I used to collect postcards when I was very little. I kept them in a photo album. This was at a time in my life when our family was traveling a lot, and so it was a neat way to document our travels.
I think there is some adventure to a card that travels without an envelope. It is like daring to hide in plain sight, vulnerably susceptible to the elements, not to mention curious eyes.
I have been creating some mailart postcards lately. I am gathering bits of interesting papers and putting them in an envelope. I've also been gathering cardboard from packaging that ends up in our recycling bin. I cut the cardboard down to 4x6 (this size takes a postcard stamp to mail) or 5x7 size (this size takes a regular stamp to mail) and then collage over top of it using Golden Fluid Matte Medium.
Most of the postcards I am mailing out to long-time members of the Secret Message Society. Since the theme I've chosen for the Secret Message Society in 2017 is Self-Reliance, I bought a thrifted paperback copy of Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I'm including words cut from it on the front of each postcard.
I wanted to share with you some of the one's I've been making: