I was enjoying my retirement from mail art. I truly was. Sure, I planned to send things to friends/family that never received the mail I'd sent them--and also considered some mail art projects. The day after I mailed off my last batch o' envelopes, I flew to California for a couple of relaxing mail art-free weeks. I did hear from one of my former co-workers, Kindra, that she had received her envelope. She had thoughtfully included a photo of herself with it.
But of the mail art I had received in the mail, one piece was from Ficus Strangulensis, one of my faves on IUOMA. I had sent Ficus one of my lame homemade postcards (just an old movie ad printed out and glued on cardstock--no artistic ability needed) just to say hello. I emphasized that it was NOT mail art. But he decided that, regardless of what I said, it was mail art and he was replying in turn. GROAN!
I am late in sending this. (I got busy with all of the other mail I "owed.") Late or not, I wanted to send something to Amy (and Chris) to thank them for coming to the island and making it a wonderful weekend for all of us. Erich, who is visiting again, and I have been invited to Amy's place in early October to go to an event at this cool-sounding club she lives near. And she's not too far from my new favorite tiki bar, INSIDE PASSAGE as well. I realize my spook house envelopes are getting a little tired, but I hope she likes this one okay (if it arrives). I also hope it turns out that we can go-go in October. Cheers, Amy & Chris! (D)
This card (which looks very washed out here) and the 30 others to go with it was a royal pain to make. I printed the backgrounds and the figures. The backgrounds I painstakingly measured and cut to size by hand...and then cut down again for the black border. The figures I also printed and cut out (that was awful). Somehow I got figures that were way too small. Most of the others were too big and had to be cut down a bit to fit on the card. This card shows one of the very few "just right"-sized cards. It wasn't working for me, so I added the "Happy Samhain" and the silly verbiage at the bottom. I still don't like it and, if I can get my printer issues resolved, I intend to do a second set of cards for her project, but one that is more "my style". (?)
To send them to Maxima, I needed an envelope. I just wanted to be done, so I slapped on a background I'd printed a long while back and never used. Then I had a couple of large scans from some previous envelopes I had made. They were trash to me, but I did cut some previously used figures out to slap on the envelope to make it somewhat interesting. It's no winner. It's just a container to send the cards. Nothing more. Nothing is sticking off (I can't do that. I'm mailing it locally!), but the bottom figure is in the margine--off of the background. That works.(?)
But the answer came in the mail earlier today. Among the bills and advertising flyers, I spied this Dia de los Muertos stamp sticking out from the pile. I knew instantly what it was. It was the completed first project of the amazing Maxima Strange's Goth Emporium, the first project I ever participated in. Zowie!
Inside was an oversized art card by Luis Fiulipe Gomes from Portugal, and a small packet containing 4x6 cards.
Even though I have already made out and sent my 31 cards for Maxima's Samhain-themed project, seeing this first Goth set of 13 refocused my intention to do a second, "more my speed" contribution to the Samhain project. And I need to get hopping. Deadlines are set up for a reason. I gotta get on it. Let's see what I come up with...
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