invitation to Summer (collage)

 

Texas Spring/Summer (acrylic, collage)

Texas Spring/Summer (acrylic, collage)

 

Cry Wolf (collage, based on music from the Beck Song Reader)

Cry Wolf (collage, based on “The Wolf is on the Hill” from the Beck Song Reader)

 

Bird, bee and flowers (collage)

Bird, bee and flowers (collage)

 

 

Fall Postcard Swap

As crazy as this fall has been, with adjusting to new beings in my life (updates on my other blog soon) and a trip, I squeezed in the iHanna postcard swap. Fortunately I had a small supply saved, so I had to make only a few. Here’s what was sent out at the end of October.

Beautyberries 2

Beautyberries 2 (water color, marker, paper) – Impression of colors of a beautyberry bush.

Beautyberries (water color, markers) - More realistic view of a beautyberry bush.

Beautyberries (water color, markers) – More realistic impression of a beautyberry bush.

Utah Impressions (water color)

Utah Impressions (water color)

Piscivore (collage)

Piscivore (collage)

There was a face - Kupka (water color) - Homage to the artist František Kupka

There was a face – Kupka (water color) – Homage to the artist František Kupka

Kupka homage in hot colors (marker) - Another nod to Kupka

Kupka homage in hot colors (marker) – Another nod to Kupka

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color) - Sketch for a future book of dream poetry.

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color) – Sketch for a future book of dream poetry.

Autumn glow (water , glitter paint)

Autumn glow (water color, glitter paint)

Autumn dreams (water color, glitter paint)

Autumn dreams (water color, glitter paint)

This was a repeat of a previous card:

Eating an Orange (copy of original poem and original pastel drawing)

Eating an Orange (copy of original poem and original pastel drawing)

I have started receiving cards, so I’ll post them after I’ve received all 10.

Springing Back to Life

The month between mid-March and mid-April was a blur of illness, travel and too little art time. But I’m getting productive again, so here are the latest pieces, plus some I’ve received since the last post:

Heart of Spring (collage)

Heart of Spring (collage)

Stained glass with brown and gold (markers). Done when I was in the grid phase but overlooked in scanning.

Stained glass with brown and gold (markers). Done when I was in the grid phase but overlooked in scanning.

Strange Golden Creature

Strange Golden Creature (water color, gel crayons). I don’t know what to make of this.

My favorite colors (water color, gel crayons)

My favorite colors (water color, gel crayons)

Windows (markers, cutouts and paper)

Windows (markers, cutouts and paper)

 

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color). There is a poem to go with this but it's not finished, and I'll probably re-do the art and post on my other blog.

Ice Skating under the Aurora (water color). There is a poem to go with this but it’s not finished, and I may re-do the art and post both on my other blog.

Travel Writer (collage on recycled board). My husband wants me to frame and hang this, so he may get it for his office.

Travel Writer (collage on recycled board). My husband wants me to frame and hang this, so he may get it for his office.

And cards received:

From Dee in South Africa

From Dee in South Africa

Honi in New York State

Honi in New York State

An interesting envelope and stamps from Michelle in Fiji

An interesting envelope and stamps from Michelle in Fiji

 

 

Fun from Fiji, France, S. Africa and the U.S.

This week was a bonanza of cards from interesting places:

From Honi in New York state, with a bonus snow picture

From Honi in New York state, with a bonus snow picture

Card with interesting envelope from Michelle in the Fiji Islands

Card with interesting envelope and stamp from Michelle in the Fiji Islands

Cool New Year's greetings from Guillaume in France

Cool New Year’s greetings from Guillaume in France, with an added “Je suis Charlie” on his note.

Beautiful collage from Dee in South Africa

Beautiful collage from Dee in South Africa

And I few new pieces of my own:

Doodles in pink, blue, teal, purple and green (markers)

Doodles in pink, blue, teal, purple and green (markers). I’m still playing with doodles and grids, after Joaquin Torres Garcia.

Meditation Altar (water color). My little zen altar as it looks this week.

Meditation Altar (water color). My little zen altar as it looks this week; the flowers will be different next week.

Neon Doodle Profile (Doodle app/computer) My granddaughter downloaded an app on my phone. It's addictive.

Neon Doodle Profile (Doodle app/computer) My granddaughter downloaded an app on my phone. It’s addictive.

Ivy and Winter Sun (manipulated original photo) Our back patio on a sunny winter afternoon.

Ivy and Winter Sun (manipulated original photo) Our patio on a sunny winter afternoon.

New for ’15

Halfway through January, it’s time for an update. Here are new pieces of my own and fun ones received. Some have been sent. If you’d like to receive a card, just send your mailing address to jillybeanswiggins@gmail.com. International mail is ok.

Texas Autumn (acrylic, real leaves)

Texas Autumn (acrylic, real crape myrtle leaves)

Heavy Metal (marker, metallic marker)

Heavy Metal (marker, metallic and glitter marker)

Plaid Homage (water color, acrylic) sent as a thank-you for tickets to Plaid Tidings

Plaid Homage (water color, acrylic) sent as a thank-you for tickets to Plaid Tidings

Monkey Shines (water color, sticker, glitter marker) previously posted on other blog

Monkey Shines (water color, sticker, glitter marker) previously posted on my other blog

Fan Coral (neon paint monoprint) My granddaughter and I were playing with monoprints. I was going to add fish or something but decided all it needed was the border.

Fan Coral (neon paint monoprint). My granddaughter and I were playing with monoprints. I was going to add fish or something but decided all it needed was the border.

Margarita Doodle (marker, mounted on paper-covered board

Margarita Doodle (marker, mounted on paper-covered board) No, I wasn’t drinking margaritas; the title is inspired by the colors)

Shiny New Year (markers, metallic and glitter markers)

Shiny New Year (markers, metallic and glitter markers)

Cards received:

From Lynne in Maine

From Lynne in Maine

Another from Catherine in Shropshire

Another from Catherine in Shropshire

Finally, two from Honi in New York state.

Finally, two from Honi in New York state.

Honi Jan 15

Offerings may be a little skimpier for a while as I focus on a pile of poems that have been written and critiqued but not finished, plus keeping up with my writing blog. I can’t not do some art though, and I keep adding media, including incorporating stitchery into my artwork.Happy 2015!

 

Postcard love

It recently dawned on me that one reason I like making postcards is that I’ve always liked postcards. Many that I’ve received are on the kitchen wall.

Post cards on the kitchen wall

Post cards on the kitchen wall

Kitchen post cards 2

When I mentioned Hiroshige in my other blog, a friend send me a note saying she had a fat book of Hiroshige postcards, which she sent out sparingly because she didn’t want them to run out. I replied that I had the same fat book, but couldn’t bear to send them at all!

Postcards I kept

Postcards I can’t part with

It’s hard to believe my last post was in October! With two trips, granddaughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving, November didn’t allow for much art output. But here are the few I’ve managed to produce, followed by some lovely cards I received.

Grid, inspired by Joaquin Torres Garcia (marker)

Grid, inspired by Joaquin Torres Garcia (marker)

Undersea (water color, stickers, Sparkle gel water color crayons

Undersea (water color, stickers, Sparkle gel water color crayons)

Braided Streams (water color pencils)

Braided Streams (water color pencils)

Grid 2, also after Joaquin Torres Garcia (markers)

Grid 2, also after Joaquin Torres Garcia (markers)

Another card that I made in November was posted on my other blog, since it included a poem.

Finally, some fun cards received in the past few weeks:

Fall image from Honi in New York state.

Fall image from Honi in New York state.

Cheerful flowery greeting from Catherine in Shropshire, UK.

Cheerful flowery greeting from Catherine in Shropshire, UK.

A beauty from Dee in South Africa.

A beauty from Dee in South Africa.

So very French. From Guillaume in France.

So very French. From Guillaume in France.

Having a Blast

Spent much of today working on art! Here are the latest pieces, followed by cards I’ve received recently. I got a little wild with the monoprints, inspired by Kathie M. from Colorado (see below). I even found my old little plexiglas plate from when I took printmaking in about 1987.

Neon Jungle (fabric, acrylic stamped figures)

Neon Jungle (fabric, acrylic stamped figures)

Divine Revelation (monoprint background, colored pencil figure)

Divine Revelation (monoprint background, colored pencil) After doing the background I could “see” Moses, streaming light, and the crowd, so I drew in the figure.

Puzzle (monoprint background, marker puzzle lines)

Puzzle (monoprint background, marker puzzle lines)

Metamorphosis is Messy (acrylic monoprint backgound, collaged critters)

Metamorphosis is Messy (acrylic monoprint background, collaged critters)

Frankenflower, acrylic monoprint background, collaged flower in marker

Frankenflower (acrylic monoprint background, collaged flower in marker)

Original photo, with quote from Lao Tzu

Original photo, with quote from Lao Tzu

 

Original photo with quote from Marcus Aurelius.

Original photo, photoshopped differently, with quote from Marcus Aurelius.

This monoprint from Kathie M. in Colorado inspired me to do the monoprints above.

This monoprint from Kathie M. in Colorado inspired me to do the monoprints above.

A collage from Linda G. in Massachusetts. This cracks me up.

A collage from Linda G. in Massachusetts. This cracks me up.

Another greeting from Catherine in Shropshire.

Another greeting from Catherine in Shropshire.

From Honi in N.Y., the only taste of fall we get in Central Texas.

From Honi in N.Y., the only taste of fall we get in Central Texas.

 

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

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)