Sunday, March 24, 2019

#81 January - June 2019

By CR for Goop Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Mixed media:watercolor, ink, altered papers

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#80 October-December 2018 Mail Art

Participating in mail art activities continues to excite my creative spirit. After a long hiatus I've re-started creating mail art.  The series, The Philosophy of Tea, combines recycled tea bags, papers painted with tea, tea tags, and other ephemera. Each 'page' of the collage lifts up to reveal additional elements. Each one in the series is unique.

I've also started answering Calls for Entries. See my drawing for Redwork Post here --scroll down to November 14, 2018 entries. The drawing celebrates my husbands delicious home-grown tomatoes.  Diana Hale converts the drawings into redwork embroidery. The squares will be used to create a 'mail art' quilt.

A call, Landscape 2019, popped up on IUOMA recently and I could not resist. This postcard, Dreaming the Land, has been waiting a long time for the right venue.

By CR for ArtGallery MCL, Turin, Italia.  Entry for Landscape 2019 
Media:  Collage using artist-painted and stamped papers.

By CR for Nancy Bell Scott, Maine. Philosophy of Tea Series #4
Media: decorated papers, tea tag, ephemera, stamping.
Hidden Text: "chroma--a color of the weather, a color of the mind." (unknown poet) 

By CR for Patricia at
Entry for Tea Time Mail Art. Philosophy of Tea Series #1.
Media: tea bag papers, tea tags, ephemera. 

By CR for Esther K. Philosophy of Tea Series #2
Media: decorated papers, tea tags, ephemera, stamping.
Hidden Text: 'Go out and paint the stars.'

By CR for Norma Soulet, Florida. Philosophy of Tea Series #3.
 Media: decorated papers, tea tag, ephemera, stamping.
Hidden Text: 'To find a beautiful thing, look with an open mind, an open heart.' (Anon.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#79 October - December 2017 Mail Art

I've slowed down my participation in mail art and hope to restart again by August 2018.

By CR for Yayoi, SW, Kirkland, WA.
Monotype collage with calligraphy

By CR for Ti Ar Raden, Aulnay Sous Bois, France.
"Remembering Matisse", collage on card stock.

By CR for Mercedes M, Albuquerque, NM.
Stitchery and ephemera enhanced clay print.

By CR for "Places en Relation", a Call for Entries, Halle/Saale, Germany.
Watercolor and white gel ink pen.

By CR: One of 3 entries for "Hotels", a Call for Entries. Ballpoint pen on ephemera .
Drawn on a plane while flying across USA.

From Mail Art Martha, Beckenham, UK.
Etegami card in watercolor and ink.

Friday, August 18, 2017

#78. July-September 2017 Mail Art

By CR for Li Araki, NY, NY.
Collage in the spirit of mail artist, Lenore Tawney, whom we both admire.
Hand-drawn elements by CR + ephemera---arranged on reverse of eco-print card.

By CR for Dimitra Papatheodorou, Patra, Greece. 
Altered Book Project, pp.1 & 16.  Two of 16 altered pages. 
P. 16 Copy of ancient Greek manuscript text attributed to Antiphon (Sophist Greek philosopher).
Mixed Media: Collage using Gelli-print monotypes, ephemera, 

stenciling, cut-outs, Inktense watercolor pencil, etc.

To James B Chester, Vallejo CA.
"Summer of Love": Re-purposed digital print with collage on reverse .

By CR for Mary Wheeler, Abington, PA.
 Card using 'etegami' technique. Watercolor and ink with original haiku.

By CR: for Ann M.
Etegami drawing: ink and watercolor on Cartiera Magnani watercolor paper.
Zuihitsu-inspired text. 

By CR for Tiziana Baracchi, Venice Maestre, Italy.
Collage on hand-marbled paper. Entry for 'Leone Rosso'.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

#77 April-June 2017 Mail Art

By CR: One of 4  Smartphone photos documenting street art.
For Sharon Silverman, Haverhill MA, USA:  Entry for 'Street Art' Call for Mail Art.
Photo was taken with the permission of the artist. I was fortunate
to capture the artist in the act of painting on wall of a public garage in Redwood City, CA.

By CR: 3 of 12 unique collages  used to decorate  envelopes
for the Snowgeese cards. Mixed Media.

By CR for Norma Soulet, Port Saint Lucie, FL.
Stitchery on collage. Techniques:
Watercolor crayon on tissue paper collage.
French knots, running stitch, dangling threads.

By CR for Mercedes L Marquesa, Albuquerque, NM.
 One of a set of 15 Snowgeese-based postcards.
Mixed media on artist-made paper with poetry segment on reverse.

To Pam VanderWeil, Rosemount, MN.
Vintage French altered-postcard, circa 1909.
The green stamp is most probably circa 1900-1940.
The placement of the stamp means 'I love you'.
Read about the 'language of stamps'

By CR for Alex Witter, Den Haag, The Nethelands.
Entry for Black/white.
Medium: sumi-e ink. 

By CR for Richard Baudet, Marseille, France.
Snowgeese:  One of a series of 12 cards. Each card is unique, but with similar elements.
Watercolor crayon & white Prismacolor  pencil on Canson-mi-tientes paper; acrylic paint.
PS: The signature was placed incorrectly by mistake.

