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    "Mixed Media Voluptuous Volkswagens & Beautiful Beetles" due May 21st

    Swap Due Date - May 21st
    Sign up/withdrawal date - none, just let me know if you need to withdraw…communication is the key!
    Number of Items - 3:3

    Number of participants - unlimited

    “Mixed Media Voluptuous VolksWagens and Beautiful Beetles Swap”





    I’ve so thoroughly enjoyed the template swaps I’ve been involved in i.e. Malicious Fish and Easy Ornaments that I’ve been itching to join the party and present my very own slant on this type of mail art project. Being a child of the ‘60’s has compelled me to return to my roots and drum up fantasies of fanciful VW Bugs. I have such fond memories of my youth, tooling around in my white ’64 VW bug. I think you’ll agree that the possibilities are endless. amyfaerie and grrrdjules have so generously given me permission to use the instructions lifted from there awesome Bird and Malicious mail art swaps for my mail art endeavor. Is that cool or what? I thank you Jules and Amy for your benevolence!

    As you know, these make wonderful garlands and mobiles . . . or individual ornaments. They are delightful works of art that can be displayed, admired and shared to your little heart’s content.

    Do read EVERY guideline and suggestion before signing up for this swap.

    The VW template is made by me and when it's printed and cut out, the VW should be around 7.5 inches long and 3.5 inches high.

    Players should keep the following things in mind:

    * VW’s should follow the attached template as close as possible. Do not punch holes in the sides, as we'll leave it up to each artist to hang his/her VW when he/she receives their returns.
    * Please send the same amount of postage your package takes to get to me. * These VW’s should be MIXED MEDIA and demonstrate a variety of techniques. VW’s should NOT look like scrapbook pages, nor should scrapbook elements (beyond printed papers) be used in the creation of the VW. Please do not use stickers and chipboard designs on your bugs. I would like this swap to feature artwork and not craft type pieces. Think papers, paint, stamps, collage, drawing, embellishing, etc
    * Layers, layers, and layers! The more elements and techniques used the better! However, if the bug displays your awesome drawing skills using more than one medium....you qualify!
    * Please do your best work and show your talents. Only submit work you would enjoy receiving in return. Please don’t wait until the last minute and rush your bugs. No slapping together just to finish. There is no harm in withdrawing if you are running behind.
    * Create your VW on a sturdy substrate. Make sure that the substrate is thick enough to stay stiff and flat if hung from a garland. Simple cardstock is not thick enough.
    * Finish the backs of your artwork, even if it's just minimally (nice paper, or a paint wash, etc.) Include your name and user ID on the back of the VW plus any other info you want to share.
    * I swap quality for quality. If an artist makes a bug that is slapdash, poorly constructed, sloppily executed, off theme, or that do not have comparable art in this swap, it can create problems for me when swapping. I reserve the right to contact the artist to make arrangements for re-doing or returning sub-par art.
    * No assembly line or close copies--each VW should be unique and different.
    * Do make sure that you only use the template provided. You may embellish on top and around the edges however.
    * Please mail on time. If you do not communicate and do not send your VW’s you will receive neutral itrader.
    * If your VW has danglies etc. please place your bug in a baggie or a folded piece of paper - no taping!
    * Remember to send adequate postage AND a clearly-printed, accurate large return address label. I will do my best to reuse envelopes that are sent to me--players do NOT have to supply a return envelope.
    * Just so everyone knows...Don't worry about which direction your vdubs are headed. I don't think anyone will mind which way they are going!


    ***VERY IMPORTANT***
    It would be helpful if you included TWO small return name and address labels – but if not no worries. I will cover the international players but this one can get a little pricey so postage would really help.
    There's a template attached here as well as a sample VW to give you a few ideas! Now, who is up for a blast from the past? (I don’t count the modern Beetles…just not the same) Calling all drivers!

    Click on the thumbnail below to print out the template and print it out in a landscape orientation. Rightclick on the template in the window and click print actual size. Hope that works! It worked for me.

