Do you want to see what was in yesterday’s mail that made my heart skip with glee? 😃
“Wishing You…,”–Handmade art by Ellen
I know this looks like a Christmas card and for some the holiday is “over and done,” but this isn’t a Christmas card. This is a joy to the world card. To-maa-to, to-mah-to. 😉 No matter. I love the holiday season; in fact, I am still in the process of mailing my last few greetings. [My rule–I have up to one month after the holiday to send cards.] 🙂
This piece of art was sent to me as part of heART Exchange, the Global Art Swap, coordinated by artist Louise Gale. Similar to other art swaps I’ve participated in, Louise inspires artists, collects and coordinates participants’ information, and assigns partners. For the heART exchange, participates create art based on the assigned theme and send to three partners; they also receive art from three different partners.
Louise started the swap in 2011 because:
Giving and receiving is the constant flow of energy for our heart and what better way than to create, send and receive something beautiful and hand-made through your letter box. I would love to inspire you to live and create from the heart everyday, so it is so wonderful to host and take part in this global art swap.
The theme of the December exchange was “Joy to the World.” “Wishing you” is the first postcard I’ve received from an assigned partner and I’m looking forward to the others showing up in my mailbox (fingers crossed). The postcard made its way to me from the Netherlands with warm greetings from Ellen. The scan does little justice to the cheerful creation which has lots of texture and silver and gold touches. You can see more of (and perhaps purchase) Ellen’s work by visiting her website.
My postcard pal Christine–who introduced me to the swap–sent a bit of joy my way as well:
“Joy for the Anemones,” Photo by Christine B.
If you’re interested, the next Global Art Swap starts in February, so click the link and join the fun!
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of creating and sending art into the world, Liberate Your Art 2017 signup is open, so take a click over to Kat Eye Studio and join in!