Expanding Art on the Net

Last fall, my friend Toni and I helped each other to make Etsy shops.  My Etsy shop can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HanaMeleArt.

My Etsy Shop!

I’m very excited to have this shop as it is one more way to have my work available to the public.  Bluebirds of Happiness are the latest creations I’ve been working on at the Farmers Market and what doesn’t sell at the market will be available at my Etsy shop.

- created at the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisians Market at Art on the Spot
– created at the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisians Market at Art on the Spot

 

Mail Art entry 13!

Mail art entry 13a

What can I say? Sun was pouring through my Southern exposure drawing room window as the ideas fluttered about like the butterfly on the stamp.  I really like how this one turned out!

Mail art entry 13b

The back of this postcard is fun to trace the stitching tracks!

If you haven’t checked out where all these pieces of mail have gone, go to Two Hands Paperie’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Hands-Paperie/282051646297?ref=ts&fref=ts

Mail Art entry 12!

Cut, sew, draw and repeat …

Mail Art entry 12a

Stage 1 of front:  I sewed the little orange ribbon on, the little butterfly cut-out, and then drew the rest with the addresses and stamp.  Still seemed ho-hum …

Mail Art entry 12b

For the flip side I cut out tulips from a rectangle piece of paper and then tore around it.  I sewed the tulip silhouettes, ribbons, and the cardboard cut-out onto the back. After stitching it onto the backside of another sheet cardboard, I scribbled into some of the border with the blue ink pen and added a request to Spring … still not pleased.

Mail Art entry 12c

Thinking a few raindrops might help, I added those, but still not enough …

Mail Art entry 12e

… I decided to darker the one set of scribbles in the border and add a second set.  The looseness of the line gives a “stitched” look to it.  Back to the front …

Mail Art entry 12f

… more color was added with marker and some Prismacolor to help give it a little more  brightness.

Off it went … with added postage.

 

Mail Art entry 11!

mail art 11a copy

Inspiration once again came from the stamp and wanting to play with black and white gouache .  For this piece, I began with a piece of cardboard from a sheet set that had printing on one side and blank white on the other.

mail art 11c

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well, I sanded the blank side with some fine sand paper. After addressing and stamping the cardboard, I set it to the side and cut a smaller piece of card stock that fit inside a printed border on the back side of the cardboard.  From a recently acquired package of miscellaneous papers, etc., I pulled out a solid teal piece and a playing card.  I sewed the teal paper in the middle and cut the card at an angle. Placing the card in strategic locations, I sewed those into place.  Next, I added a piece of red ribbon.  Finally, I sewed the new “sewed” card onto the back of the cardboard.

Knowing the paint would not want to adhere very well to the slick cardboard from the sheet, I sanded the blank side with some fine grade sand paper. The gouache stayed onto the card beautifully.

Once I finished the front and let it dry, I flipped it over, looked at that 3 of hearts and began to reminisce about all those Canasta games. That playing card brought back many memories of playing canasta with my family. Being allowed to play Canasta with the adults was truly a right of passage.  Numerous Sunday afternoons were spent playing cards with my family and visiting with cousins, aunts and uncles.  My Aunt Agnes always placed bowls of chips and chocolates onto the table only to be washed down by soda pop.  Strategy, stories, and laughter often ensued.  Enough reminiscing for now, back to the project …

mail art 11b

Originally, I thought I would draw or paint some silhouettes of figures (like those the stamp) onto the sewn back side of the card, but it seemed only right to add the Williams Rule book and a few thoughts.

Mail Art entry 8!

Mail Art entry 8a

Ever have one of those ideas that seem wonderful, but the execution of it becomes more time consuming than you thought?  Welcome to Mail Art entry 8?

Mail Art entry 8b

Using a clear envelope, I thought it would be great to put some glitter paint into it.  Good idea – until I realized how long it was going to take for it to dry.  After approximately 7 days and numerous attempts at blow drying the inside of it, the paint dried!  I added two pieces of paper to the inside with the words Peace and Joy on each.  As an added interest, I cut up pieces of white paper and added those.  At last I placed on the mailing labels, and cut up other mailing labels stuck onto the outside to create a design.  May your endeavors move along much quicker than that one!

Mail Art entry 7!

mail art entry 7a for blog

I love color!  I’ve accumulated various paint chips over time, in trying to decide various colors for different rooms in our home.  Over the weekend, a local store offered a free quart of paint to try out their new brand.  Trying to decide on one color was so difficult for me, as I love so many colors.

Arriving home, I looked through my collection of paint chips and thought they would make a great piece for Mail Art!  I sewed different cards together and then front to back.  Next came the fun part of deciding what to do.  I used ink to create a great contrast for all the color.  Who knows what tomorrow will hold?

mail art entry 7b for blog

Music, Gold, Finery and Queens

As the weather gets cooler, I find my body wants to stay inside to work, while my mind continues to think of all the many things to work on in our new garden/yard/park area.  It’s been a very full summer and at times, hard to believe fall is definitely here.  But today’s snowflakes grazing my face quickly reminds me winter will soon be here.

On the cooler days when I stayed indoors, I found the desire to create art pieces with three dimensional objects, in a two dimensional format.  Spurned on by my commitment to have three pieces completed for an Artworks and Friends show at the Bonifas Fine Art Center in Escanaba, I decided these would be wonderful, if they turned out.

I shopped around at the local thrift stores and dug into various “supply” boxes to find many of the treasures to compose my pieces.  The hunt for the right items carried many surprises as one item tied in so lovely with another.  One of the biggest delights occurred after placing the Victoria picture in the heart shaped frame and finding the sheet music titled, “Vittoria Mio Core!” – Victorious, My Heart!  The feather, mask, gold chain and rhinestones just fit with Marie, as did the small old lock front.  That reminded me of her time spent in prison before her execution.  “Looking Up” is a reminder to look ahead at what may occur in a life.  For Princess Katherine of France, she later married Henry V and became queen.

In addition to all my treasures, I found a delightful site called The Graphics Fairy where Karen has a multitude of many images to be used! Here is a link to her site:  http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

On that site, I found three wonderful images of two queens (Victoria and Marie) and one Princess Katherine, to create my compositions.

In addition to many things gold and shiny, and sometimes not so shiny, I included parts of sheet music, feathers, rhinestones and ribbons.

Here are the completed assemblages:

“Looking Up” features Princess Katherine

“Marie”

and “Victoria”

These three pieces are currently hanging at the Bonifas Fine Art Center in Escanaba until Dec. 18th.  If you get a chance, stop by and also see their Northern Exposure show!