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.