I'm inspired by all I experience. I believe most of us are like this. We all respond to what is around us in one form or another. In this world of letter writing I'm also inspired by those I correspond with. It can be something they say or do in their letters that can start the wheels in my head turning.
"When this happens I let it stew for
a bit to see what will develop."
In this case I already had Steampunk bubbling on the brain for weeks. (Google "Steampunk" images if you've never heard of it.) My creative imagination paired that with my correspondent. Then it stewed for a few more weeks until I had to put pencil to paper...
Letters, Letter, Letters! That's why we're all here right? No wait, it's about
MailArt, MailArt, MailArt! Right? See the thing is I'm not quite sure actually. Is it all that or is it the "POST" part? Hmmm...
I think it might be several things combined that has us all addicted to this art of correspondence. The fact that something was miles away in someone else's hands and now in yours... there is something so palpable about that. When was the last time you held a Gigabit and felt all giggly?
The time it takes to write and create mail, that too is heartwarming— to have someone invest towards you. And it's a little more singularly focused than your average internet post. So then, it's not so much what goes through the post, but just so that it does.
"This month is the birthday of someone
very dear to my heart. So dear, ONE piece
of mail alone just wouldn't do."
I KNOW YOU HAVE OCCASIONS LIKE THIS. So maybe you want to do what I TRY to do, and that is to add an element of surprise to my mail....
OK, so on top of the fact that I insist on using my two reams of really bad paper to make my envelopes (hence all the ink bleeding in my calligraphy), things sometimes just get messy.
After you spend time making your letter just perfect things just happen.
"You have to roll with the stamps here."
Today I decided that instead of an ink blot I was gonna send off an INK WHISPER! =) You just have to turn it around. The way I see it, this person probably never had an Ink Whisper (can't you hear it?) sent to them in their whole life, and here I am helping them get that off their bucket list and stuff.
I'm sure you have stories from your desk blotter. What have you turned into a positive? —Keep Scribbling!
In this test I'm using the brass seal I just purchased and the sample wax that came with it from www.waxseals.com. To keep things simple, I'll say they offer two types of wax. Flexible and Breakable. Flexible is a modern version so that your seal will not crack under postal machine stomping before it gets to its intended party. NOTE:
"It is an expected practice that your seal be INSIDE your mailing envelope..."
NOT exposed on the outside. Here is a sample of the Breakable Wax:
I've received my brass Seal! Yeeeears ago I ordered from this same company. Back then I purchased their 'peel-and-stick' seals. They are not wax but a sort or resin. More on that in a later post. The company is www.waxseals.com.
My order included, the Brass Seal, Wood handle (permanent), Sample Flexible wax (all 3 sticks are the same, you get to choose what color when you order. This free sample offer may not always be available), One sample of my design on their 'peel-and-stick' seals, Instructions, and their business card. All in a Black velvet pouch.
"This company gives many
options on just about everything."
I chose to order a permanent handle. They offer removable....
I have become fanatical about Sealing Wax and Seal Stamps. Locally I’m not finding much outside of an Initial letter or Fluer de lis stamp (which I love). But I’m all about verity in my work and that seems to be spilling over into the esthetic of my letters. So no surprise here that I’ve begun making my own stamps too. There is no ONE way to make them. Researching online, you'll find a variety of methods and materials.
But in the spirit of repurposing (yet another passion), I usually ask myself “What do I have around here that I can use?” before making a store run. (I can not tell you how thrilling it is to use what I’ve got, regardless of the project I’m working on.) Between my Studio and ‘lil Workshop you’d be amazed what I can come up with.
I’ve managed to make about 4 stamps so far by using materials I have along with one trip to Hobby Lobby for some pendants.
"So here is the big thing
about what makes the grade
for a good potential stamp..."
This is just my opinion, but a stamp should be engraved into instead of embossed outward. Does that make sense? I’ll explain.
A wax stick acquired from a known arts & crafts store seems very flammable. When using the wick method it scorches my paper. I stopped dropping wax on this one so you would see the burned paper. I HAVE on occasion just kept making the seal and smudged the wax over it to cover up the burns. Not ideal though.
Here is a demo of what usually happens when I use the wick from this wax:
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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