I love mail. Every day when I head down to the mailbox I get a little bit excited even though I know that most likely the only thing I'll find is junk mail and bills. But maybe, just maybe, there will be a letter or a card.
There is something so completely mundane and magical about mail. In a world where content travels as fast as you can produce it, the fact that a letter actually moves through space as a physical object is pretty amazing. And yet, even with stamps and stationary at the ready, I never seem to send anything out myself. I'll have great plans of sitting down to write something, and inevitably, too much time passes so I opt for the instant world of email to get my thoughts across. Right. That. Moment.
That is exactly where Mail Art comes in handy. Since it's something that doesn't have to be specific to one particular person, it can be done ahead of time so that you have a stack ready to pick up and send out whenever you have the whim. Making art based cards and postcards is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. . .
. . . whether it's painting with bubbles. . .
. . . making a collage, a drawing, a poem, a painting. . .
. . .or a line of typed words on a page. . .
. . . it gets the most important point across: you are thinking about someone and you're sending a piece of yourself to visit.
A few suggestions to get started:
- Make Maps (free template download at the bottom of post)
- Paint your favorite bugs or plants
- Make collages
- Start a movement
- Draw short comic strips
- Write poems
- Bubble Painting
- Make 30 second drawings
- Make leaf rubbings
- Have fun!
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