I started my 365 on Boxing Day 2010. I put a lot of thought into my own guidelines for the project, how I wanted to share, and what I wanted to share. I've been very involved in mail art in the past, but fallen out of practice. Art, it's an active practice. As such, I wanted to re-immerse myself in this world of stamps and staples, tape and office supplies.
I'd been behind on my letter writing, and wanted to be able to incorporate letters into this project, as well. So, for my personal rules, I can take longer than a single day to write a letter, but all the mail art elements and embellishments have to be completed on a single day. Same with choosing a recipient for a postcard or project. The creative elements are limited to a single day, but the logistics can take a bit longer.
My hope is to share my progress on this blog once a week. Being that I am 8 weeks into the project, I think I will just share my favorites so far (here's a link to my flickr set for the rest)
The big G on this card was originally very glittery. I like glitter, but the glitter on the G was way over the top. I scraped most of it off and painted the G to match the background. And I used rubber cement to glue it to the card. Rubber cement is my new favorite adhesive. I hope it holds well.
This is going as an official Postcrossing card to a young woman in Turkey who is a doctor. I think the label's claims will make her smile.
We went to Maine last weekend and stopped at one of our favorite places-Stonewall Kitchen. Steph had the lobster tacos in the cafe....I got the menu.
This envelope went out to a ZMACS forum prize winner. I sent out a bunch of assorted unused vintage postage as the prize.
The last swap I hosted on swap-bot was a "reversible postcard". We folded a piece of cardstock in half, taped it shut and treated it as a postcard. When it got to your partner, they were to open it up, fold it inside out and send a postcard back to you.
My partner's theme was balance. I tried to have some balancing elements, but allowed some tension and some harmony too.
Walmart receipt (yes, that was the same trip with veggies and enough chips to choke a horse), magazine cutouts of water, scrapbook paper, stamp selvedges, junk mail, map bit, candy wrapper, fortune, prescription warning, toilet paper wrapper, hand made sticker from one of my tins, and leaves from that very useful discarded nature encyclopedia.
I'm running the swap again, if you are on swap-bot.
I love the way this looks like a wall covered with graffitti. You know how I love crusty and peeling textures...
I call this my CSI card because I always think of leaving a little something for the forensic guys whenever I lick an envelope or leave a fingerprint in paint.
Sent to Fiona Webster.
Gluing it down was the most difficult part today as I forgot my fine tip glue bottle at home so I had to use a stick glue that I found in the office.
This cat chase goes to okadaskat who sent me a nice knitted broach a while ago. I know she likes cats so I hope she enjoys it.