Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sheila's star!

It happens to the best of us. Sometimes life gets in the way and certain areas get neglected.

Fellow blogger, Sheila, hasn't updated her blog in six months! She's going through a rough patch and isn't really creating any artwork. God, I know how that feels.

I miss the posts about her old life in the police force and her journey in art. Bold-colored pet portraits, sketches, and what she learned along the way.

I wanted to send her something DAZZLING. To awaken the lift her inspire.

What could be better than Mail Art!

Here is what I sent her.....

Origami paper and glitter on backing board - 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" (NFS)

The beginning stage!

Archival backing board (used for storing comic books) was cut into the shape of a star. Then strips of metallic origami paper were glued down in a spiral pattern. Finally, glue was carefully brushed onto the center and edges (in the shape of a star) so I could add glitter.

(Since this was being mailed as is without an envelope, I loaded on the glitter knowing much of it would come off along the way).

The address side! (I used the smallest stamp I had so I wouldn't run out of room!)

Five words were written on the front as a reminder to her:. Paint. Draw. Sketch. Dream. Create.

Never forget, Sheila!

Needing something high energy to listen to (to set the mood), I went old school and whipped out my Ace of Base CD while creating this star!

"Kiss me, baby, I am Snow White sleepin' in a coffin waiting for you
Waiting for magic, baby, I am Snow White sleepin' in a coffin waiting for you
(Dancing for magic)
It's what I do
(Dancing for magic)
For me and you
Oh, kiss me baby wake me up....."

Now let's all bombard Sheila with thousands of e-mails telling her to start painting again! (LOL)

Shine on, Sheila!!


Anonymous said...

I wonder if that odd shape will make it through our postal system?

Anonymous said...


Randuwa said...

You are a remarkable man. A friend of extraordinary sensitivities. No wonder I am blessed by you.

Carrie Waller Watercolors said...

That was so awesome Dean!!! Who doesn't love getting mail, well aside from the bills and junk mail. I'm sure this will brighten her day and hopefully get her creating again. If everyone did something like this the world would be a little better place, so I'm going to pass it on and do something for someone. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

K.C. said...

Wow, I'm sure your friend Sheila will enjoy the stars you made/sent her. Who doesn't enjoy getting mail? Getting mail, especially personally handmade items can lift up the spirit.

Keep up the creativity.

jason said...

It's beautiful! I love how you put the stamp in the center.

Hopefully, Sheila will be inspired.

LightChaser said...

You're so thoughtful to spread cheer-- and not only to Sheila, because, thanks to your reminder, I am now enjoying Ace of Base while I work .

WOL said...

Guerrilla art strikes again!

naturgesetz said...

Great concept and nicely worked out. I'm sure Sheila will love it.

And I'm glad to see you've got another auction going on over on e-bay.

Dean Grey said...


It better or I'll be pissed!

Take a look at the hearts I mailed back in August of this year.

All but two successfully reached their destination.


David Waters!

Takes one to know one.



That's very sweet of you to say, Randy!



I'm glad this inspired you, Carrie!



Mail Art rules!



Placing the stamp near the center made the most sense to me.

I thought it'd help divide our addresses so the post office wouldn't confuse one for the other.



Isn't Ace of Base great, Dave?



Hee hee hee.....



Thank you for always noticing my eBay auctions!


I appreciate everyone's feedback on this!


Kim Rempel said...

Dean, you are the best ; )

Summersheartjourney said...

That is absolutely beautiful! What talent you have. Thank you for this today! I needed this to get my own creative juices going.
I am sure Sheila is going to love it!!

Tammy's Studio said...

You have the BEST imagination! And your skills are tops! I love that you smothered it with glitter, the post office will surely love you. Hee.

I love the amount of patience you put into cutting the paper strips and all the gluing you did. What an outstanding star! (Just like you!)

Prabha Narayanan Art said...

I hope Sheila receives your glittering star and would be inspired to pick up her brushes again!

Bill said...

Everyone should have a glitter star! I'm sure not going to sleep in a coffin to get one, though! Of course, a kiss might be worth it . . .

Dean Grey said...


You're too kind!



Now I'm curious what you'll create!



Thankfully I'm very patient and detail-oriented so this star was right up my alley!



I hope so too!



You know how long it would take me to make EVERYONE a star, Bill!


Thanks to all of you for chiming in here!


bK said...

That's fantastic! It looks like it took a long time to put on all those strips of paper. The postal workers will have great time handling the glitter lol!

Mind Of Mine said...

You told me, I was in inspiration.

When really, you are! To so many people.

You give me hope Dean!

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

You are a real sweet heart, a darling!!! Love this star and you are so cool my friend! Awesome. She will love it for sure. Hey thanks for visiting me. I been so freakin busy my fingers are going to fall off pretty soon hehehehehehe! Love the drive though I must say. I love being colorfully busy turning my studio like a darn circus. Un beso para ti guapo, mUA!!! lOVE YOUR BLOG!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sometimes life just gets in the way, and it was really nice of you to make that for her! Amazing friend you are. :)

Dean Grey said...


Brody, it looks like it took a long time to put on all those strips of paper because it did!


Mind Of Mine!

Thanks for that, Ian!


The Itsy Bitsy Spill!

Gracias por el beso, Magaly!



Sometimes we just need a glittery surprise to get us back on track!


Everyone's comments are greatly appreciated!


Anonymous said...

she is lucky to know you :)

Dean Grey said...




Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

You are just a wellspring of kindness - YES we've missed Sheila - only YOU would think to send her something spectacular!

Dean Grey said...




Erika Jean said...

Awesome mail art! I'm a big postcard swapper, I always lover when something original comes. I'm sure she loved it!

Erica@PLRH said...

I found your blog through Blogs of Note. I love the concept of Mail Art! How fun! I really want to give it a try. How do you know how muuch postage to use and what size works (in other words, what's too big)?

Dean Grey said...


Decorative postcards can be a form of art too!



I'm glad you want to give Mail Art a try! Hooray!

I suggest you take a look at the post office's website for pricing and size restrictions.

Generally they go by weight and dimensions. If you go over a limit, they add on a surcharge.

When in doubt, just take the artwork directly into the post office and ask them how much it'll cost you.


Thanks to both of you ladies for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, may all your wishes come true!

ceyda's world said...

hey u re really gifted.i thought ur blog is amazing...i like that =)

Andytgeezer said...

Oh this is a beauty Dean!

Dean Grey said...


Happy holidays to you as well!


ceyda's world!

Thanks for the kind words!



I'm glad you think so!


I appreciate you three chiming in here!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful post, great ))

Dean Grey said...


Glad you think so!