SparkPeople Spark Mailart Team Messageboard We make and swap mailart; ATCs, Postcards, Bookmarks. All mediums welcome. You don't have to be an artist just have imagination. SparkPeople Spark Mailart Team Messageboard Art Journals? Do any of you do art journals? Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:42:55 EST February 2013 Swap Theme ATC Theme: <BR> <BR> I DID IT : create a new emoticon that says I did it or any artwork that says I did it or Goal met. <BR> <BR> Make it bright and cheerful emoticon with the theme I DID IT or GOAL MET. <BR> <BR> Add your name to the February Participants if you you want to join in and I will add yor name to the list. <BR> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:54:23 EST I'm Linda Hello! <BR> I've been a Sparkpeople member for a long time. I just happened to stumble across this team and thought it looked like it might be fun. <BR> <BR> I haven't been into the "artsy" stuff for several years. I used to be a huge crafter! I love paper arts, but have dabbled in a lot of other areas. <BR> <BR> If you've ever seen Somerset Studio magazine, that describes the kind of stuff I like to do. <BR> <BR> The last couple of months I have been thinking about starting a new Art Jour... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:43:51 EST February Ideas Ok it is almost February and we need a few ideas to play with for the next swap please. <BR> I came up with these: <BR> POSTCARD: Theme SAY NO: This could be saying no to fatty foods, sugary foods, no to a large portion or anything else you can think of. <BR> <BR> ATC: Theme I DID IT : create a new emoticon that says I did it or any artwork that says I did it or Goal met <BR> <BR> So if you have any ideas please post them here in this thread. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:57:11 EST Share With Me Is there a place where I can look at project y'all have completed and posted? Fri, 11 Jan 2013 02:06:41 EST January 2013 Well the New Year is almost upon us lets make 2013 a great year with new goals and motivation. <BR> <BR> So with that in mind I have a few ideas to put to everyone how about making one of these: <BR> <BR> Theme New Goals or if you like Resolutions <BR> <BR> a) Bookmark maybe drinking water is to be a goal or walking <BR> <BR> b) ATC: Dancing <BR> <BR> c) Postcard: Positive affirmation, cooking healthy meals <BR> <BR> I want you to think outside the box so lets say you choose drinking w... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 05:40:49 EST Tile Art I got an email today containing the link to this site about Tile Art. It looks like it might be a fun project to try at some point. And thought that others here might like to give it a look and a try so here is the link: <link><BR>it-yourself-tile-wall-art/ </link> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:45:00 EST Watercolor Pencils & My Sister's B-day card Okay, so I have a set of watercolor pencils but really don't know how to use them. This video gives you several different techniques on how to use InkTense watercolor pencils. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love to rubber stamp images and then color them in so I will have to try some of these techniques. <BR> <BR> I had a massive FAIL on trying to create a B-day card tonight, but I just cut off the part of the card I liked and redesigned it into another car... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 02:29:35 EST Please Welcome Tathy49! We have a new member to the team--Tathy49. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Tathy! Fri, 7 Dec 2012 01:07:03 EST Art Flip Journal Here is a great idea. You can read the comments to figure out how this artist did it. It appears to be a combination of painting the backgrounds, along with collage. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:12:40 EST Art Journal Page: Collage with Magazine Cutouts One person's technique on how she does her collages: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:19:21 EST Great New Blog Covering Paper Art Techniques I found this great blog today which has many different links regarding paper art crafts. Below is the link for the printable freebies: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nu/printable-freebies/ </link> <BR> <BR> And here is an example of the artist's work regarding beeswax collages with a how to. Note that along the right side of the page, all the different great links are there, including but not limited to background techniques and stamping techniques. The artis... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 01:52:23 EST December Challenge OK gang December is almost upon us and it is always a busy month. Shopping, gift wrapping, cooking, decorations to put up then there are all the other 101 little things that need to be done as well. So December is going to be different we are having a Challenge. <BR> <BR> The Challenge is this: A Christmas Moderation Collage <BR> <BR> Create a Collage for Christmas that will help you not overdo things so you can still have the nice things but not go overboard. Add a picture of it to your bl... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 03:41:05 EST I am having some fun! I am really enjoying making holiday cards and gift tags right now. I rubber stamp the image and then use Smooch inks and glitter glue to color it. Easy and fun, which is good for me these days-lol! <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good time too with the monthly projects. <BR> <BR> Happy holidays! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:08:36 EST Foil Drawings-How To Here is a wonderful and easy How To for foil drawing--so beautiful, too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ings/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:47:51 EST Paper Art Journaling <link><BR>irst-complete-art-journal/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is one lady's version of her paper art journal. She also gives a technique to make a wonderful cover. <BR> <BR> I thought of you Paula, when I saw this, as you are doing your affirmation cards, etc. :) Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:37:15 EST I Could Really Get into This! Great Art Tutorial <link><BR>rt/ </link> <BR> <BR> It shows how to make paper art from rubber stamps and TP, and who doesn't have a little TP lying around the house? <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:22:16 EST Please welcome a DETERMIN ED_SOUL! We are happy to have a determined soul here! Please stop by her spark page to welcome her to the team. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:27:12 EST Thoughts on December December is always a very busy month so I thought I would put out an idea and see what you all think. I know it is early days to thinking about December but it soon comes around. <BR> <BR> As shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts and all the 101 things that need to be done I thought about doing something different rather than a swap a Challenge. <BR> <BR> The Challenge would this: <BR> <BR> Create a Collage for Christmas that will help you not overdo things so you can still have the nice thing... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:00:08 EST I got my bookmark--Thank you!! I swapped with JinLynn & she made the most gorgeous bookmark! <BR> <BR> Thank you so much. :) <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:52:47 EST November Swap Idea Ok I thought about making a Christmas Recipe Postcard for November that way it would be posted at thebend of the month and should get to you in time for Christmas and you can have a new recipe to try out. <BR> <BR> So what do you think is this something you would like to do? <BR> <BR> Easy recipes that can be put on the front of the postcard along with your artwork leaving the back for name address and message. <BR> <BR> If you would rather make something else don't be shy let us know all ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:03:13 EST How To-Celtic Knot Here is a great YouTube link on how to do a Celtic Knot <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:33:51 EST Did everyone get their ATCs? Just wondering if you enjoyed them. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:03:32 EST Bookmark made Ok I made my bookmark well more than 1 as I get hooked making them but now I have a choice. <BR> I will finish the others off and take a pic of them so you can see what I been up to. <em>268</em> getting all arts and craft again <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Ok as promised pics of the Bookmarks I made some are for friends <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4446449 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 04:45:00 EST Bookmark Participants BECCABOO127 <BR> <BR> ASHAIXIM <BR> <BR> PAULAAUTUMN <BR> <BR> JINLYNN Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:55:33 EST What do you get out of art? Please describe what you like when it comes to either viewing art or making art. Share your experiences. <BR> <BR> For me, I like to color, and has some great coloring books for adults. It helps me to relax, and acts as a form of meditation for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:37:42 EST Please welcome... IAMJOYFUL2 to the team! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> We are glad you are here! Let us know if you have any questions. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 09:34:11 EST Sharing Pics Does anyone want to share a pic of the ATC they received? <BR> <BR> I haven't received mine yet, but hopefully the postman will bring it soon. :) Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:10:09 EST I did it! I did my bookmark yesterday, and boy did I have fun! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:50:17 EST "The Journey of 1000 Paintings" I wanted to share this great blog from one of my Weight Watcher's pals. <BR> <BR> A journey of 1000 paintings. <BR> <BR> "It is the journey of 1000 paintings. There is a saying among artists, it takes a thousand paintings. You paint everyday. Big, little, it doesn't really matter, you just paint. Step out of your comfort zone, don't just paint the same thing or the same type of thing, because you never know what will touch your soul! But you paint. EVERYDAY. Three hundred and fifty plu... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 15:01:31 EST Describe your likes Please describe what you like when it comes to either viewing art or making art. Share your experiences. <BR> <BR> For me, I like to color, and has some great coloring books for adults. It helps me to relax, and acts as a form of meditation for me. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 03:18:56 EST Butterflies: Causes of Color I found a neat article about why butterflies have color, and placed it in the link section. Below is a copy of the link for your convenience. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>A.html </link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:01:41 EST September Swappers and Swappees Hello Ladies! I just emailed the swap list. I will list it here, too, for your convenience: <BR> <BR> PaulaAutumn mails her ATC to Ashaixim <BR> <BR> JinLynn mails her ATC to Krystalla <BR> <BR> Ashaixim mails her ATC to Paula Autumn <BR> <BR> Krystalla mails her ATC to me (BeccaBoo127) <BR> <BR> Beccaboo127 mails her ATC to CurvyElvieSays <BR> <BR> CurvyElvieSays mails her ATC to JinLynn <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**** <BR> <BR> Please email your home add... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:03:39 EST Art Quotes! A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. <BR> <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:38:01 EST September List of participants PAULAAUTUMN <BR> JINLYNN <BR> ASHAIXIM <BR> KRYSTALLA <BR> BECCABOO127 <BR> CURVYELVIESAYS <BR> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 06:08:09 EST OCTOBER Swap OK here it is a Bookmark swap. <BR> You can choose the theme you like the best and make a bookmark. 1 bookmark in the theme of your choice so you will send just 1 bookmark to your partner. <BR> <BR> Size 6 X 2 inches this gives you a nice size canvas to work with. <BR> 1 bookmark to be made and sent off to your partner by the end of October. <BR> <BR> Theme 1: Wings <BR> So let your imagination take flight. <BR> Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Dragons, Fairy, Angel, Animals with wings, or ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 06:03:24 EST Art's Healing Effects Hello ladies! I found a great article listed under the link section which describes art's healing effects. <BR> <BR> Below is the link for your convenience: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m/does_art_heal </link> <BR> <BR> "Indeed, scientists have documented health benefits from exposure to art at all stages of life. Lullabies have been shown to promote neurological development and weight gain in premature infants, while dance appears to help elderly patients... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:35:55 EST A Little Fun I am adding a little something fun to coordinate with my ATC card so that whoever gets it will enjoy it. Both the ATC and the "fun" are handmade. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:53:30 EST Let's go say hi to the Birthday lass! It's Paula's B-day tomorrow 9/21. Let's drop by or send her a goodie. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> to Paula! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:57:00 EST My Likes I like just about everything having to do with music, art, gardening, anything that turns on one's creative juices and puts one in a "flow" state. <BR> <BR> I used to do water colors when I was in my teens, and I hope to get back to that soon. You might even see some water color ATCs here. :) Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:35:27 EST New Member We have a new member, Curvy Elvie, who I know from a few other groups. She is lots of fun, and I am so glad she has joined us. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:32:38 EST Have a Chat So what other projects are you working on? This can be any type of art, including knitting, needlepoint, quilting, etc. This is all about the creative process and what we like to do! Even gardening fits the bill! <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> <em>374</em> <em>376</em> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:50:34 EST New Co-Leader I would like to welcome Beccaboo127 as Co-Leader. <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> I am sure you will enjoy the experience and look forward to your valued input. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 05:00:52 EST Co-Leader I will be happy to help out as a co-leader! I loved the idea of this team so much, and still do. I especially like Paula's idea of making some cards into positive affirmation cards. She does such a good job of that, if you've ever stopped by to see her artwork. If not, you should do so, as it is very motivating for those of us who want to tap into our creative side and make a neat visualization to do so, too! <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:34:24 EST My Likes and Dislikes My Likes <BR> Any colour you really can't go wrong <BR> Animals: Fur and feather and fantasy <BR> Art: Any Medium <BR> I love Nature so trees plants flowers are all fine. <BR> <BR> My Dislikes <BR> Clowns or anything to do with the circus <BR> Arum Lillies <BR> Snakes Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:46:05 EST Your Likes and Dislikes <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Please add a new thread to reply to this to make it easier to find your likes and dislikes. <BR> We all have things that we would not like to get or would like to have and a list of what you like means you will not be dissapointed when you get your new artwork. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:35:02 EST PLEASE READ <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> INFORMATION ONLY <BR> Please ask questions in a New Thread. Thank you <BR> <BR> How many times have you started reading a book and find you do not have a bookmark and end up with a slip of paper to mark your place rather than turning down a corner of a page? <BR> Well now you can have a new bookmark created by your partner with a theme that will help you keep on track. <BR> <BR> Guidelines for making a Bookmark <BR> ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:53:35 EST September Swap September is the start of Autumn and for many cooler days and the start of leaves turning from green to vibrant yellow, orange and umber. <BR> Lots of wonderful fruits can be found in the hedgerow and apples are getting ready to be harvested. <BR> So I thought an Autumnal theme would be nice. Think Healthy Fruits, leaf raking, walks on a windy day. <BR> Make an ATC you can even turn it into a positive affirmation card <BR> Lets see what we can come up with. <BR> <BR> Post your card to your p... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:54:13 EST New Leader Ok guys I am going to try and keep the team going. No Idea what I am doing but will give it a go. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:39:05 EST I´m stepping down and leaving the group Hi everyone - I haven´t been around in ages and it appears nothing´s been happening here either. I have too much on my plate and unfortunately have to step down as team leader and leave this group. I am tying up lose ends and simplifying my life as much as I can. <BR> <BR> I have another group on Sparkpeople called DHARMA which I am going to focus on. (One group really is quite enough!) Please feel free to pop by and join if you like the look of things - I am going to be more active in th... