International Postcard Reveal

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Japonaiserie 2, originally uploaded by shindohd.

A week ago, I sent a postcard to my first international recipient. Yesterday, Sara Ringham, a “Yaussie” in New South Wales, confirmed that she got this creation of mine.

I’m glad to have made a new friend in the blogosphere.

Sara, it makes my day to hear that that the postcard made your day. Hang in there. Good luck on the job search.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Postcard Basics

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Postcard Basics, originally uploaded by shindohd.

I went to Blick’s in Little Italy and I picked up some postcard paper and glue sticks. I normally get the Strathmore Watercolor Postcards (4 x 6), but I could not find them where I found them last, a special section for artistic cards. Instead, I found Canson Watercolor Postcards (5 x 7) and decided to try them out. When looking for 100 lb paper to cut into 4 x 6 rectangles, I found the Stathmore cards in the drawing paper section.

Glue sticks always come in handy for collaging. I like to use purple UHU glue sticks because I can see the glue while it’s wet. I don’t like to use liquid qlue because it wrinkles paper. It’s stronger, but I work better with glue sticks.

Pencils are handy to have around for sketching, planning, etc.

Exacto knives are a collage artist’s best friend. I got exposed to them in design school, and scissors have never been adequate afterwards. The advantage of the Exacto knife is that you can hold it like a stylus. However, handle with care. I’ve gotten my fair share of nicks and cuts over the years.

Fixative is good for collages or chalk drawings (which I also like to do). I prefer a flat fixative, though glossy has its uses. Both of them have a way of ruining the original effect, but it’s minimal with the flat.

Gold marker is a staple for me largely due to having done the Gold Lady images over the years. It’s still great for putting the finishing touches on her image, but I also like using the pen for other effects.

I also picked up some tracing paper, which can add some interesting elements to the cards. I can make tracings or I can use tracing paper to temper some bright marker work among many things.

In general, I hate being in the art store. Oh, I really love it. What I hate is that there are so much art supplies I’d love to have, but so little cash. Prismacolor markers and pencils beckon me as do paints, brushes, inks, papers, and tools. It’s just a matter of determining what I need vs. what I want.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Barbeque Sauce… m-m-m!

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BBQpostcard, originally uploaded by robwilliamsdotorg.

I checked my PO box this afternoon and I received this wonderful card from Rob. It really made my day to get it. He’s also part of the Post Due collective, and we’ve both had a wonderful time making post cards. He’s the one who got me into it.

I think there’s room for Faye to be the Gold Lady. Most of her manifestations are the major divas, but there’s also room for Faye.

A few days ago, I received the very fun postcard from Chris Gregori, who was one of my partners assigned by the Swapbot. As for the other swap partner, I haven’t gotten a card from her. Ahem. I’m sure it will be fun.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Time of Disaster Is Never A Holiday

This week so far has been stressful. There are several major fires in San Diego that seem to have no end, the air is drier with ash flying everywhere (despite a deceptive air clarity), and knowing that people nearby are affected add to this stress.

However, life goes on, and I did several errands this morning. When I got my haircut this morning, the subject of the fires naturally came up when talking to the guy who cuts my hair. He and his partner put up his parents. When I called my friend Scott after my appointment, I was relieved to find that he and his family are OK. He put his mother, sister, brother in law, and nephew up in his University Heights condo. That will definitely be a crowded house for a while. He told me they’re all exploring the nearby restaurants.

I stopped by the post office at Horton Plaza around noon. My PO box is there, and I check it occasionally for Internet related snail mail. It is the same address I advertise for the postcard exchange and I also list it on my other website. I got one postcard today from Chris Gregori of Post Due:

Chicken w/ Gun

Since everyone in this swap has two partners, I look forward to seeing who else sends me one.

This weekend, I recieved my first international request for a postcard. I will mail this person a card in a few minutes. Someone else is getting a card, but more local. I will reveal cards and recipients sometime from now. The local one will be in give or take a day, while I’ll reveal the other when my international recipient gets it.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003


Links

Postcard Swap

I got my postcard swap partners this week from Post Due. I then sent the cards to them this afternoon. Now as promised…

I’m about to reveal my newest postcard swap partners! (audience goes into a frenzy)

Drumroll, please!

1! 2! 3! (crowd goes crazy)

(pointing to Rob) You get a postcard!

Touched By The Hand of the Gold Lady

(pointing to Darlyle from Colorado) You get a postcard!

Scap Collage

These cards only cost less than $1 each to make. Your wildest dreams have come true!

(I scream, fall on the ground, and kick up my feet).

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Postcard Swap

I got my postcard swap partners this week from Post Due. I then sent the cards to them this afternoon. Now as promised…

I’m about to reveal my newest postcard swap partners! (audience goes into a frenzy)

Drumroll, please!

1! 2! 3! (crowd goes crazy)

(pointing to Rob) You get a postcard!

Touched By The Hand of the Gold Lady

(pointing to Darlyle from Colorado) You get a postcard!

