Friday, April 22, 2011

Join me in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap


What happens when you create your art? Does it make you happy? Do you find that you have an amazing boost of energy, of insight into life and self? Do you find that you feel centered and grounded, as if some piece of you has been completed for brief moment? I've discovered the act of creating, of making art of any kind, can have an amazing and transforming effect on me personally. I know I'm not alone.

Now, what happens when you share that art with world? You share a little bit of yourself, and add a little bit of beauty or joy or brightness into someone else's day. When you share your art, that wonderful energy you gained in the act of creation is not gone, it is magnified. You will see it reflected back to you in different, positive ways.

That's what the Liberate Your Art postcard swap is all about - sharing your art, liberating it out in the world, where it can do its greatest good. I'm so excited to officially launch this today and get the information to you, so you can get started on making your postcards! At the bottom of this post you can find a the sign up form to receive more details via email and a button to share on your site.

Here's an overview of the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap:

WHO: Artists in any medium. Photography, painting, poetry, typography, jewelry, sculpture, knitting, cooking, illustration - you name it. If you can have an image of your art printed on a postcard, you are in! If you want to share a blog or website address, I'll have a list of participants posted on the Liberate Your Art page so you can find each other.

WHAT: You will send 5 printed postcards of your original art to me, along with your address and return postage. I will then swap them around and you'll receive 5 postcards from different artists mailed back to you over a period of a few weeks. (The email you receive once you sign up will have all of the details on what to do.)

WHERE: You don't have to go anywhere, and participants from all over the world are welcome! You will send your postcards to me in the US (I'll be moved back by then) and I'll mail them back out from there. Details for international participants will be included in the email.

WHEN: The postcards will need to arrive at my US address between July 5 and July 15.

WHY: To liberate your art into the world, where it can do the most good!

I've set a personal, crazy-big goal for this swap - I would love to have 200 participants from all over the world. Can you imagine, 1000 postcards of wonderful art, winging their way around the world? I can! But I need your help. Please share about this swap on your blog, facebook page, tweet it and get your friends to sign up too. If we reach this goal, I am going to do something crazy too - send a personal post card to each and every person who participates. I get excited (and a little scared) just thinking about it!

The sign up form is below and can also be found on the Liberate Your Art page. Once you sign up, you will need to confirm your subscription to the list and you will receive the email with more details.

**sign up form removed, July 2011 swap closed**

You can also grab a button, to show your participation and help me get the word out about the swap!


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Today I'm also linking up the painting I did for the blog button to Kristin and Eva's Paint Party Friday. I started painting in acrylics shortly after moving here to Italy, but my passion for photography has taken over and I haven't painted in a while. Recently I emailed Kristin to ask her a question about one of her painting techniques and I shared a few of my paintings with her too. Since then, she's been encouraging me to paint again so I wanted to share this with her to say, "See Kristin! I listened to you!" Thanks so much for the encouragement, Kristin. I'm sure there will be more paintings to come.

36 comments:

  1. ooh, I love your bold use of color, here! This painting has a very happy energy around it!

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  2. Hi Kat - I Love your Postcard Swap Project! Maybe I can sign up after I finish up a few things around here. Beautiful Yellow Burst featured too:)

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  3. This is just beautiful. I love the bright color which reminds me of the sun. Postcard swap sounds like fun...maybe, if I have time. :-)

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  4. I love the intensity of this- and how it's recognizable as a flower yet it has abstract qualities as well- LOVE it!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  5. oh this looks like an abstract flower!!! wonderful work!!!! Happy Good Friday and Happy PPF!!!!

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  6. So excited about the post card swap! I have signed up and have shared it on my blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. oh I love your painting! It's wonderful.

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  8. What a fun idea, Kat! I am definitely in! Will add the button and spread the word. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Love the color, it's a great piece. Happy Easter and PPF!

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  10. gorgeous shades of golds and yellows! I do hope to see more of your beautiful paintings! Happy PPF!

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  11. Gosh -you're multi-talented! Have added your button and looking forward to instructions. Hopefully they'll include the postcard website you recommended when you first mentioned this project and which I've forgotten (not unusual for me!). Happy Easter and HAPPY EARTH DAY

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  12. Ooh, your flower is so warm and rich. It would make a fabulous post card! This sounds like an awesome project! Have a Happy Easter.

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  13. lovely bright cheerful piece.

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  14. What a gorgeous painting! I love the explosion of color. Beautifully done! :)

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  15. Yay Kat!!!! I hope this is just the beginning! Wheee!!! I'm so glad you joined the party :)

    Count me in! I love the postcard swap idea - I've signed up and put your button on my blog... Fun, fun, fun!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Kristin

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  16. I love color, and your piece is beautiful! You get to paint, photograph and live in Italy? You are one blessed chica!
    Thanks for sharing and say hello to my beloved Florence for me!

    Salute,
    Yoli

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  17. Beautiful sunburst of colour, so pleased to see you at PPF, look forward to seeing more. Happy Easter, Annette x

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  18. Great work, love your fiery flower, and the idea of the postcard action, so I'm signing up fot it! Good luck on getting your 200 participants! Valerie

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  19. Definitely joining the postcard swap - what a great idea!

    Love the painting, keep with it! Very warm colors.

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  20. Such a cool project! Best wishes on this adventure.

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  21. What a fun idea! Your painting is gorgeous!

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  22. OMG I just signed up. This is perfect timing. I just ordered the rest of my post cards for my postcard sets! YAY!!!!

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  23. Oh a happy flower.... sunshine and warmth....all the way from Italy; my home away from home. Luv your painting and your postcard project sounds like a blast . Wishing you all the best...


    A Happy Easter : )

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  24. Hello Kat! Wow..fantastic project you are creating..shine on..super-wonderful! I love this paitning..wonderfully luminous and healing..and very uplifting as well!
    Powerful...
    HUgs and Blessings for all you share and create
    victoria~

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  25. I signed up and gave you some publicity on my blog.

    Lisa
    http://inspiredbylisa.blogspot.com/2011/04/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap-check.html

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  26. The pc idea is wonderful! Your closeup is amazing...vibrant, rich in color, and can put anyone in a happy mood. I love it!

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  27. Beautiful and bright. Very well done, it will bring the sunshine to any room it is hung in.

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  28. How wonderful to have been inspired to get back to painting (and if there is anyone that will do it..it would be the gorgeous Kristin!) I LOVE this painting you have done..feels like I am stepping into a dandelion and being enveloped by all of its sumptous radiating colour ...looovely. Looking forward to seeing more :)

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  29. Beautiful! I love the intense color!

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  30. Super excited about the postcard exchange. Love, love your blog and art. Met you on Picture inspiration. Just launched a new web site! www.thestudio56.com

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  31. This sounds like a great idea and i'll be signing up to participate as i am really enjoying meeting so many different artists via ppf and other internet inspired collaborations! I love your sunburst flower painting as well! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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  32. What a fantastic idea!!! I am signing up immediately!!!

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  33. Hi Kat!

    Welcome to PPF! I'm thrilled to see you here! I didn't know you painted too.

    I love this very happy, very sunny piece! Gorgeous!

    Excellent idea!

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  34. It is going to be so much FUN!!! Now I just need to get a move on and get going on my postcards

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  35. what a cool idea. I have just signed up. Love joining in with things that liberate art in to the world :)

    Amelia.x

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  36. How gorgeous! I love your painting - so vibrant!

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