Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Postcard Exchange

Since discovering Jennie Hinchcliff's Good Mail Day, the lure of mail art has been irresistible.  And getting involved in blogging has introduced me to many kind and talented people who share that interest. 

When I found several vintage San Francisco postcards at a recent auction, I shared one with Pamela Gerard, both because she calls San Francisco home and because she clearly appreciates a good postcard!  (If you check out her blog, you will see that she has an entire shopping cart of mail art in her home...an amazing sight to see in the middle of the hallway!)

But before I sent it off, I indulged in a little mail art postcard altering.  I've always wanted to create a bit of a surrealist look by adding incongruous elements to a postcard image, but had never pulled it off.  Here is what I came up with for Pamela's postcard:
Pamela asked me where I found my airmail washi tape, but I let her in on my little secret:  I simple trimmed the edges from an airmail envelope and glued it to the card.  It functions just the same as tape!

Here's the back, awaiting its message:
In return, Pamela sent me this lovely postcard:
How great is that vintage postal image!
And on the back she used all kinds of collaged and stamped elements, along with postage stamps taking center stage.  I am curious about her postal-themed postage stamps.  I am going to have to talk to my local post office to see if they might have something a little more interesting than the run-of-the-mill Forever flag stamps.

If you are looking for some fun and interesting mail art inspiration, I wanted to recommend some web sites to start:
Many of these sites have plenty of links to keep you busy for weeks!

Keep sending that mail art love!

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I have not heard from giveaway winner Bonnie with her postal address.  If I haven't heard from her by Sunday, May 20, I will be drawing for a new winner from the original entries.

24 comments:

VivJM said...

Oh, I love that surrealist postcard! So cool!

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Fun to see our two postcards on here -- isn"t mail wonderful? Those stamps I used on your card are vintage but the post office does have a variety of stamps now too. Thanks for the blog shout-out!

eli said...

I love your Golden Gate postcard!

Jan said...

Air mail envelopes great for making homemade washi tape! My daughter's senior project last year was gathering letters to send to the troops and we did that same thing to make the air mail border on a poster she made for the event.

Linda Jordan said...

Gorgeous art!! I was thinking the same thing about the "tape" it looks exactly like washi tape!! I've been wanting to purchase some local postcards (I live in Manhattan) to use in my art, I just have a small budget these days...but maybe I'll try it soon, I always walk by this little shop that has tons of them for sale out front...it is sooo tempting!!

Linda

Mary Has Sound said...

Yay for mail! And thanks for the tip about the airmail envelope edges functioning as tape.. super clever!

Karenann Young said...

You can go on-line and see all the stamps that the post office has. There is a dollar fee for sending it, but it depends on how easy it is for you to go the post office there and if they have everything. The URL is
https://www.usps.com/
The book from Lenore Tawney "Postcard collages" is filled with collaged postcards!
Love your postcard!!!

lee said...

love that card you sent her so creative, thanks for tip of the strip for airmail...

April Cole said...

Super fun, isn't it!!
Love "mail art"... enjoy, Andria.
These all look fantastic. :]

Karenann Young said...

Found Airmail Washi tape and Cancelation Washi tape on Etsy.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/98138705/washi-tape-15mm-postmark-black-on-white?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_query=postage+&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=supplies

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97454374/air-mail-washi-tape-airmail?ref=sr_gallery_15&ga_ref=auto6&ga_search_query=airmail+twine&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=supplies

I like your idea of cutting up an airmail envy. I went a step farther. I'll send you the results when I can!!

Karenann Young said...

Found Airmail Washi tape and Cancelation Washi tape on Etsy.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/98138705/washi-tape-15mm-postmark-black-on-white?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_query=postage+&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=supplies

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97454374/air-mail-washi-tape-airmail?ref=sr_gallery_15&ga_ref=auto6&ga_search_query=airmail+twine&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=supplies

I like your idea of cutting up an airmail envy. I went a step farther. I'll send you the results when I can!!

Adriann said...

Mail Art is one of latest obsessions. Both cards are lovely! Love how you altered the postcard. Very striking!

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