This year I participated in the annual handmade postcard exchange created and coordinated by iHanna.nu and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mail and loves playing with paper. I received postcards from around the world (see the last two pictures in the gallery below for some of the postcards I received). You can check out a couple of the artists who I was lucky enough to receive cards from here.
Monique Houlmann sent my favorite card from France.
Quinn McDonald is an artist I have long admired and I love her work featured in Stampington magazines.
I find that I work well under a deadline and this experience was no exception. I made the ten postcards that I sent across the world over two days. I used collage, my Silhouette Cameo, metal, paper ephemera and fibers, photography and digital techniques including PhotoShop on my computer and PhotoShop Touch on my iPad. I even dropped in a paragraph from my WIP on one of them
And it was fun!
I am very new to digital art. I have been teaching myself PhotoShop and Adobe Illustrator over the last few months, but I am so very far from expert. I am considering taking an online course. I would love to take a practical, hands on class, but I travel so much for work that I simply can’t sign up for anything that requires that I am available on a given day or time on a regular basis.
I have one of the postcards propped up on my desk, reminding me every day that I love to create with my hands. I love words, I love paper and I love mail.
Are you in love with mail; paper mail with stamps and ink and written words, as much as I am?