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CC: Bit of Green pc Feb 2018 - US Only

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CC: Bit of Green pc Feb 2018 - US Only
Swap Coordinator:CurlyTea (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Handmade  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:4
Location:Regional - US ONLY
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 19, 2018
Date items must be sent by:February 28, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

I have been given approval to start a US Only version via @Angie

Create a collage for your partner that is only neutral colors with just a bit of green.

Neutrals means no colors only shades of brown. You may choose to depict neutral with black and white.

Many of us enjoyed Fi's color series that began back in autumn of 2014. Has it been that long? Yep.

With Fi's kind permission, I'm going to give the color series a reboot. This will serve as a refresher for some of us and an opportunity for others to get on board. Once we all get back up to speed, I hope Fi will be able to join us and lead us in more creatively inspired swaps in this color series.

Text mostly lifted from Fi's original swap ...

What do we think of when we think of green? Money. Inexperience. Paradise. Jealousy. Recycling. Gardening. And yet green is so much more than those things, for it is fundamental to the oxygen we breathe. Chlorophyll, the pigment responsible for the greenery that sustains us, is simply derived from the Greek words for green and leaf.

The cultural meanings of green are many—including Islam, little green men with special powers, Puck, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. If you want a book that's about green in our manifold cultures, I recommend Green: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau—it's well-translated from the French and well-illustrated, too.

The intention of this series of swaps is to explore the power of color used sparingly, with the greatest part of the collage being colors I am calling "neutrals." By "neutrals" I mean not just white, the infinite greys, and black, but also all the various shades of brown, which include cream and pale tan. This time you will create a collage with mostly neutrals and just a bit of green. Future swaps will be devoted to "A Bit of Blue," "A Bit of Purple," and so on.

So! Your challenge, this month, is to make one collage postcard of any size or shape with mostly neutrals and just a bit of green as the allowed colors. You may use any shade of green—grass, bright, olive, sage, and so on. This swap is "sender's choice," which is another way of saying, "don't look at your partner's profile." In fact, this whole series is about developing your own imagination as a collage artist, not about pleasing your partner. Think of it as a chance to expand your repertoire! You may, of course, add other media of all ilk to the PC, but collage should be the main medium. Mail it naked unless there are flimsy bits.


How much, exactly, is "a bit of green"? I've debated about naming a specific percentage—such as less than 5%, less than 10%, whatever. Instead, I've decided you should let yourself be guided by the examples I've provided below. Past that, it's up to you to decide what's "a bit."

Does the neutral portion have to include a shade of brown? Not at all. You may restrict yourself to black, white & grey in the neutrals, or even purely black & white with no shades of grey. You get to pick which neutrals you use. But if you can stay away from the very orange- or yellow-toned browns, and very blue- or green-toned greys, please do so. In other words, in your neutrals, lean toward undersaturated.

May I include a teensy bit of other color(s) than green? Yes you may, so long as the amount of the other color(s) is quite a bit less than the amount of green.

The focus of the art should be collage, but other media are welcome.

Creative Collage General Rules

The focus of the art should be collage, but feel free to use other media and techniques.

Postcards can be any size but no smaller than 4 x 6 inches. Apply proper postage depending on size and bulk.

This is sender's choice so you can begin now.

Create something wonderful.

Be sure to write the name of the swap and your swapbot name on your postcard so you can get rated.

Remember to rate! That's part of the fun of being at swapbot.

Thanks and have fun.

Some examples of mostly neutrals with a bit of green:

Have fun! I hope the examples will inspire you to try new and different things.

Image above from Mandy at Flickr

I hope you'll consider sharing a picture of your creation in the group's Creative Collage Flickr group. I enjoy seeing everyone's interpretation of these swaps and it's a way for us to continue to "mingle" after the swap ends.


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