Postcards

Briana from Orange Spiral Arts read my Mail Art post and asked if I would be up for a mail art exchange. We connected over email to work out the details and here is the result of our collaboration:

The top postcard is the one I sent to Briana to alter. (Below it are the envelope and a secret message I tucked in with the postcard.) Luckily, this photo was taken by Briana. I didn't photograph my postcard before I mailed it to her. Beginner's mistake?

The top postcard is the one I sent to Briana to alter. (Below it are the envelope and a secret message I tucked in with the postcard.) Luckily, this photo was taken by Briana. I didn't photograph my postcard before I mailed it to her. Beginner's mistake?

Front of my postcard after Briana altered it. I did end up signing it under the SIGN HERE note.

Front of my postcard after Briana altered it. I did end up signing it under the SIGN HERE note.

Back of my postcard after Briana altered it. This is the postcard I got to keep. I am currently using it as a bookmark as I read through The Artist's Way. It makes me so happy seeing the bright colours peeking out from the top of the book. 

Back of my postcard after Briana altered it. This is the postcard I got to keep. I am currently using it as a bookmark as I read through The Artist's Way. It makes me so happy seeing the bright colours peeking out from the top of the book. 

Front of Briana's postcard, sent to me to alter. Photo by Briana. 

Front of Briana's postcard, sent to me to alter. Photo by Briana. 

Back of Briana's postcard, sent to me to alter. Photo by Briana. 

Back of Briana's postcard, sent to me to alter. Photo by Briana. 

Front of Briana's postcard after I altered it. 

Front of Briana's postcard after I altered it. 

Back of Briana's postcard after I altered it. This is the postcard Briana kept. 

Back of Briana's postcard after I altered it. This is the postcard Briana kept. 

I really enjoyed the anticipation of what we would make together and seeing the results. There were times I felt a little nervous as I worked, wondering if I was doing this mail art thing "right" and wondering if I was covering up too much of what Briana made, especially on the address side that has to be altered quite a bit so a new address can be added. It was a good practice to trust myself and accept that I was going to need to do it my own way.

This project was so fun, I decided to tweak it a little and add a coursework option to The Magic School where we can alter a postcard together in the theme of your favorite fiction book. Care to jump into a portal with me and practice our Artist As Magician skills? You can find the coursework HERE.

Also, while I'm at it, I wanted to share a postcard MailArt book that I got from the library and keep extending my hold on it, because I love it so much. It's called Dear Data.