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Liberate Your Art Blog Hop 2018


L.Y.A. 2018 Postcards. SMD

L.Y.A. 2018 Postcards. SMD


No! No! Say it isn’t so! The 2018 Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap can’t be over! Well, it isn’t really. The official swap has concluded, but NOW the side swapping begins. Well, truth be told some of the artists sent out their sides a month ago. Yes, YOU know WHO your are 🙂

This is my 8th LYA event. If you would like to see Kat’s videos from previous years, click the Liberate Your Art link under the gallery tab at the top of this page. I am pretty sure I forgot to post my cards in the LYA Facebook group. Only did two this year. A couple of my favorites from the 30 in 30 challenge.

Here are this year’s stats, from Kat:

804 pieces of art liberated
134 artists
10 countries
31 US states

Way to go Kat!
High five LYA artists!


My first arrival came from Sue Brinner in Springfield VA. You know, it actually has a few chunks missing, but I didn’t even notice. I guess love is in the eye of the beholder. Her photo features Chihuly glass on display at the New York Botanical Gardens. I LOVE his work. Aren’t these beautiful?


LYA #1 Sue Brinner


Karen Koch’s card came next. Karen is in Hudson Ohio and you can find her at I love map art. If you do as well, check out my Pinterest board. I also have a board on postcards, naturally. Nature and nostalgia inspire Karen. She uses modern and vintage paper, book pages, paint, and thread to create her awesome art. Her work is rich in texture and meaning. Karen’s message:

Believe in  your creativity!
Let it shine!

So glad you followed your own advice Karen, and joined in the swap!


LYA #2 Karen Koch


The next two postcards arrived on the same day.


“Serene Poppies” by Fran Stamper, and “Angel Of Courage” by Cathy Clement.


Fran Stamper lives in Little River South Carolina. Her poppies are alcohol inks. I love the loose,  simplified forms! Gorgeous! Fran’s Message:

An artist has to be a little like Lewis & Clark,
Always exploring in new, uncharted directions.
C.W. Mundy


Cathy Clement’s greeting came from the beautiful icy shores of Lake Superior. The message around the angel, “Step into the light and trust, trust, trust.” How wonderful is that!

On the back:

An angel told me you want to Liberate Your Art!
Today… Liberate your inner awesome!



LYA #5 Chrisann Risser


My fifth card is from Chrisann Risser. You can see more of her terrific photos at the link. Her image is so peaceful and quiet. I Love Chrisann’s message:

Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy!
Liz Gilbert, Big Magic



Anomalous, Kat Sloma


Kat’s coveted card closes out the correspondence. Isn’t this awesome! Kat’s message:

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

You have proved yourself courageous!


You can see more of Kat’s amazing work at Kat Eye Studio. If you would like to take part in next years LYA, sign up for her newsletter. Do be sure to visit Kat’s post on the swap. Her awesome, art filled video is there, and news of her swap giveaways. More enticement for you to consider signing up!

As always, each card I received reinforces my believe that we are all connected. Common interests with each of these. Trees, maps, Chihuly, mixed media, alcohol inks, photography, ocean appreciation.

HUGE thanks Kat, for another awesome Swap! For the terrific video, and most of all, for all your time and efforts! Thanks to the LYA helpers! Thanks to all the L.Y.A. swappers! I love each card I have received, and I am grateful you have shared your fabulous art with me!


I will be sharing the side swaps as they come in. They are really too wonderful to keep to myself 😉 Follow the links below to see more wonderful postcard art.


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Time really does fly. It felt like a quick week, but it was really close to a month of liberated art arriving in my mailbox. The first card was postmarked March 17th. And the most recent was stamped April 11th.

Thank you Kat, and many thanks to your helpers, for making the Liberate Your Art postcard swap happen. What a joy to receive artistic correspondence! I have to admit, that I do not often think of sending a real card or letter. I email often and send ecards for special days. Sitting here, I am wondering why I have never thought to send a postcard to family and friends. I still have some cards. I think that is how I will put them to use. I will send a small surprise.

For those of you visiting my blog for the first time, Thank you! If you scroll down, you will see my earlier posts on the cards I have received with links to all the artists. I have lost count, but I think I still have a few that are on the way.

Photo by Siobhan Wolf

Photo by Siobhan Wolf

I received both of these cards on the same day. Good day, Sunshine! Siobhan’s card is a “Dream”. There are gorgeous magenta petals that have fallen to the table. The soft focus gives me a peaceful, relaxed feeling. For some reason, I started thinking of candle light and a warm bath. Something I honestly never do, but wouldn’t that just make you feel so pampered and serene?


Artwork by Sherry Harmes

Artwork by Sherry Harmes

Sherry included a quote from Blake, “Exuberance is beauty!” I love that. I also love her motto: Conceive, Believe, Achieve! Her card is bold and bright and some of the flowers are 3-D! OK, maybe just 2-D. I love these blue blooms! It is hard to see, but there is stitching along the left side as well.  Mixed media maven!

I count myself lucky, this is the second year I have swapped with Siobhan and Sherry. Thank you both for sharing your art and photography with me! Such a delight!

Postcard art, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Postcard art, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I am so thankful to be a part of this Liberating event.  So much fun creating the cards I send out. Such a nice surprise when one is received. Kat treated us all to this gorgeous card. I just love her work!

Layered Autumn. Kat Sloma

Layered Autumn. © Kat Sloma 2013






Thanks again to all the artists and photographers who shared their art with me. I am always in awe of all the talent that is shared. Lori, Natasha, Lisa, Barbara, Melody – your blessings brightened my days!

Liberated art 2014

Liberated art 2014

Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra!







Deanie, Shelly, Janice, Sherry and Siobhan – so grateful!

Take a look at this years art filled video!

Feel free to join our Blog Hop. The link below (the little blue guy) will take you to other artists who participated. Treat yourself to a virtual visual voyage!


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Colorful Quest

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This post is part of the Exploration Party – a celebration of our inner explorers, led by Tara Swiger of Explore You. You can find other tales of adventure from artists, crafters, writers and biz smarties – and share your own story – right here.”

Tara’s hope is that this party will do two things:

  • Remind you that you already are an explorer. You know how to find the answers to your questions.
  • Inspire you to explore deeper, by seeing how other creatives are doing it.

I mentioned in my earlier post, that I have done a lot of research on how to be a better blogger. I know for a fact that qualifies me as an explorer. I am a blogger. For a year I put off doing a website because I could not even fathom writing a blog. I know this endeavor does not quite put me in league with Magellan. These waters have been well mapped and are traveled regularly.

This is all brand spankin’ new to me though! I have a clear destination in mind. But I have no idea of what I may encounter along the way. Scary? Yeah. Stressful? Oh yeah! Worth it? Hell yeah!

But I need a little break from all the blog business. I have a few art projects coming up. A couple of submissions and a bit of design work. And while I am mulling over some ideas, I have also been playing a lot with color. 

I have been exploring how colors work together, as I experiment with palettes to use. It is always so interesting to me, how colors can change dramatically depending on their adjacent colors. It is so much fun, to see how changing the proportion of colors in a palette, essentially creates a new palette. Duh, right.

One of my favorite sites to visit for color inspiration is Design Seeds.You can search by theme – spring, summer, vintage, vacation, etc. You can even find a color by using the value tool. This site is really fun, with great photos to get your creative powers pumping. Thank you Jessica!

design seeds chick palette

Courtesy of Design Seeds, Click on the image to visit the site.

Take a look at this Design Seeds color palette. It’s warm and sunny right? The yellows and orange dominate the cooler tones. Now what if you take the silver, brown and green as your main colors, and use just a hint of the yellow and orange?

Now imagine the green is the dominate color. Followed by the grey, and the lightest yellow. The colors are all light and bright, pretty much the same value right. They would need a strong color to make really them pop.


Let’s look at these swatches. The first one is part of a fabric collection I designed last year. The kiwi is bold and playful. The large deep blue dots tone it down just a bit, but it is still fun, lighthearted. We can use this simple layout to see the different moods colors can create. 

Polka dot pattern in Kiwi

Using the Design seeds Palette for inspiration, we can create swatches that are warm and sunny, cool and crisp, or deep and rich. See how the different proportions change the feeling of each one?    



sunny yellow palette  How does this make you feel?

Cool dot chick   What does this bring to mind?  

Green dot chick  Or this?

This is completely different, but the colors all come from the same palette.   

brown chick dot

 The peach swatch screams sunny vacation. Drinks poolside with friends. The silver, hmm… office cubicle. This color combo is more serious right? The green makes me think of … chicken enchiladas Suizas! Green chili, cheese and tortillas. Mmmm. Comfort food. Warm and just a tad spicy. OK, well now that we are on the subject of food. This last swatch resembles a chunk of dark chocolate. With nuts and marshmallows. Rich and satisfying to be sure, but a little goes a long way. 

I hope I have sparked some ideas for you. Maybe you will explore new color options for your next project, and be surprised by the result. I would love to hear your feelings on color, and how you use it. Why you choose the colors you do. Favorite colors, not-so favorite colors. Favorite color combinations.

Join Tara’s Exploration Party! Share your story with us, and enjoy the great tales of exploration that others are sharing.

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