I *heart* postal art…

Do you like to doodle, stamp, and/or otherwise embellish seemingly pointless items?  Why not mail?  Let’s join the movement to revive the tradition of sending and receiving mail by making it beautiful, interesting, or just downright expressive.  Let’s make mail meaningful again!!

What’s all this, then?  you ask…
So I picked up a book on Monday night, Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.  Check it out!  Richly illustrated and wonderfully written, this book is like chocolate for the soul.  It also includes an envelope pattern and pages of book, zine, and website resources to help develop your postal artistic voice, especially mail art newbies like myself.  While I just got it and haven’t been able to go cover to cover yet, I LOVE what I have read and have already almost finished my first envelopic (yep, I made it up) masterpiece out of a vintage French D-Day map.  (I’ll post photos when I’m done…) 
So…send ME something, and I’ll mail you something in return.  Let’s keep the theme:  vintage.  That shouldn’t be difficult.  Between all the vintage maps, postage stamps, ticket stubs, receipts, invoices, notes, photos and other old ephemera floating around, coupled with the vintage-themed rubber stamps that are all the rage right now, this will be fun!  Leave me a comment or email me at: bsparrowvintage [AT] gmail.com and we’ll exchange mailing info!
If you have anything you’d like to share or suggest on the topic, please include this, too!
P.S.  Jennie and Carolee also have an awesome blog.  Check it out!
Here’s some inspiration…
Love the calligraphy…*sigh*
From: http://www.raggededgepress.com/pages/mail_art.htm

Have fun!!

3 thoughts on “I *heart* postal art…

  1. I have had a copy of this book for sometime now…after reading it, I was encouraged to start making and sending mail art! I’ve started my own little circle of mail-artist…but I would certainly like to become parts of yours!

  2. Great Dave! I look forward to hearing from you!

    Jamie – Thanks for visiting. I love your site, and look forward to exploring more and trying lots of new DIY projects! Off to try the framed silhouettes…:)

  3. I love to decoupage and this post is great inspiration for something vintage. I am following after I found your blog via 1950s atomic ranch house and would love for you to check mine out too!

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