Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Mail art call!

Hey guys and gals, here is another mail art call that I am passing along!
I did this call last year and they document your work online from the show. :)

Art Project 2008

mail art call

Artists / mail artists / anyone from around the world are invited to send mail art on any theme.

You can send up to 8 artworks, on paper or canvas, sized A4 (21 x 30 cm) or A3 (31 x 42 cm). There is no participation fee. ORIGINAL art works only. NO photocopy or computer prints. We have frames ready for those sizes. Every artwork of those sizes will receive a certificate of appreciation from MoSA to acknowledge your mail art is in our permanent collection.

All work received will be exhibited in Tuanku Nur Zahirah Art Gallery (Royal Art Gallery) , MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA.

Documentation to all.

no jury, no return

postal/mail delivery only. *


Please visit Art Project 2006

Deadline: July
15, 2008

Please send your mail art to:-

(Curator Mail Art Project 2008)
Faculty of
Art & Design
MARA University
of Technology
40450 Shah Alam


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Anyone who is a member of, the collage-a-thon is taking place this weekend!

It starts Friday, March 14th at 5:00 and runs till Sunday!

So make some collaged ATCs this weekend in honor, and then trade them away at Atcs for all! :)

I will be hopefully posting some of mine on Monday.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

my favorite glues

that's right, I'm writing a blog about some of my favorite glues to use with paper!

In no particular order:

Yes! Paste- comes in a jar, you spread it out with a brush onto what you are gluing. Works great for pasting things flat. I'm pretty sure its archival and acid free.

Elmer's Craft Bond- clear glue, dries clear. Sets what you are gluing in place pretty fast. I've been through bottles of this!

Scotch permanent glue sticks- acid free, spreads well. If you get it on the table (or other surface you are working on) it cleans up easily.

Liquitex (Gloss or Matte) medium - I prefer this to mod podge. I think for the extra couple of dollars it's worth it. The smell is less harsh and it's great for sealing things as well as pasting things flat (just be careful of wrinkles).
-Although, Mod podge is good for sealing things as well!

Sobo glue- a thicker bottled glue, comes out white but dries clear. Great for use with matboard and gluing fabric. It is also good with paper so long as you spread the glue out.

Rubber cement- I like it. However, it's not archival or acid free. You have to use it in a well ventilated area. The upside is you can get a pick up eraser to remove it once it has dried and a solvent to make it a little more usable.

Glues I don't have any luck with:
-the double stick tape pens, I've broken two and I can't figure out how to use them correctly. However, maybe it's just me.
-Liquid glue sticks, I normally just make a mess.

if anyone has anymore glue recommendations just let me know!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

my new challenge

I've recently decided that I need to challenge myself to at least make something everyday.
On the weekends, I sometimes slack and my creativity gets put aside when I get frustrated with the various art projects I work on for school. I decided I need something to keep my hands and thoughts moving.

I am proposing to make a daily collage or painting everyday.

I have made some rules which i hopefully will follow:
-Collage/Painting size maximum size with be 8x10 inches, minimum 2.5 x 3.5 inches
-not every work needs to be scanned and displayed (however I will try to scan most)
-there must be three elements in each piece (three different colors, pieces, shapes, etc)
-the works can be traded and given away
-media is free, no limits there!
-I will try to post images here and your feedback is welcome

so join me on my new adventure!
I made my first daily work today, it 3.5 x3.5 inches and is composed of various magazine clippings. Will scan it later. :)