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mpu: blindfolded mail art

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Swap Coordinator:oblivionspin (contact)
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Number of people in swap:3
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:June 11, 2016
Date items must be sent by:June 25, 2016
Number of swap partners:1

I have run an ATC version of this swap as a public swap several times before, and the results have always been hilarious and a lot of fun.
I am opening this up to mail art beyond ATC's this time so an envelope, altered tag, postcard, ATC, etc would all be fine. (: Your "product" will henceforth be referred to as "ART" for the purpose of this swap description.

You will make one ART for one partner.

Your ART can be done in any medium you are comfortable with and should include a background, a middle ground (or focus) and some sort of accent.

For example, I might do a water colour wash first. Then try to draw some cute kittens in the middle in ink pen. Then maybe I’ll bust out a gel pen and draw a bow on the kitten. Or, you could collage a background, stamp a middle ground, add a brad embellishment. The possibilities are really endless.

The subject matter etc of the ART is sender’s choice.

And did I mention, you must make your ART while BLINDFOLDED. There are a few ways you could go about this. If you are a master of dexterity, you can use a precut "canvas" and go straight to work blindfolded. If you are human like the rest of us, you can start with a bigger piece of paper, go crazy, then cut it down to desired size somewhere in between things (yes, you can take off your blindfold to cut your ART to size, I’m not a monster.)

A few tips for success
-anticipate a mess. -Do not drink tea/coffee/anything while doing this. especially if you are using paint...
-Have the supplies you want handy. If you keep a cluttered desk I would advise working at the kitchen table or anywhere you can control what’s around you, it makes it a lot easier.
-Your product will look ridiculous. Do not be ashamed of this.

Make sure your ART is sturdy enough to mail. You may apply extra glue/tape/sticky stuff to the piece with your blindfold off if needed. Don't send flimsy work.


apurplerat 06/ 4/2016 #

This sounds hilarious and fun. As far as the blindfold goes, can we pick out the elements we are going to use before being blindfolded? Like, if I was going to paint a background, could I pick out the colors prior to painting blindfolded? hehe

Also, should the piece be sent naked?


oblivionspin 06/ 4/2016 #

Yes, you can set out your elements beforehand. I actually encourage it so that you don't end up ruining extra supplies you aren't going to use for this project. If you are using paints, it is also ok to squeeze your paint out with your blindfold off.
I have done and hosted these several times and no matter how much you prep beforehand it will still turn out pleasantly absurd!

Regarding nudity: if you choose to make a postcard or similar you can mail it naked. I am not going to require it though since people making ATC's or Tags don't have to send theirs naked, obviously.
I would suggest using a clear envelope/ altered ziploc bag type deal to protect any work you would really like to send naked since blindfolds don't help structural integrity.
(so, up to you, just make sure it will make it through the digestive tract of the post monster in one piece.)

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