I've had mail art on my mind.
For the past several months, I've sent plenty of handmade postcards through the mail, but I have not revisited the kind of mail art pictured in one of my favorite books, Good Mail Day, by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.
But then Christel sent me those delightful handmade envelopes in a recent swap, and Tammy at Daisy Yellow posted some great mail art links in a recent post.
I was reminded of my first mail art effort, in 2009. A friend of mine organized a mother-daughter camping trip in the Delaware Water Gap. I sent a thank-you note afterward in an envelope I made from a brochure about the area, decorated with a skeleton leaf, words cut from magazines (such as "mother," "child," "getaway"), and labels and stickers. It was my very first work of mail art.
That gave me the idea of making several envelopes from brochures I picked up when I went on vacation. My family visited Monticello that same year, so I created a series of "souvenir envelopes," made from tourist brochures. I cut and pasted pictures and words from various brochures onto the envelopes, and thought they would make a nice souvenirs for my girls from their first visit to an important American historical site:
Then I started decorating small manila envelopes with collage images:
I am always looking for new examples of creative mail art, so please leave any fun links you might know of in the Comments section, so we can all explore new sources of mail art inspiration!