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Mail art – a lovely surprise!

Just a quick follow-up to the mail art contest I mentioned earlier this week, over at isavirtue… I won! What a lovely surprise, and thank you so much to everyone who voted!

If you haven’t checked out Kaitlyn’s blog yet, do head over for a look. Her blog design is pretty and she features a lot of great art… I’m a fan.

Mail art, part two – the contest!

Here’s the envelope I mentioned the other day that I created for Kaitlyn Patience’s mail art contest at isavirtue. The theme was “secret admirer,” so I thought of an envelope within an envelope… someone holding a letter behind their back, maybe hiding it, or shy about giving it to the object of their affection.

I left it to the night before the deadline (I’m not called The Procrastinatrix for nothing!) so I put it together quickly, but it was a fun project. Mike was my hand model. That’s a photo of his hand, and a scan of blue jeans. I cut a flower from a sheet of patterned paper, enhanced it with watercolour pencils, and painted a stem on the envelope. As a finishing touch, I used a rubber stamp of a French postmark.

I painted the back of the envelope, too… a wax seal with a heart, and a “confidential” stamp.

All the contest entries are posted at isavirtue.  There’s quite a variety of media and styles in the display, and a poll to vote for the winner, so head on over there and vote for mine your favourite!

Mail art

A few weeks ago I spent an enjoyable afternoon at one of my favourite galleries, the Victoria Emerging Art Gallery, taking part in a mail art workshop. Being a long time pen pal, and a fan of snail mail and handmade envelopes and stationery, of course I had to sign up for this!

There was a table full of beautiful papers and ephemera as well as scissors, glue, stamps and other tools, including a sewing machine (I do love sewing on paper) and a typewriter. After an introduction by Kaitlyn Patience we spent a couple of hours of cutting, pasting, embossing, sewing, etc… accompanied by the nostalgic thunk-thunk of the typewriter. Isn’t it a beauty?

I also discovered a new gadget I MUST have, a great little combination cutter/embosser. I tell you, I nearly heard angels singing the first time I used it!

It was fun to spend a couple of hours just playing around with paper. I hadn’t been feeling terribly creative that day, and decided to go with no expectations and just see what developed. It was a reminder that it’s important to make time for “play”… not worrying about the finished product, just enjoying the process and the materials you’re using. I left with the beginnings of a card and a couple of envelopes… the card I will finish, the envelopes I plan to re-construct into something else.

Kaitlyn was also hosting a mail art contest with a “secret admirer” theme. The submissions will be featured on her blog soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone came up with! In the meantime here is a peek at my entry: