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    Friday
    Jan292010

    Mail Art!

    a surprisingly tiny little red book

    mandy's last page (left), my first page (right)

    pages two + three

    pages four + five

    When I was in college, before email + cell phones existed, mail was a big deal. A really, really big deal. The girls would casually go downstairs to the dorm mail boxes secretly hoping that we'd find something good inside. For me, perhaps a letter from my mom or friends from home. Checking for mail was a daily adventure.

    Mail Art (aka Correspondence Art) is amazing! There are examples of mail art or mail inspired art around the web. So when Mandy invited me to participate in Jennifer Zoellner's Mail Swap, I took up the offer not quite sure what to expect! A few days later, a palm tree inspired envelope arrived in my mail box. Remember that metal or wooden box outside your home where the kind postman delivers Netflix envelopes, bills + catalogs each day? Mail art means that's a place to find good things.

    So I pulled out the envelope, which has another envelope inside, containing a tiny little red book. Glancing through the sketches and stamps and doodles... I realized that I have absolutely no idea what to do! I let it sit for a week. I perused a bunch of sites about Mail Art and got started. Each person before me had used 5 pagees, so I went with the trend. I stamped with FIMO stamps, eraser stamps, doodled (of course), added ephemera, fruit stamps, etc. It was fun! I will definitely do this again!

    UPDATE 03.01.2010: The book was sent off to Eden, who had a blast creating mail art!

    In fact... I just joined Hanna's DIY Postcard Swap 2010. Click over to Create + Live Happy to join. And get a cute bloggy badge for fun. [Edit: You can check out the postcards I created at The Great DIY Postcard Swap.]

    Mail art links and inspiration (I'll update as I find more)...

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    Reader Comments (3)

    Isn't it fun to find f-u-n things in the mailbox?!? Mail art days are my happiest days! I'm so glad you discovered this creative outlet! Hugs, Terri xoxo

    01.29.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri@PringleHill

    Hello!

    My first visit to your blog - I've just surfed over from Create + Live Happy.

    Wow! You are one seriously creative individual!!

    "You are an artist if you say you are an artist" - I didn't realize this until December last year when I tried to explain that I am a scrapbooker to a French person, in French. She looked bemused for a couple of minutes and I thought it was my French that was lacking. She had clearly never encountered scrapbooking, but as I continued my explanation, she suddenly broke into a smile and declared "Vous etes artiste" (You are an artist) as if it were obvious. Clearly it was more obvious to her than it had been to me - until that moment!

    I've just finished my 10th postcard for Hanna's swap and am feeling saintly!!

    All power to your brushes/stamps/pens.............. Who knows, we may be swapping posties very soon!

    Best wishes,
    Lisa

    01.30.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

    Wow! This is a great post to introduce folks to the idea of mail art, as well as a great list of links to get them started. I found your post through iHanna's blog and will also be participating in her postcard swap -- really looking forward to it and seeing the wonderful work that everyone creates...
    Also, two projects you might be interested in: the book "Good Mail Day", which has many great tips for mail artists new to the Network, as well as folks who hav been "making and sending" for quite some time. The blog redletterday.wordpress.com also has mail art/letterwriting related reading...I have a hand (the one I write with, of course!) in both projects. :-)
    May your mailbox always be filled with inspiration and correspondence from friends!
    --JH

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