Thursday, 13 September 2012

Once upon a postcard swap

by Elizabeth Burton

There was a girl with golden hair who lived in the land of Hoobiddy Doobitty where the people spent so much time smelling the flowers that that had begun to look just like them.

by Tracey Fletcher King

It was just as well really because all was not as peaceful as first appeared. For this land had recently been invaded by the Lemon People who terrified the poor Hoobiddies with their sharp wit and hard-wired electrical appliances that stormed across the rocky landscape led by legions of pointed pencils.

by Angela Vular

The Hoobs as we shall call them for ease (though I should stress that they are not the same ones that neighboured the Grinch... some distant relatives perhaps), banded huddled together under the roses and the golden-haired girl taught them to make dresses from the fallen rose petals.

by Elise Ann Wormuth

This wasn't terribly practical, given that a large mixer was just spinning into view with blades whirring in a most threatening manner.

The Hoobs began to panic and fled the scene tripping over the unfinished hemming of their floral dresses.

The found themselves backed up against a wall. But hold on, what was that on the floor? It was their salvation. For years Hoobs had wondered what the mysterious planking was doing set into the concrete of their thoroughfares, but now all was revealed.

[note - I do know the postcard is not the right way up - it's called artistic licence!]

by Kat Sloma

Their combined weight, together with the sticky atmosphere of fear awakened the magic and the wood began to rise revealing...

by Tracey Fletcher King

A large quantity of heavy-bodied acrylics. No rose petal armour for these guys. They marched smartly out of their barracks and began to take on the Lemon people, the pointy pencils and the kitchen utensils.

by Elaine Millar

It was carnage as the blood of crimsons mixed with lemons and blues. Eventually the life was squeezed out of every tube but the invading army had retreated.

Now every year the Hoobs celebrate their great victory by painting the town red... green and orange... and sending arty postcards to their friends.

Think the above was a load of old nonsense? Well, you try writing a work of fiction featuring all six (+1) of the postcards you received in Kat Sloma's Liberate your Art postcard swap!

Thanks to the generous-hearted artists and the wonderful Kat for sharing their work across the globe this summer. If you click on each picture you will be transported to the artists' websites. Special thanks to Tracey Fletcher King who sent me an extra one!

You can visit them all via the blog swap


  1. Your story telling was the perfect way to share your postcards.

  2. was this not great fun!!!! It was amazing to see all the people who's work I knew!
    cheers, dana

  3. Ah now there's the artistic blogger I know and love ~ back from her gaming excursion. So happy you've returned!

  4. Such beautiful artwork!! I have thoroughly enjoyed this swap!

  5. Am sure this land of yours is real because I think its where I live............. Great storytelling and artwork, Annette x

  6. You did an incredible job incorporating all the postcards into your "little fictitious nonsense". All the liberated art... I don't even know what to really say anymore other that I've had an amazing time!

  7. I love your stories! I believe you can write about anything :)
    Beautiful postcards!!

  8. Well done - the Hoobs prevail! wonderful writing and such a fine story to bring 6 +1 together in such a creative way. Loved the swap. Love your cards!

  9. Such a fab lot of images...and the blog hop is such fun.

  10. I love it... invasions, kitchen appliance rage... and clothes out of petals... your head must be quite and interesting place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great way to post them...xx

  11. Thanks for the fantasy! Your postcards are lovely...both given and received. See you next year, I hope.

  12. What a terrific way to showcase your postcards! xxoo

  13. Terrific little story with some very talented artists work!! Excellent!!

    Hugs Giggles

  14. Lovely and creative presentation!!!

  15. What a wonderful way to share your postcards, thanks for that.

  16. I really missed out this year. And what a great turnout. :) You got some awesome postcards, Lisa. :)

  17. Love how your mind works, I don't think I could ever imagine a story to link all the beautiful art...and certainly not so colorfully. Your vocab is to be admired!

  18. A true lost art... story telling. You do it beautifully! It was nice to be lost for a few minutes in your world of creative words!

    Keep creating!


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