Monday, October 19, 2015

No insurance or tracking number needed!!

"Return of the Weirdy Mail"... (no this is not the title of the latest spooky movie for the Halloween season!) Back in February I posted about the "Envie Addicts Unite" group that I'm a part of on ATC's for All. A couple of times during the year instead of sending "arted up" envelopes to our partners we shake things up by sending what is affectionately called Weirdy Mail. The rule of thumb here is that there are no rules (the weirder the better), the main challenge is getting your post office to accept the item for delivery! My local post office is a bit conservative, after talking to our Postmaster I decided to be safe and that I would do what I call Semi-Weirdy. Nevertheless, I do think I managed to come up with a creative project that was still in the spirit of the weirdy challenge!

Below are photos of my "Weirdy"... I started with an empty potato chip container, I wanted something that not only could be arted up on the outside but could also be a vessel for an artful surprise inside!

My Inspiration

When I started I assumed that there were plenty of surface areas to be used as a canvas for my artwork. I first covered the entire can with tissue paper... before starting my artwork I went to the post office to find out where they would have to place the postage, I did not want any of the design to be covered. I'm glad that I checked, I found out that I had less room than needed for a design that I had planned. I still had time to make changes & in the end, much less frustration!

Below are photos of both ends as well as the side with my finished design, unfortunately I have no pic of the opposite side of the can where the address lettering and postage appeared.

"Weirdy" Bottom
"Weirdy" Top
"Halloween in Creepyville"

Below is a photo of the "Surprise Inside"... remember how fun it was when we were kids, anxiously tearing into our favorite cereal boxes to see what we got!! 
I started with a 4 foot length of garland that I found at the Dollar Store, then I attached individual letters & decorations created from watercolor paper. 

(I arranged it in a circle for the photo but it was created to be hung as a swag)

Halloween "Surprise" Garland
Hope you've been inspired to put a little weirdness into 
your life today... Have a Creative & Fun Halloween!!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tag, you're it... catch me if you can!

Just a quickie Show & Tell for today... it's been awhile since I signed up for a  swap on AFA requiring the work to be HD/HP (hand drawn/hand painted), my focus has been elsewhere on a variety of 3-D projects. I came across the notice for a "Tag Swap" that was starting, it caught my attention immediately and I just couldn't resist! It took me a bit more time to shift gears back to a flat piece of paper than usual, I think my muse went on a holiday... luckily, I managed to track her down and finally found some inspiration to begin! 

Below is a photo of my finished tags... I chose to use a solid black tag in hopes of creating a stark contrast to the vibrant colors of the drawings and multi colored ribbons... I am very happy with the end results, I hope you'll agree. 

(I just hope that someday I will figure out how to take a photo that does artwork justice!)
Fish gotta swim, Birds gotta fly, Cats gotta control & Lizards are just cool!!

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy ARTing & Blessings to you all!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October has many more treats than tricks!!

October is undoubtedly my favorite month of the year! Not only are the days filled with mild temperatures and the beautiful colors of the changing season, it just happens to be my Birthday month. Through the years I have always chosen to celebrate with a trip of some kind... whether it is to distant locales or just a fun excursion close to home, I always look forward to this present to myself! Unfortunately, my travel plans for this year have been sidelined by unresolved issues with my knee injury as well as a couple of new issues (albeit, just minor & frustratingly irritating!!!) Before month's end, I do plan to come up with a few alternative outings to pacify my wanderlust even if just a little...where there's a will there's a way!!

I do have a quickie Show & Tell to share with you today... As usual, when nothing else works, I regain my peace of mind with ART!! 

Below are postcards that I have created in my classic Janoodle style. I recently ordered a fresh supply of Jacquard Dyes that included some new colors to add to my arsenal of creative weapons!! (In person, they are very vibrant with fabulous depth of color!)

Postcard - 4 1/2" X 6"
Postcard - 4 1/2" X 6"
Postcard - 4 1/2" X 6"
Postcard - 5" X 7"
Postcard - 5" X 7"
Postcard -  4 1/2" X 6"
Just for fun... Uninvited Guest - ATC
Glad you popped in... 
I hope you've been inspired (even in some small way)
to "Art it Up" & feed your creative self... Ciao!!