September’s Mail Art Swap was to make a Mini Art Journal. It was so much fun, you start with a piece of good quality art paper any size, then paint it. You then fold it into eight.
I used collage pieces on the page above and a scrap of paper from an old Danish book sent to me in a previous swap.
The little green hearts were also sent to me from a previous swap.
I used a pretty flower cut out from a magazine.
When the journal is complete you have two slots at the top and two on the side. I made these tags to put in the slots.
Two of the tags I cut out from old tissue boxes, there are so many lovely designs.
Here is the link for the Art Swap and video tutorials: jenniebellie
Augusts Art Swap was to make paper beads. We could choose how many swaps, each swap being 20 beads. I have never made beads before and it was relativity easy.
I randomly hand painted some A4 sheets of paper, painting the opposite way to how the beads are rolled (Photos No. 1 – 3). I also made some from magazine pages (Photo No. 4). I played around making different shapes and decorated some with colourful threads and paua shells.
These beads can used in art journaling or to decorate gift tags.
If you want to learn how to make these beads the link is here.
Whilst we were staying at Lauiula Beach Fales, Lano Beach the young man who worked on the fales invited us to watch him cook some traditional Samoan food. He made a dish called Palusami which is taro, coconut cream and onion wrapped in taro leaves. He prepared the fire first named a Umu using coconut shells, then adding stones. When they were hot enough he added the Palusami which took about 40mins.
While the food was cooking he gave a demonstration on how to extract the milk from a coconut, using a handmade coconut grating stool.
He invited us to church on Sunday, my sons werent that keen so I went on my own. Each village has its own church and there seemed to be a church on every corner. They are usually painted in bright colours and families dress up for the service. I was invited into the pastor’s house which was behind the church and his wife made me a coffee. We then went to the church service, which was all in Samoan. There was music and singing which was beautiful.
You can read more on Samoan Culture and Traditions here
Below is a few pics of my three sons:
A guest post from my oldest son Gareth Jew:
At the end of this year two friends and I from humble New Zealand will be attempting the Rickshaw Run, a 2,500km trip across India from Kochi to Jaisalmer in a seven horse power three-wheeled rickshaw. Starting 1st January 2017 over seventy different teams will be joining us, and it all happens to raise money for charity! This is organised by ‘The Adventurist’s.
One of the biggest challenges we will encounter will be the vehicles themselves. The rickshaw has the same top speed as your average ride-on lawnmower, tends to fall over if you go around corners too fast, and breaks down constantly, and that is all if we can manage to get the thing started.
We do however get to decorate our beast of a vehicle as we see fit, which makes for a colorful race as each team will be doing the same. We have decided to go with the theme of a cricket playing duck, nicknamed Ducky Bollinger, to try to attract favour with the fanatical cricket fans of India. To commit to the theme, we have decided that despite the extreme equatorial heat, we will start the race in our recently acquired duck ‘onesies’, and challenge local kids to some backyard cricket throughout the trip.
Embarking on this mad mission without an honourable motive would seem a waste, so of course, this will all be in an attempt to raise money for charity. We have selected the Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust to benefit from our efforts, a cause which is close to our teams heart.
You can find more information on our journey and follow along at:
July’s Art Swap was to make three tags for an art journal, the theme being ‘Rainbow’. I recycled some tags that are usually pinned to new clothes. I painted and collaged both sides and added a few beads and stamps.
One morning I opened my back door and there was a parcel sitting on the doorstep. My swap partner Tiana from Texas completely spoilt me and sent me lots of goodies beside tags – a texas badge, a card, packet of Lupin seeds and 2 packets of peanut brittle. I felt like it was my birthday and she was so generous.
I enjoy receiving Mail Art, no-one seems to write letters these days. It makes a pleasant change to receive some art work in my letterbox instead of junk mail and bills.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge Repurpose
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