    Tell you what everyone, if this is giving you fits and you can't seem to get the template to print to the right size, I will send one to you in the mail. Just pm me and I'll help you out. I had no idea it could be complicated but I'm willing to help rectify this situation as I am hearing back from some that the printouts aren't actual size. I received this tip from ICraft:

    I clicked on the middle VW bug pic and it opened the attachment, then I pressed Ctrl and P on the keyboard and it printed in just the correct size. Good luck to others with the printing I know I've had trouble in other swaps with it not printing the correct size so I guess it's just an ongoing issue we all have to work through - I think I just got super lucky today.

    Remember, the template should be about 7.5" by 3.5".




    Our drivers:
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    Awesome, that is a great template and I am the first one to sign up...yippee!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaleidescopeI's View Post
    Awesome, that is a great template and I am the first one to sign up...yippee!!
    KaleiscopeI's you are so in and I'm thrilled to have you. Hope we can snag some more "drivers" today!
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    Dudette,
    I'm in! We had a dusty aqua '63 for thirty years and I just bought new towels because they were the same color as our old Bug.
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    I'm terrible with these mixed media projects, but i love to watch the art that's created. I'm officially lurking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzie View Post
    Dudette,
    I'm in! We had a dusty aqua '63 for thirty years and I just bought new towels because they were the same color as our old Bug.
    Awesome! I would have had mine longer but it kept getting stolen! Thanks for joining.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karlz View Post
    Love it.. wont join up just yet but if i get my other things done I just might
    Here's hoping you can fit it in Karlz!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TF Balding View Post
    I'm terrible with these mixed media projects, but i love to watch the art that's created. I'm officially lurking!
    Hey there TF. Just use two types of drawing and painting media and you meet the criteria!
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    Please add me. I like old bugs, too. You're right the new ones just aren't the same. Mine was black and I was the second owner. It did have a little hole in the floorboard and you could actually see the street.
    I tried the link to a template and it didn't work. Its late here....10:30 almost...but I am well-rested and staying up some. Ican';t believe it but last Friday I broke a rib. Lots of sleep with my pain meds and lots of short term projects.

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    Thanks for the invite..........I printed the template but mine measures out to about 6 x 2 1/2......not the right size I'll be thinking about this swap......
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    offically lurking...sounds like fun!

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    I'm enjoying these template swaps too! I'm going to hang out for now since it's unlimited and I have two projects I want to get finished before I jump into anything else. Can't wait to see what everyone does!

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    How cool is this? I never owed a bug but I did have a VW bus. Does that count as the proper vehicle to drive down memory lane?

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    I love buggies!!! I want to try this, so please sign me up!

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    My first car was a red '68 VW bug. I loved it! Having some issues opening the template, though. Do you have it in another format? In the process of selling my house, so I'm not ready to commit just yet. Thanks so much for including me in your invites!

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    I remember my first ride in a VW-1963!!! Please sign me up for this fun swap. Thanks

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    Oh, poo! I was trying not to sign up for any more swaps, but this one is irresistable! And, so far, I've only swapped atcs, so this will be fun to do a litttle bit bigger art. So, I'm in, Bonnie!

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    Hi everyone! So glad to see the interest building. Welcome to Kris10satcs, Maineatc, Phoenix, Heidi 2323, bluelotusflower and Nancy L!

    I changed the instructions on how to print the template so let me know if it works using the thumbnail image.

    Official lurkers Charlie Brown, NotinKansas, sallyannart and Monarch...happy to have you spying on us as well.

    I'm going to love hearing the stories of our dear nostalgic rides!
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    Quote Originally Posted by monarch View Post
    Thanks for the invite..........I printed the template but mine measures out to about 6 x 2......not the right size I'll be thinking about this swap......
    I haven't tried to print this out yet, but I know when I printed out the fish template for the fish swap it was too big so after I measured it....I think it was 10 inches...I reduced it by 20% and it was perfect. I will have to see what happens with this one. You may have to go into the advance printing options and see if it will allow you to increase the size or if I figure it out I would be happy to mail it to you since I have your addy. I will let you know what comes of it.

    Bonnie you are getting great interest in this one. My boss has a red bug and an orange bus. He drives them mainly during the summer months. I just love the way the old ones sound too...no other vehicle sounds like that. I wish I would have had one....I thought about it years ago when I came upon one for sale, but just didn't have the dough.
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