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I am nearly always behind in my postings. What I worked on tonight has nothing to do with this post. What I am currently working on is drying, needing stitchery, etc…

This batch are some of my first art journal entries. I am so so about journaling. It is scary and tiring pushing your inner critic aside. I was thinking that if I could keep the process up, journals would be a great place to experiment. And since I am me, I must commit myself to exercises that will supposedly help me understand the craft.

I chose Juliana Coles’ “Extreme Journalism” as my introduction, in part because sparkleface references her and I have a huge flickr favorite crush on sparkleface.

I feel that it is important that I share my blach creations along with my favorites. Hopefully, it will help others tell their inner critic to leave them be. I know that my failures help me with the next step in my creative process and there are moments when I see my shit pieces influence future amazingness. That’s how it goes.

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I love this busy series. These are a sampling. I upload all onto my flickr page. I’ve been loving going to the thrift store down the street and picking up lace curtains and such. I am still experimenting with all of lace’s potential. Not to mention my continued love for the sewing machine despite my still limited stitch vocabulary. And that deep blue that embeds itself into my psyche.

Create your own beauty (by your own terms).

mm

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Inspired by the journal pages that Wendy Brightbill makes with cardboard, I made and mailed out the following cards:

I made them pretty quickly and wasn’t as methodical with my paper and paint chaos as I usually am. I really like using cardboard even though I am not quite sure how I am feeling about these.

I was beating myself up about whether these pieces were good or not, when I found a quote on Keri Smith’s blog. I am copy and pasting the whole thing I like it so much:

Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…

Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…

You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!…

Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…

I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty you [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself.

excerpted from a letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse (via Keri Smith)

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jerry’s map

I just discovered Jerry Gretzinger’s work. I love how his mind works and how the project has grown and changed over time. I also love the use of the altered playing cards to help him choose what direction to go next.

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I have been working but I am slow at getting to the point where I feel comfortable sharing. It amazes me how long it takes me to send a piece of mail art out. This isn’t a quick process for me whatsoever. I would say that each postcard takes me at least 4 hours, if not more. Yes, I do work on more than one at a time. Here is a sense of my procedural layout:

My bureau drawer which resides in the same room as my art supplies. New “in process” mail art is interspersed with a few received treasures.

Move slightly to the right and my stamps and Chart Pak lettering are strewn on a chair.

I am totally digging my garage sale desk and its many compartments.

Continuing in the rightwards direction . . . I love my new sewing machine.

And bingo cards!


Even the floor begins to get covered when I am in full activity mode.

Sometimes I spread into the dining room . . .

And even into the kitchen to do packing tape transfers.

Results of my messy madness will follow. Here are a few to wet your appetite :)

For a blue swap for Ms. Lemon I went back to an old technique love of mine of just using old scraps that I insist on collecting. A purple card is currently in the mail too!

This one is a bit blurry. I decided to recycle Charlie’s postcard and send it to i am Rushmore who is a month older than me. Originally, we had conceived of a continued realtering. However, if she wants to keep it as is, I am fine with that. I kind of like it.

Yet another blurry photo. This happens when I go 3-D. In September, after hurricane Irene on the East Coast of the United States, my stepmother sent me a few samples of the detritus she found on the beach.

I sent her a few pieces back.

I like my circle series and look forward to making more. I also hope that I can get hold of more of those awesome butterfly stamps. The post office was out when I went last :(

This proved to be a rather long post.

Be well,

mm

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I love my partner. Our last day in British Columbia, the day we were heading back, she took the long way home and did all of the driving all so that I could ride the ferry across Kootenay Lake.

The last time I crossed this lake by ferry was a few years ago after I had been to a local ashram. I gave someone a ride and I remember her doing sun salutations on the ferry. Then when we arrived in Balfour, we stopped by the jewelry stand of a man from Quebec and we were all able to communicate in French. Not something I could even hope to experience just a few miles south.

This is why I love going north to Canada. It gives my world a needed dusting off shake.

I made a few postcards while traveling. I haven’t sent any out yet. I am not even sure who to send them to. Fun. I generally don’t do landscapes; but British Columbia and my out of the U.S. at least temporarily experience were enough to inspire me.

I am in awe of the views and perspectives of my mountain views as well as the depths both physical and otherwise.

I love you dear dear world.

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Up to this point, I have been trying to post all of the mail art that I create and send, as well as all of the mail art that I receive. It is making me crazy. I already am trying to make sure that I keep up with sending mail art to all those that send me mail art, and then I put the extra burden on myself of posting EVERYTHING on here. As my blog dilemmas well illustrate, I think that I need to put less demands on myself. I haven’t quite figured out what the solution is. Some people only share what they receive, others what they send, while others just share mail art and non-mail art creations that they are proud of or inspirations and moments where daily life seeps in.

All I know is that a change is needed.

Today, I will just share a piece of mail art received from Pretty Lilly.

It has sent me on a bit of a buzz creating little collages with all of my scraps and creating scraps just to collage them. Perhaps I will share some of the results later.

In fact, I have found myself experimenting a lot with different styles recently. I’ve also been playing with inks and paint, mostly influenced by Annie Yu’s amazing work. I know that I don’t compare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I struggled with the front of this card. It has layers and layers. At the end, I just wanted it out. I like the address side much better.

I really like using inks and paints, but I do not feel that I am very good at using them. I feel much more comfortable with collage. I keep on reminding myself that I am supposed to be having fun, right? Letting go of my perfectionism and sharing with others.

Hopefully, I can keep it that way.

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