Liberate Your Art, 2012

I participated in an art swap this year, hosted by Kat Sloma of Kat Eye Studio.

The rules were simple: Make 5 postcards and send them along with address labels and postage to Kat who then organized and sent out 6 postcards (5 plus one of her own)… so you make 1 postcard and get 6 back.

How awesome is this!

I signed up immediately!

And then I had second thoughts. I’m not a real artist.  I’m just a henna artist. I just decorate things.

But I pulled it together to create a peacock and chose a quote for the back:

Natasha's Peacock

On the back it has a quote from Picasso which inspired me to leap into the unknown and make this card: “I am always doing what I can’t do. That’s how I get to do them.”

And I made copies and added some dots of glitter (because a girl can never have too much glitter and I’d just gotten a new batch of cosmic purple which was too yummy to keep for myself)… and I packaged everything up and sent it off.

Then I began to receive my cards!  What fun to check the mail!

The first one was from Terrie Purkey of

Terrie Purkey's card

On the back it says: “There’s a road from the eye to the heart that doesn’t go through the intellect.” Chesterton.

The next card was from a mystery sender, who turned out to be Renee Martinez (apparently in her excitement to get the cards out, she forgot to sign them! That nearly happened to me, too!)

Liberate Your Art Mystery image

On the back is a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “It’s the life in your years, not the years in your life that count.”

Then I went on vacation for two weeks… and had to wait until I got home for the final four:

Liberate Your Art, Karen Koch, front

A lovely card from Karen Koch of

Liberate Your Art by Kathryn Hall

This card from Kathryn Hall has a quote from Brian Andreas: “I used to hear voices a lot, but then I read up on it and found out they don’t exist so now I don’t listen to a word they say.”

And this delightful one from Mia Ora of Aukland, New Zealand ( and a kindred multi-media artist:

Liberate Your Art by Mia Ora, front

On the back she quotes Sue Lotte: “Hear my song.” 2009

And finally, Kat’s card:

Liberate Your Art, Kat Sloma, front

The card from Kat Sloma, the person who organized the postcard swap and made it all possible!

This was so much fun, I’ve already started thinking about next year’s card! If you want to participate in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap in 2013, sign up for Kat’s newsletter and stay tuned for the details.

And if you want a copy of my card, just email me with your address and I’ll send one out to you!

Here is an amazing video that Kat made of all the cards in the swap; what an inspiration! It wasn’t all about the incredible images, but also about having the opportunity to connect with the artists via the swap and the facebook page.

liberate your art 2012

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14 Responses to Liberate Your Art, 2012

  1. Janet K says:

    I, too, participated in the swap. How much fun I had both sending and receiving the cards. I have to say, your postcard is gorgeous & had it been one I received, I would have been thrilled to pull it out of the mailbox!!

  2. pointypix says:

    Hi, Just to let you know I received one of your beautiful postcards and of course you’re a ‘real’ artist – anyone who creates such wonderful intricate designs with henna is definitely an artist!! and I loved the glitter!

  3. Sheila says:

    YES! Repeat after me…
    I am an artist.
    This card was one of my favorites in the swap… all that luscious color! ( I would love one too… and I will send one of mine back. 🙂

  4. dana says:

    amazing experience!

  5. Of course you are an artist and good for you to participate!!!
    Such a great swap.

  6. I agree that a girl can never have too much glitter and wonderful quote… I would have been thrilled to have received one of your work… but happy to have found your blog and look forward to visiting again soon…xx

  7. Candace says:

    Wow, yours is so beautiful! If you send me one, I will send one back to you. Pleased to meet you; the swap was such fun.

  8. Linda says:

    Natasha, I was fortunate enough to receive one of your beautiful peacocks in the mail. What a talented artist you are. Love the touch of glitter. Thank you.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Of course you are an artist, I wish I could draw designs like that! Love what you sent and received. Glad I’m not the only person already planning for next year!

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