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 06:25:27 EST May Postcard arrived Thank you INFINITELEIGH my beautiful postcard has arrived safe and sound. It is in my bedroom so I see it each morning when I get up. <em>30</em> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:50:51 EST Thanks! Paula, your postcard was wonderful--whimsical and wonderful! My sister loved it too. I should put that near my fridge to remind myself to eat well. :) Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:18:23 EST Zentangle Ever wondered what Zentangle is? Put simply it is Doodling, simple to complex patterns in black and white or colours. Anyone can Zentangle and create something beautiful. <BR> Zentangle ® is creative and relaxing even I can do it and I am not an artist. <BR> <link><BR>om_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=117 </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some easy to make patterns click on the pattern you like and there is a step by step guide on how to create it. <BR> <B... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 02:31:11 EST My Likes and Dislikes I thought it would be a good idea if we all added a list of our Art likes and dislikes. That way if we make an ATC, Postcard or Bookmark for someone in particular we can make something we know they will like. I am thinking of Random Acts of Kindness you know making a card as a surprise when someone in our Team has been unwell or having a hard time or even for a Birthday. Simply copy and paste adding your answers. <BR> <BR> Likes <BR> Artwork: <BR> Themes: <BR> Colours: <BR> <BR> Dislikes <B... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 01:29:21 EST June Swap: Water This time we make an ATC. <BR> We all aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day so this swap is going to be about Water. <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> Anything that will depict water is fine, Fish, Dolphins, Mermaids, Waterfalls, Waves, Words anything at all. The idea is to remind us water is good for you. <BR> So get creative draw, collage, paint, write anything that you think will remind us water is good. <BR> Have fun <em>30</em> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 01:19:40 EST THANK YOU Thank you to Becca for my Fruit and Vegetable ATC card it is beautiful <em>129</em> I love collage you did really well I would not have known this was your first ever ATC well done. Fri, 25 May 2012 04:02:51 EST Art postcards Hi! <BR> Just wanted to get those ideas rolling..... here are some links to insprie you this month: <BR> <link><BR>.html </link> <BR> <link><BR>ake-fabric-postcard-artist-trading </link> <BR> <link><BR>ex.php?c=10 </link> Fri, 4 May 2012 04:10:30 EST FREE online art classes Registration is still open for these great FREE online classes! <BR> <link><BR>g.html </link> Wed, 2 May 2012 06:11:45 EST May swap: favourite quote This was orginally going to be an ATC, but on reflection I realised it would be better as a postcard - you have more space to work with and it would actually be much nicer as a postcard. <BR> <BR> So - same idea - your favourite quote (in words) with whatever you want to add - an illustration, design, collage - any medium at all - as long as it can be mailed. The postcard should be a standard size. <BR> <BR> Closing date = 30 May. <BR> <BR> Who´s in? <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 05:16:19 EST May swap: favourite quote This month - make an ATC with your favourite quote! Who´s in? I am for sure! C´mon ladies! <BR> <BR> * Leigh Tue, 1 May 2012 13:26:59 EST Suggestion box Put your thinking cap on and share those creative ideas - anything from what sorts of mailart we can swap for ideas on themes...... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:35:03 EST New team co-leader I am very happy to announce Paula (paulaautumn) will be co-leading the team- she is full of fabulous ideas and will keep us on our creative toes! Thanks Paula! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:33:39 EST April swap: Fruit & vegetables Thanks Paula for the great idea for this month. <BR> FRUIT AND VEGETABLES <BR> I´m (really) late posting - sorry - business taking up every waking moment. BUT - but we still have 2 who´s joining the swap this month? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:53:44 EST What is an ATC? Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art : 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:49:21 EST March swap: Mindfulness The theme for March is: Mindfulness <BR> <BR> If you´d like to join, the idea is to make an ATC and then swap it with someone. Just post here if you´d ike to take part. I´ll work out a list for swapping towards the end of the month (when hopefully there wil be some members) <BR> <BR> Any medium welcome. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:35:09 EST March swap: Positivity LOL - I may be doing this all alone, until someone joins...but the theme for March is: <BR> POSITIVITY <BR> <BR> If you´d like to join, the idea is to make an ATC and then swap it with someone. Just post here if you´d ike to take part. I´ll work out a list for swapping towards the end of the month (when hopefully there wil be some members) <BR> <BR> All mediums welcome. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:32:42 EST Do you have an art blog? My blog is: <link> </link> <BR> What´s yours? Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:27:38 EST Inspiring links This is a great FREE magazine, certain to inspire you! <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:18:51 EST Please introduce yourself Hi, my name´s Leigh. South African born, I'm now happily nurturing my creative spirit and love of colour on the Costa Brava, Catalonia (Spain) Mon, 5 Mar 2012 14:13:33 EST