Sunday, June 30, 2013

bearcat. catbear. anthropo-map.

Another entry for the Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!

This one is from a science-loving friend.

She writes that the Bearcat is a new hybrid pet created at her research facility.
The Bearcat is small, yet fierce - just like their lead scientist!

(Is this the animal version of you? Did you ever read "The Golden Compass"? The Bearcat would totally be your daemon.)

I replied with what I claimed to be an earlier, if more apathetic version of the bearcat.

See? Easy as pie. Mail a silly card, and ye shall receive a silly card.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

anthropo map numero deux - owl butt

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!

A postcard from my very own sister graced my mailbox this week.

The caption on the back reads "Yup. These pants definitely make my butt look big. Hoot-hoot."

It's okay, owl-chica.  I've been having the same problem. Only once I realized that all my pants made my butt look big, I had to admit that my butt was just big.  Sometimes the truth hurts, and sometimes it's a bit ...  cushioned.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

anthropoMAP - the first reply!

Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project!!!!!

So, in my last post, I introduced my latest obsession
 (it's actually a mail art project that you can participate in!)

And here, you can see the very first reply I have received by mail!

I think it's done in ballpoint pen.
The caption on the back,
which can be as integral a part of the piece as the drawn part,
 reads "Being a plumber was starting to get depressing."

Great job, dude. Seriously. I love it.
I'm sorry to say that I can't link you anywhere on his behalf, because he doesn't exist on the internet and wants to keep it that way.  And that's fine by me.

I really think the armpit hair (and chest hair) pull it together in its own full hilarity.

I happened to show it to an acquaintance, mostly because I was super stoked about it, and he was quite puzzled about the whole thing.  "Is this supposed to be you?" He asked it with genuine confusion.
Honestly, I don't know why he thought that.  I don't hang out, shirtless, under the kitchen sink.
Not usually, anyway.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Anthropomorphic mail art project: an interactive postcard exchange

Recently, I submitted these four postcards to the Mail Me Some Art orange postcard swap.

But I didn't want to stop.

So today I am making an announcement!
I am starting a mail art project of my own.  
It is interactive, and you are welcome to join.

Here's how it works:
You say "Wow, that's super cool.  I want to do that!"
Then, e-mail me your mailing address.
chewytulip (at) gmail (dot) com
Tell me if you want a specific animal card to work on, or if you'd rather have a surprise.

Then I mail you a card, like the ones shown above.

Your animal choices are
dog (not pictured...yet!)

When you receive your card, you can add your artwork to it any way you'd like.
The ink I use is waterproof, so fret not!
You could use
ballpoint pen, crayon, water soluble colored pencils, markers, paper collage, highlighters, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, or whatever sticks to paper!

When you're done (and it's dry)
just stick a 33 cent post card stamp on it
and send it back to me!

(If you're outside the US, you can still participate, but I can't tell you how much it'll cost to mail back to me.)

When it arrives, I'll photograph it and feature it right here, on my blog.  If you want me to link your work anywhere in particular (your etsy shop, your own blog, your online portfolio, your myspace - ha! just kidding! myspace is a ghost town!) include the link in your e-mail to me.

What do you get out of it? 
Fame. An art prompt. A special excuse to take five minutes out of your day and make a visual statement.  Probably a fair amount of enjoyment - when I make these, I have a case of the crazy giggles during the whole process.
And, oh yeah, you get a silly art card made by me.
 That makes it a real exchange.

What's the point?
I aim to promote silliness. And art. And mail.

                                                 Anthropomorphic Mail Art Project, hurrah!
                                                            Let the silliness commence.

Monday, June 17, 2013

bees ask too many questions

always getting up in my buzzzzzzness...

Sorry for the blur, but this was on the back of an order & so I couldn't wait for better light to appear on that cloudy day.

Also, I will not apologize for terrible jokes.  You chose to read it, and now it becomes glued to the inside of your brain, a little bit like a nightmare..but less graphic. 

Which question is your favorite?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

banana rainbow great mail day...incoming mail

... compliments of one very special Ann-Marie

 There was a rainbow pop of fun waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs.

It's so gigantic that it doesn't fit in my tiny mailbox.  :)

The back side features a life-size hand sticker that Ann-Marie made.

I really have to remember to ask her about that pink marker she uses. 
That marker is all like "HELLO! I am PINK, no matter where you put me, even on top of other colors like blue which would normally change my hue!"

And this TAPE! I very much enjoy all manners of silliness involving bananas.

I actually have another story involving a banana, but I'll get to it another day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

this present has been given

So don't get too excited about it.

I mostly just wanted to show off some cool stuff I did.

It was my aunt's birthday back in April, so I made a notebook for her.
I printed the cover with hand carved blocks.
Transforming a pile of paper and some ink into a pretty/useful object always feels good.

Then I wrapped it.  But by now, you might have figured out I don't do things like everyone else does.

I painted the paper, punched some holes, wove the thread though, and tied the gift tag on with a bow.
I should mention that the gift tag is a small piece of a large painting I did, once upon a time. 
That's some serious commitment to upcycling -
"What is that? Art? USELESS. Let us make gift tags out of it, instead."

Okay, I will admit that I also made some postcards out of that same painting.
Eventually, I'll send pieces of it all over the world.
That's the plan, anyway.
We'll see what really happens.