I love sending and receiving postcards, and for quite a while was looking unsuccessfully for some kind of 'postcard swop' blog site in the UK. (If you know of one, please let me know).
Then Karen Isaacson click here for Karen told me about Collabor-ART http://collabor-art.blogspot.co.uk which is great, more than just a postcard swop site. (Wow, I've just learned how to do these links, so pleased with myself!)
And a week or so ago I received my first postcard - from Donna, a giant postcard 8.5" x 6" on thick card, click here for Donna
It's just about the best postcard I've received, with so much to look at on it, and I love all the different cross-hatchings.
With permission from Donna Rodgers
I always appreciate and enjoy images that set a background story about the picture going in my mind, and this is a mysterious story.
And there was even plenty to read on the reverse side.
I really liked her message to the postman on the right-hand side. It made me think of Karen Carpenter's song 'Mr Postman' ... 'deliver the letter, the sooner the better'. I'm sure our postie enjoyed looking at the card before he popped it into our mailbox.
Thank you so much Donna, I treasure it.
And now for the one I sent - here's a little out-take:
The way the mail art postcard works is that having received a card, my postcard would be to the next person on the list, and mine was to Clare Click here for Clare.
I'm not a stamper, so it's just one of my red and black drawings, again at 8.5" x 6" on mount board. The background is actually white, but the scanner was determined to render it as grey, and even Photoshop didn't help much.
The 'rules' for the mail art are that the card must be sent without a covering envelope, and I hated putting it into the post to chance getting dirty, or rained on or abducted by aliens. But it seemed to arrive safely, so once again in life it proves that I worry too much about some things.
He looked a bit stumped for a polite comment, and then said 'What kind of a mind do you think you have, Jez?"
I said "Weird?", and he said with relief, "Yes, weird".
But I drew him a special one for a card last week when he had to go to hospital for a few days ..... and he loved it!
Can't wait to sign on again for another mail art swap.