Thursday, March 7, 2013

AlphabeThursday - P is for Postal Art


Postal art, also know as mail art, includes sending art through the mail, making your own postage and postcards, and using envelopes as a canvas.  In Lesson 4 in my Fantasy Faux Mail class, we first took old envelopes and painted on them.  Then, our instructor gave us some templates to use for making portfolios for mixed media postcards.

Let me show you the envelopes I painted.  Unluckily, I didn't have any with neat cursive writing on the front, but there were "cues" that I took from the ones I found, which helped me tell stories with my art.  Something I always like to do.



This legal envelope with the see-through window was from the Navy Department.  I decided to use it for the cover of my art journal, and put the date (year) in the window.   



This envelope was addressed to a local veterinarian, from the School of Veterinary Medicine.  He probably attended school there.



And the last envelope had a star with the return address on it (the address I “photoshoped” out to protect the innocent).  In the middle of the star are the initials P.E.O.  I looked it up after I finished and found out it stands for Professional Employer Organization - nothing to do with guns and violence.  The star reminded me of a sheriff’s badge, and that’s where I came up with my envelope's theme.  Very relevant to what’s happening in the U.S. right now.

I've never thought of myself as an artist, but have learned that if you're patient and draw in pencil first, you can copy just about anything on paper.  I challenge you, give it a try!  



This post was for AlphabeThursday, found at Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent...  Come by and see what others are thinking about, when faced with the Letter P.

14 comments:

Erin said...

Brilliant! So creative. I love them!

Crafty Gardener said...

It would be fascinating to receive one of these envelopes in the mail. What a neat idea.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Really cool -- love that puppy!

Karen S. said...

Now this is awesome!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

very cool....

Stacia said...

What a great idea ... something to do this summer with my kiddos, for sure!

Memories for Life said...

What fun pieces! I love the little doggie and paw print :)

Tracy Cook said...

What a brilliant post I would love to have a journal like. Hat .

BeadedTail said...

I think you're an artist! Love the dog one but they are all very clever Deb!

Kara said...


Very cool. always love how pretty the stamps are.

Peg said...

I took a calligraphy class where we decorated envelopes and addressed them in fancy script. Kinda fun... lots of work that I hated to think the recipient could toss in the trash!

Sue said...

Nice work!

=)

Splendid Little Stars said...

ah, but you ARE an artist! I love looking at all the wonderful items you are creating! The envelopes look like such fun!

Jenny said...

It would be particularly fun to get mail like this!

I often use gift wrap for packages and color all over the label!

But I've never taken the time to decorate an envelope!

I'm going to give this a go!

Thanks for sharing your fabulous talents with us!

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