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The Cheat Book - Technique Descriptions

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Last week I started a book of “cheats.” The idea is to collect a bunch of different techniques that I use to make my trashy collages. Some of these are going to be really simple and obvious and others not so much. The goal is to use the book as a guide, a way to get the mind going in particularly difficult periods. If anything it’ll be a document itself. There’s no proper plan of what I’m going to do with it other than provide a “technique” and then some commentary on that technique. The idea is to periodically come back and comment on what I initially wrote about say “The Tape Rip” example. Who knows, maybe I’ll have figured out something to add to it later on? It seemed like a fun project so why not go through with it? Here are the written descriptions of the first five things I have plotted out. Since I wrote a whole bunch I thought it would be best to collect them elsewhere in case something happened along the way. The Tape RipI must have made mail-art for at least a year before…

Board Bunnies Traveling.

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I’ve noticed that I tend to do more once I have more to do. When the schedule is wide open and I don’t have any projects needing to be finished I do little. Whenever I’ve got one thing going I end up starting another almost immediately. Within the week I have made and then sent out small Richard packages to about twenty people, made packages out of the stickers of my face, worked on getting together another rather involved project with a mail-art friend in South Carolina, and I started on these bunny faces. Somewhere in the middle of doing all of the previous work it hit me, why not another add and return? Instead of making collaborative books or just add and pass sheets, I thought about doing something a little more permanent, a little more sturdy. I took a bunch of 9 x 12 boards and laid down a tape transfer base, all black and white, and almost exclusively words. Doing this gives the creation a bit of texture once you start layering a bunch of garbage on top. For no particular rea…

A Book of Ideas For Cheating

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So I’m not exactly sure what I should call this particular book? The basic guts of the book are those iconic eighty sheet composition books that have been floating around since the 50’s. Maybe not the 50’s but that decade feels right to me? I love those books. For years I’ve made all kinds of things out of them from tour journals, to my mail-art address books, to where I put all of my doodles I make during meetings. I must have ten or fifteen of them filled with random stuff from over the past ten years. This book design is a little different; it was designed for children, an open space for drawing at the top and lines for writing at the bottom. A nice book for a child to work on their letters is a great book for me to get down some ideas. The shape of the book and the maker are exactly the same as the old standard. I bought the book knowing that I was going to use it for something at some time. Bored in my backroom where I keep most of my mail art items, I noticed the book had fall…

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