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**
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.