Saturday, January 26, 2013

Artist's Play Room #42

Last week was all about BRIGHT COLOUR and since I've started this week writing many APR's, I can tell you that colour will play a significant roll throughout this year of Artist's Play Rooms. I found that the most popular themes last year involved COLOR. Whether it was monochromatic, pick your favourite or make art using..., the themes that used colour had the most participation. That's not actually so surprising, since being artists, we're all about colour!! I  intend to liberally sprinkle color themes throughout this year so we can all get excited about that.

It really boosted my mood to see all the wonderful bright submissions this week and I finally got back into the swing of things and made some art of my own too, YAY!! I got my mojo back when a belated Christmas gift finally arrived on my doorstep, TWINKS!! Oh those shimmery pots of watercolor goodness from Luminarte, I'm so in love!! I  now have twenty six of the more than one hundred colours. It's a good start!! Oh, and by the way, speaking of Luminarte, there's an article in the current issue of FEATURING interviewing the inventor and owner of Luminarte products, Leslie Ohnstad. I had a great time writing the article and getting to know Leslie. Pick up a current copy of FEATURING here, you won't be sorry.

Now, here's your awesome art this week...
Mary WalkerBellalulloCatherine
If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

Are you having trouble using the Mr. Linky to add your submissions to APR? Well here's some help! Just click on HELP and you'll be taken to my Linky Help Page. Cool, huh? I've got your back!

Week four of 2013 brings another fun theme for my Artist's Play Room. I thought we could do MAIL ART!! This is coordinating with FEATURING magazine who has a call out for mail art. We're doing an article about that very subject and Marit, our editor-in-chief has asked our enthusiastic readers who'd like to participate to send their mail art into the magazine for possible inclusion in the article scheduled to be in the next issue of the magazine, issue 4.

** I will be writing a separate blog post in the upcoming week to give more details but I thought this theme could help get us started. **

Now, as you all know about me, I hate to be hemmed in. If you don't DO mail art then how about anything to do with it. Draw your pens, do a study of your desk, make a painting about the junk mail that you received today, lol. Whatever mail and art means to you, go with it. Here are several examples to help you ruminate on this week's theme.

Traditional Mail ArtMy take on having mailIt starts with a pen...
Snail MailSend me a letter...Made from Junk Mail
Can't wait to see what you all come up with. I have a sneaking suspicion that there's gonna be some real "thinking out of the box" kind of stuff this week and you know how I LOVE that. hehehe.

Thank you to all of you who have been asking about how I'm feeling. I'm on the mend, definitely feeling muuuch perkier this week. I'm still getting a few headaches but then that's what Tylenol is for!!

Talk soon?? I've got the hazelnut coffee, YOU bring the cookies!! ;o)

I'll be back this week with other goodies, definitely at least a post explaining the call for mail art from FEATURING so stay tuned!!
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  1. Thanks for using this as your theme. It fits right in with our swap at Artists in Blogland. Great idea tying it in with Featuring magazine too!

  2. I think I know how to add a link in my post to A.P.R., but don't know how to display your button in my sidebar. I'm not very good at this technical stuff, and no-one to ask, so would appreciate help.
    Jez Eden

    This is the first Artists group like this I have been able to find,(as compared with stamping and stencilling) and hope that I will be able to take part.


  3. I'm hoping I have done this correctly Jenn - the bold colours really brightened up my day.

  4. said to think laterally Jenn,
    I know the old fashioned post is known as 'snail mail' and although I've not drawn a snail...I've got a shell creature after all!
    I keep going to say my nephew has crabs but that doesn't sound good...but he has (stop sniggering...I can hear you) He has a beautiful fish tank ~ his latest distraction and it was his birthday, so I drew him a card...hence 'Hermit the Crab'
    He's in the UK so Hermit had to fly half way across the globe to wish him Happy Birthday!
    Okay so maybe for the next challenge I won't think quite so laterally!!! I'm worn out now never mind you listening to me ;D
    And there you were feeling better...sorry if I've tipped you over the edge again! :D

  5. I had the hardest decision deciding what to do for this challenge. There's so many choices and so little time. Blessings!

  6. I thought I had linked up correctly this time, but I see that instead of my mail art card I have somehow inserted my thumb nail sketch.
    I shall have to find myself a 10-year-old toy boy to adopt so he can sort out how I should do these things. Sorry to mess it up again. Jez

  7. This week's prompt is sure to bring a smorgasbord of wonderful art and a celebration of snail mail.. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL! May it never die:-)

  8. I have a framed Percy Kelly mail art picture.
    Cumbrian artist Percy would paint a picture then write a letter on top of it. He did this with the envelope to before sending them out to friends and family. There some nice books about his life and work.

  9. Hi Jenn, I had hoped to get another piece of artwork done especially for this challenge, but alas! So the picture I am showing you is my first International Artist Trading Card Exchange that I did in July. I have all my ATC's lumped together, so you will have to scroll down to "Looking From The Hilltop" I traded it with a woman in Canada.


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