ARTING AROUND PROJECT #5 (March – June 2014)


Each participant starts a piece of art, which is added to by each of the other participants in turn, in two-week blocks of time, with the art piece eventually returning to the original artist. Photos of the finished pieces will be posted on

Charlotte will create a mailing order, so participants will always get a piece from one person (the same person each time) and will always send it on to the same next recipient.

Participants have each art piece for two weeks, with mailing deadlines on the 1st and the 15th of each month. Sticking to the mailing deadline is important, as it keeps all pieces moving at the same pace and ensures that the projects get completed at the same time. If you are overwhelmed with other work or have artist’s block, just mail the piece on to the next person. Don’t hold on to the piece.

Two or more people in the same household could, if desired, work as a single artist, or they could work separately one after the other or even in a different order. Just let Charlotte know.


1. Start with an 8 x 10 base. This could be foam core, illustration board, matt board, or anything appropriate for your project. Begin your art piece. Draw, collage, paint, write, sew—anything that is basically two-dimensional (so it can be mailed easily). Variations on this are fine, as long as the piece can be mailed easily. You can also include further instructions for the participants.

2. Come up with a title and write the title on the back. Sign the back, too. It would also be helpful to add a note identifying your contribution.

3. TAKE A PICTURE OF IT AND EMAIL IT TO CHARLOTTE. (Please note the all-caps and boldface. This step is very important.) She will post it to the Arting Around website. If you wrote instructions for the piece, photograph them, too, for the website. It’s nice to see what the project is.

4. Mail your art piece to your recipient.

5. A few days after the 1st or the 15th, you will receive the next art piece. Before you add anything, take a picture of it and email it to Charlotte. (This is to ensure that pictures get done of each stage, and it also gives Charlotte two pictures from which to choose the best one for lighting and focus.)

6. Add to the art piece and sign the back. What do you add? Anything that inspires you. The initial artist might have included more specific instructions, or the title might suggest what to add. The only request is that you don’t unduly burden the following recipients in how they have to package the piece for further mailing.

7. Take a picture of it and email it to Charlotte. Then mail the piece to your recipient by the next mailing date.

8. When everyone has contributed to every piece, you will get your original back, ready for framing! (And, of course, take a picture of your final piece and email it to Charlotte.)

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