Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy Halloween from Maurice Mouse

Thanks, Eva, for this fantastic Maurice Mouse postcard, and the nice message on the back :)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

K is for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is celebrated in the US from December 26 to January 1. See the associated wikipedia page for more info. USPS has issued several stamps over the years. The current one, issued in 2016, caught Heleen's eye, and she had asked me (a long time ago) to send her some on mail. I hadn't forgotten, and I thought this page of fruit from a coloring calendar would work with the stamps.

I used inktense pencils to color the page, then afterwards went over it with a wet paintbrush to bring out the colors.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

MMSA envelope from Yayoi

So much fun hosting a swap when cool envelopes like this arrive in the mail. And glad to hear you're enjoying the blog, Yayoi ;)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

An MMSA envelope from Jeanette

Another envelope containing envelopes for an upcoming MMSA swap. This nicely illustrated one is from Jeanette, and she used one of the Disney villain stamps as an added bonus.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

An MMSA envelope from Eric

I am hosting a hand made envelope swap via Mail Me Some Art. Some of the participants have used really nice envelopes to send their items.

Here's one from Eric. I love the envelope, and even more impressive is how well-matched the stamps are.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

J is for Jimi Hendrix

Philippe C heard about the Jimi Hendrix stamps - I think from one of my paper bag envelopes I sent to Eric - and asked if I would send him some mail art using the stamp.

This is what I came up with using the selvage to create a different view on one side:

And the stamps on the other.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Food mail art from Jean, part 2

Yesterday's envelope from Jean contained this beast envelope which was returned to her. I'm not sure why it didn't make it, because it sends pretty clearly addressed to me compared to some mail i get. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Food mail from Jean, part 1

Great paper bag envelope from Jean.

To see what was inside, check back tomorrow. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pretty bad mail art

That's what it says on my first piece of mail art from Jimmy Connors, an IUOMA member.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Halloween flashback

'tis the month of witches, warlocks, potions and spells.

Here's envelope 833 that I sent to Heleen last year.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I is for Ingrid Bergman

Initially I was going to use this for the letter J, a joint issue between the US and Sweden, commemorating Ingrid Bergman. You'll have to wait and see what took its place for J next week.

The US issue consisted of one stamp, whereas there were two from Sweden. As with some other joint issues, the Swedish stamps were available to purchase via USPS. While they are not acceptable for postage, it is allowed to put them on envelopes, and I thought that Heleen (and previously Eva) would like them.

I think this collage, Face off V, was inside.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A sun from Philippe

Philippe sent me this wonderful envelope. I love how he took the colors from the stamp (which has its own sun scene) to create this sun mail art.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The sofa series

A humorous card from Stripygoose, labeled as number one of her Sofa Series.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Squirrel time!

Definitely that time of year when squirrels are getting more active as they prepare for winter... and squirrels in the mail, too.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How many pieces of mail art have you sent?

I only keep count of the smaller size envelopes I make by hand.

I think Philippe counts everything...

I love how he chooses his colors and turns each number into something abstract.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eclipse pictorial postmarks

I sent eclipse mail for the August envelope exchange, as well as to many of my mail art friends.

Here's my envelope to Jean before posting.

And I made use of the many special postmarks available for what was, in my opinion, the best 2 minutes of 2017, and chose 3 of my favorites. They seem to have arrived at their destinations by now.

Eva blogged hers...

So did Eric...

As well as Heleen, who showed this over at IUOMA.

Thanks for the nice blog posts and comments everyone, I had fun putting this set together.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Do you enjoy abstract mail art?

Lots of questions on my mail art recently - I like abstract art in particular, and also on mail art, and especially when it is one of Philippe's stunning painted creations. 

This one seems to have so much movement in it. I can almost see people on motorbikes racing around a track (leaning into the curve). What do you see?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why do bananas have spots?

(Because they are leopards in disguise!)

Thanks for the mail art and great joke, Limner.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More minions!

This time the minions were stamped with round stamps - the golf ball and the global stamp from 2013.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The rest of the August exchange envelopes

Yesterday I showed the fun golf envelope.

The rest of August's haul is below.

Scientific code from Jean.

Pollination from Kate.

Outer space from Kathy (enlarge to check out the little added stars and planets).

A doodle from Bug.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

G is for Golf

From the fun set of 'Have a Ball' sports stamps, here's a very clever envelope I received in the August envelope exchange from Lynne. 

Each stamp has some texture to it as well - on the golf stamp you can feel the dimples really well.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


In from BonnieDiva - a homemade envelope containing an entertaining collage.