Friday, November 15, 2013

Mail Art

I heard someone say the other day that all they ever get in the mail are bills and trash mail. And when I thought about it, I agreed and thought that needs to change. A few years ago I was very involved with trading Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and I remembered how exciting it was to get an interesting envelope in the mail.

I had just purchased some really cool stamps and thought this would be a cool way to try them out. I didn't have a lot of time to spend creating so I decided to see what I could come up with in a half hour. Using stamps from RubberMoon, a really cool stamp company that has whimsical and fun stamps, I sent a bit of happiness off into the world. Here's how I did it:

I started with a blank envelope

And thought that this stamp would be a cool way to highlight the address

Then I added the Sun stamp and a Post stamp

On the back of the envelope I used my very favorite RubberMoon stamp (on the left), the Moon, and in the center the stamp says "Messages from the Center of the Universe". The moon stamp on the right side has a lot of character too

Back to the front again to add the little elfin

This India Ink is waterproof so you can color and paint over it. On the left is a stack of baby wipes that I use to wipe off my stamps to keep them clean

So far, I spent 10 minutes and used these RubberMoon stamps. I am amazed at how quickly you can change a surface with stamping. If you're interested, you can find all of these stamps in RubberMoon's online shop.

Out come the watercolor pencils - this brand is awesome if you want control and great color

I bought a small set and the color range is nice. However, I can see that I will probably expand to a larger set soon!

So, in a few minutes I colored in all of the stamps, took a tad bit of water (and I mean a really really small tad) on a thin paintbrush and brought all of the colors to life

Then I colored in the front and

Added a few drops of water. In less than a half hour I created a simple design that will make people smile when they see it. Even the mailman loved it! Time for a little love note to pop inside and a stamp...

I would love your comments and am curious to know if you ever send mail art. Thanks so much for reading my post. peace...Brenda