September 4, 2016 § 10 Comments
There are some truly spectacular mail artists in the world. Me? I’m more of a creative dabbler.
Recently, I’ve tried my hand at a couple projects inspired by tutorials generously shared by Lindsay at The Postman’s Knock. Lindsay’s examples are gorgeous and precise. My creations are rather more wobbly, but it’s such fun to play!
If you look at Lindsay’s How to Draw Lace tutorial, you can see that she has worked with great care and achieved a very balanced design. In contrast, if you suspect that I did not follow the direction about using a ruler to measure the spacing of the ovals (or anything else), you would be correct.
My Hand Drawn Frame attempt turned out more true to the original. I used the ruler this time! I wasn’t sure how the envelope at hand would take watercolors, so I jumped right into bold color at the start.
What about you? Have you dabbled creatively recently?
February 10, 2015 § 4 Comments
It’s day ten of A Month of Letters. I’m writing my 11th letter of the month tonight, so I’m in good shape to meet the challenge of mailing 23 items by the end of February. I’ve written every day and posted something every day the mail has run – several birthday cards, a sympathy note, replies to a few letters that have been patiently waiting, a couple postcards with slice-of-life stories, and a “thank-you” for a lovely visit with a lovely friend.
For the next round of letters, the art supplies are coming out. Lindsey of Postman’s Knock inspired me to buy some art masking fluid and it has arrived. A new art adventure for me! Fun will be had by all, which is to say me and, hopefully, whoever finds my creations in their mailboxes.
May 12, 2013 § 11 Comments
On a recent rainy day, I found myself–not for the first time–flipping through a bulb catalog and being seduced by the gorgeous photos of brilliantly colored and artfully arranged flowers. Because I have ordered bulbs from this company in the past, there was a coupon promising $25 of free bulbs if I ordered $25 of bulbs. Very tempting. But then I remembered that the catalog was designed to take advantage of my spring flower-madness. While it shows much gorgeousness, it glosses over the fact that the bulbs will not arrive until the fall, often during a stretch of terrible weather or at a time when I am unusually busy, and that they will look like bulbs, not visions of springtime loveliness. It makes no mention of how my garden will be an end-of-season mess and I will have neglected to mark or make notes about which bulbs I currently have planted where. But I have faced this catalog before, you see, so I’m onto the wily ways of this spring-drenched siren. I know–I know–that spring-time catalog flipping can very easily lead to me stalking laps around my yard in blustery November weather before plunging in willy-nilly and wedging the new bulbs into a space that may seem illogical and ill-chosen in the light of the following spring.
So, this year, instead of ordering bulbs, I got my scissors and cut that catalog into bright and joyful little pieces. No cold and muddy fingers, no crowded plantings, no delay. Just flowery goodness ready to share immediately.
These fresh specimens have been sent out into the wider world and I’ve laid by a stash of cheerful flowered envelopes that are just waiting for a moment in the sun. In other news, my garden in the dirt is blooming, too. Growing things makes me happy. You?
August 4, 2012 § 5 Comments
I am more a writer than an artist. I still marvel at how illustrators, comic book artists, and others with that incredible set of spacial-visual skills can replicate the same character repeatedly. My own forays into art tend to be one-off creations and it’s not uncommon for me to feel like I don’t quite manage to capture how the idea looked inside my head. But I like making stuff.
Here are some of my recent creations:
Cutting and pasting is just my style. What’s yours?
April 13, 2012 § 4 Comments
Yesterday I received an unexpected piece of mail from PostMuse.
When I opened up the gorgeous envelope two things happened.
First, I was tickled to discover that it was made from an old calendar page (note to self: spend some time making envelopes), which made the back of the envelope make sense.
Second, I was reminded that, in fact, this was an expected piece of mail. I had offered to adopt a couple postcards from PostMuse’s Orphaned Postcard Project and she had sent them my way.
If you haven’t heard of this project, here’s the gist. Several years ago, PostMuse decided that she wanted to do something above and beyond accumulating dust with her enormous postcard collection. So, she created an amazing database to inventory her collection and invited people to adopt postcards that they relate to in some way. I trolled through the list, found two that appealed to me, and sent her an adoption request. Now that they have arrived, it’s my job to write and mail them back to PostMuse. One more way to achieve Action #7 for 2012.
Intrigued? You, too, can adopt postcards and be a part of this neat project! Even if you’re not interested in participating, take a look at the Orphaned Postcard Project blog to see a selection of the postcards that have been sent out, had a postal adventure or two, and returned with stories to tell.
January 11, 2012 § 2 Comments
Look! I’ve been working on one of my Things to Do in 2012:
My entry for Positively Postal’s A-Z of U.K. Mailart Competition is just about ready to be sent! I hadn’t water colored in ages, but this was a lot of fun.
If you’re interested in entering, you still have time. Entries will be accepted until January 31st, 2012.