By CR for Jon Foster, Winston-Salem, NC , USA
For 9x9 Tile Project.
Gelli-print, markers, acrylic paint on 4" square, wood tile.
It will be arranged with eight other tiles in a frame

Monday, May 8, 2017

#76 January-March 2017 Mail Art

By CR an entry for the Fe-Mail XX, Women Art-Scientist
Testament Exploration Project, Ludlow VT. 
Conceived in memory of Marija Gimbutas, 
Lithuania-born archaeologist known for her research 
into the Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of "Old Europe".
Monoprint with lithography, 2017

By CR for Znedek, Czech Republic, Entry for "Break Out" .
Scribble Drawing Series- Collage of watercolor crayon & ink on tissue paper  .

By CR for Connie Jean, FL.
 Scribble Drawing Series-watercolor crayon & ink.

By CR for Soleil Corvo, Orchard Park, NY.
Scribble Drawing series: Watercolor crayon, ink and woven paper.

 By CR for Dimitra Papatheodorou, Patra, Geece.
Altered, accordian-fold, mini-book.
Size about 1.25 inches square, & 0.25 inches thick.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

# 76 October - December 2016 Mail Art

By C Rizzuto for Goop Gallery, Ottawa, Canada.
Tissue paper collage embellished with stitchery and found brass fragments.

By C Rizzutp for Zdenek, Czech Republic.
Entry for Breakthrough: altered photo

By C Rizzuto for Bradford, Deadwood, SD.
Deadwood Door: Altered found photo, inks and collage; plus decorated envelope.

By C Rizzuto For David Aponte, Bethlehem, PA

By C Rizzuto for Emily Coles Sheffield, UK

AMULDO, a mail artist in The Netherlands, has exhibited works from correspondents throughout the world. I recently sent two 'scribble therapy' drawings for the 2017 exhibition to be held at a de-commissioned post office.

Two 'scribble therapy ' drawings by C Rizzuto.
Entries for Trassshart, Gouda, The Netherlands.
Medium: Lyra watercolor crayon on paper

The following series of 3 postcards were re-puposed from a drawing of the male figure on gessoed paper. The cards were then further developed to make them ambiguous land/sea/scapes. The text on the reverse is a poem fragment by Anna Akhmatova.

"A land not mine, still
forever memorable,
the waters of its ocean
chill and fresh..."

By C Rizzuto for Pascal Coupechoux, Chablis, France
Watercolor crayon and mixed media on gessoed paper

By C Rizzuto for Yayoi, Kirkland, WA
Watercolor crayon and mixed media on gessoed paper

By C Rizzuto for Oleg K, Czech Republic
Watercolor crayon and mixed media on gessoed paper

By C Rizzuto for  Yayoi, Kirkland, WA
Eco-print on mixed media paper

By C Rizzuto for Tim Waldron Johnson, MA.
Monotype fragment with stitchery and copper additions. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

#75 July-September, 2016 Mail Art

I have not been very active this year, but am looking forward to more exchanges in the future. Only mail art that I send out will be posted in this blog.

By CR for Melissa Fletcher, Jackson, TN USA.
Postcard: collage with pattern paper and artist biographies.
Series inspired by an old book of artists biographies.
There was only one female artist in the book--Vigee LeBrun.
The use of pattern paper adds the feminine element to art history. 

Postcard By CR for Mercedes LaMarquesa, Albuquerque, NM
Techniques: Collage of watercolor crayon on tissue paper, with addition 
of hand-stitching of French knots, running stitch, arrow stitch, 
chain stitch and shisha stitch over copper.

By CR for KS Chambers, Anahein, CA. Desert Dreams:
Collage with mulberry papers, pyrography, Australia map segment.

By CR for Raphael'L, Tullins, France.
Postcard: collage with pattern paper  and artist biographies-
part of a series.

By CR for Stripygoose, London, UK.
Postcard: collage with pattern paper and artist biographies-
part of a series. Text: 'There is so much silence between the lines.'

By CR: "Pink is a 4 letter word" sent to TOFU's call for entries for Pinkweek. Exhibition at
Warehouse Artist Lofts, Sacramento CA.
Media: Tissue paper collage, watercolor crayon, with stamping.

Monday, January 11, 2016

# 74 January - June 2016 Mail Art

Future postings on this blog will be limited to the mail art that I send out. Mail art that I receive will continue to be posted in my International Union of Mail Artists' photo archive. View this archive at

By C Rizzuto for David Aponte, Philadelphia, PA
Fragment of etching with collaged element.

By C. Rizzuto for  Mychal: Watercolor fragment

By C. Rizzuto for  K Chambers, Anaheim, CA
'Luddites Unite': Collage of vintage library catalog cards, washi tape and hand-painting

By C Rizzuto for Call for Entries: Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano, Japan.
Medium: Collage of Monotype fragments

By C Rizzuto, Entry for Agitar РUniversidade S̩nior do Porto's call for entries,
NATURE, Porto, Portugal.
An Eco-print mounted on artist-made paper with natural inclusions.

By C Rizzuto for School of Many Colors' Mail Art call
Heinz-Nixdorf-Gemantschule, Paderborn, Germany.
 Media: Monotype collage, stamping