Friday, November 23, 2012

Mail Art: Playing Catch-Up

I have received so many wonderful pieces of mail art over the past couple of months, and it is long overdue that I should reciprocate. I have had some time these past three days of this relaxing Thanksgiving holiday to create several postcards to get out to my mail art buddies across the world. I want to share the postcards with you without revealing their destinations so that everyone can be surprised by what shows up in their mailboxes!  Here is a "gallery walk" through some of the postcards I've been making:
I've been looking at Lenore Tawney's collages, and her influence can be clearly seen in
some of the postcards, such as these, above.
Another Tawney-influenced collage.
I used a decorative tape silhouette, of the type I blogged about making quite awhile ago.
This is one of my favorites.  I just went through my envelope of scraps, usually reserved for altering Rolodex cards, and put down bits and pieces that I liked the look of.  I love the images and the grid-like composition.
Cue the music:  "These are a few of my favorite things..."  Maps, foreign language txt, postage stamps, decorative tape!
A multi-layered orange affair.
I saw a stitched postcard like this at Anthropologie ages ago, and vowed to try one for myself.  I really like how it turned out, though my sewing machine was seriously protesting the thick watercolor paper. 
Another decorative tape silhouette.
I will soon be sharing some more of the mail art goodies that prompted this outflow of postcard creation, as well as my blog entry, "While You Have Your Duct Tape Out...Part 2"...Stay tuned!


uncustomary said...

Fifth one down, with the shoe, is my absolute favorite. Also, overly jealous of your ability to use a sewing machine.

HeARTworks said...

Hi Andria, I am soooo glad you visited me so i could see all your wonderful mail art! Love them ALL! Patsy from

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

Gorgeous stuff! I love the decorative tape silhouette. :) said...

Very nice -- you've been busy!

iHanna said...

Yummy, all of them, but especially like the ones with journaling on the front. It really adds something personal to the postcards!

Karen Isaacson said...

awesomeness abounds. wasn't familiar with lenore tawney, but a quick google search has me totally inspired and intrigued. time to learn and explore.

Joyfulploys said...

Hi Andria....I was wowing at your duct tape envelopes below...and came back up and saw your cards....they are wowsers too! I love the one you sewed with the Thanksgiving greeting. I'll have to remember that idea.

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Anonymous said...

come along at,

and share your pictures by posting them, you can post links, pictures of your diary or journal/scrapbook! would be great to have everyone together who likes journaling, scrap-booking and writing!

ginigin said...

What a total thrill to find your duct tape envelope, postcards, and other goodies in my mail box! I will send a letter back soon as I can. Hoping to sew a zipper into the envelope to make a small bag of holding. Will photo and send to you when I do. Will have to hand sew, can't imagine what the gummy part of duct tape would do to sewing machine! Thanks so much and am so glad to have you as a penpal!!

Parabolic Muse said...

A person could faint from this! I love these. I can't say enough things about them because I'm jealous and I'm sure I'll say something like, 'Oh, yeah?! Well, my MOM loved me!!'

time for more coffee.

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