Scap Collage

These cards only cost less than $1 each to make. Your wildest dreams have come true!

(I scream, fall on the ground, and kick up my feet).

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Griffin and Sabine and some more

Griffin and Sabine

For anyone who likes artbooks or even literary work that integrates visuals, Nick Bantock‘s Griffin and Sabine is a must read. This brief epistolary novel consists of postcards and letters exchanged between the titular characters who create their own postcards. Griffin is a depressed artist living in London who one day receives a postcard from Sabine, who claims to have a special connection. As the story progresses, Griffin begins to feel intimate with his penpal, but isn’t sure if Sabine is a real person.

The emotional level of their correspondence is one layer of the story. The postcards exchanged is the main attraction, full of amazing visuals and symbols of Griffin’s mental and emotional state. Some of Sabine’s cards evoke the milieu of the South Sea Islands while some others are interpreted by Griffin as to mean what she represents to him.

There are two more books in this trilogy and three more after that. Read them for art, inspiration, or the love story by post.

I sent a few postcards yesterday.
I sent this one out to my former across the hall neighbor Darwin:

Vous etes magnifique!

Text: Vous etes magnifigue. Translation: You are magnificent.

This one goes out to Benji, the manager of the building where I used to live:

Japonaiserie 4

This one goes out to Warren in Downtown San Diego:

Gold Lotus

I scrawled the last line from Banana Yoshimoto’s NP for the one I sent to Brian Leung, whom I owe a letter:

Shockingly Beautiful, Enough To Make You Crazy

Here is the one I sent to Ted, Rob’s partner. Rob, if you’re reading up on this for the first time, is a fellow adjunct college teacher and the one who got me into this post card exchange.

This is not a postcard

I got some swap partners from Post Due. I’ll announce them tomorrow, perhaps with a Tyra style “Drumroll, please!” Then I’ll fall on the ground, kick my feet, and scream.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

It’s A Rainy Day Here in San Diego

Wash

Finally! Day after day, month after month of dryness (we had one of our hottest and most arid summers this year!), it rains this morning. It’s a welcome change, but there’s no way I’m going anywhere (for the next hour or so, at least). San Diegans don’t know how to drive in the rain, especially right after it first starts.

As usual, the school week is exhausting. Part of what keeps me going is that I’m employed. I do like meeting new students and teaching them new things, though I can’t say that for all of them. There are some I will be glad that I’ll never have to deal with once the semester is over. I’ll remain vague on that right now. To get back to the positive, it is always nice when students in the lower level classes ask me if I’m teaching the next level course the following semester.

In the midst of commuting to the various schools, teaching, preparing, and grading papers (which seems to never end!), I have to find some ways to stay sane. I’m at a place where I want to do creative activities more and more, such as art and fiction writing. Also, taking more time to read what’s not on the curriculum helps foster that creativity. It’s so easy to put these things on the backburner, but I feel I’ll certainly be a better teacher for it if I make the time for myself.

In my spare time, I’ve gotten prolific on the postcards. As I mentioned earlier this week, I joined the Post Due Collective, and I’ve had fun doodling and making collages. I also got a postcard from Chris Gregori, who coordinates Post Due, and it’s really cool!
I also sent out some postcards. I sent this one to illustrator of the interesting postcard above:

To search is an obsession

I sent this one to Rob. I hope he likes the Gold Lady.

Gold Lady Post Card

This one went to Brandi, my friend from grad school who’s familiar with the Gold Lady:

Gold Lady 2

And this one goes out to Jack in Oceanside:

Japonaiserie 3

I hope you all enjoy these cards as much I have making them.

There’s a postcard swap coming up soon in the Post Due Collective. When I get the card from my swap partner, I’ll post it here. I’ll also post the one I send out to him or her.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Post Due Dot Com

To search is an obsession

This week, I joined Post Due‘s postcard swap thanks to Rob Williams (not to be confused with the famously cheeky Robbie). I saw his mention of the site, was intrigued, and decided to join. The idea is to create your own postcards and exchange art and creativity through the mail. Collages, drawings, or photography are among the media you can use to. Gift shop cards and the kind you can get for free from the bar don’t count. However, they would be fun to tweak. Several years ago, I received an altered postcard from a friend which was a beefcake photo from the 1950’s with some words written along the body and some stickers added. Something along those lines or graffiti sounds like a fun option.

I came across Top Model alumna Elyse Sewell‘s blog and she mentions a post card club. She doesn’t say if it’s Post Due, but it was the second mention I’ve seen of swapping artistic cards this week. She gives a temporary PO Box in her entry, so make a postcard and send it to her.

The image above is one of my first creations simply using pastels. I also made an image of the Gold Lady, which I haven’t done in a long time. Who knows? I might just start working on Resplendence again.

Gold Lady Post Card

I’ve also done a few collages. This one uses silk origami paper and Japanese newsprint.

Japonaiserie 3

I’ve created more than that. For more images, check them out on Flickr.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003