I do not consider myself a rubber stamper. I have a few small themed-sets for MailArt purposes that are available at just about any arts and crafts store, but I'm not huge about them. I proved this to myself when I recently attended a Rubber Stamp show. I came out saying,
"These folks are serious!" LOL.
I had oodles of fun meandering about and enjoying how much Rubber Stampers really do adore their stamps. I can respect their enthusiasm and tip my hat to all they create with them!
That being said, I have a ton on my plate! I must save time. So I started with a custom rubber stamp of my return address. I figured it would help me not have to turn my computer on just to print my logo on an envelope. Many months later I now have to admit I'm a little more addicted to custom designing my rubber stamps then I could have imagined. So I thought I'd introduce this concept to you on the IQS blog. It's easier and not as pricy as you might think. They can be practical and fun!
Creating awesome works of art is a wonderful thing. But for all the time spent, why not get more mileage out of them by reproducing it? This is not a new concept. Pen-pallers have been "photo copying" such things and adding them to their letters since Xerox came on the scene in 1959. The above two pieces are not the original, but reproductions done on a home printer. (They look a little different in color because the papers used are different from one another.)
With today's technology, you have more options than just a photocopy...
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....
A quick thank you to Illustrator Kyle Hilton for providing some of his paper dolls for free. In the world of letter writing and Tea... Downton has come into play, and what better way to pay tribute to all these combined then to send some of these paper dolls via Post.
As a MailArt addict I have to make these part of my....
Paolo is a plant. I recently featured him in one of my letters, to which a portrait or likeness was needed to carry off the little witty banter I had going. I wanted something three dimensional but needed it to lay flat to send through the post. This was my solution.
"You can apply this to anything you'd like to make three dimensional for your penpal."
The basic supply list is as follows:
It's the day after Christmas and I'm finalizing my New Year's cards. My list isn't as long as some, but they still take work. I completed the graphite drawing of my turtle (original sketch here), designed the card via Desktop program, and I've printed them out in a few different formats. Some as folded cards and others as post cards. They will all go in their respective envelopes.
I sure wish I were more ready with my calligraphy to address them beautifully, but
"...sometimes you just
have to accept
that you don't have the time."
My idea was to have a quote that supported my Slowing Down message.
It's so wonderful to be able to cheer someone in a way unlike any other. There is just nothing quite like a letter. This is going out to someone needing some encouragement. I'm sorry it's not a better shot. I was in a dash to get to the post office after spending quite some time on drawing this by hand in graphite.
In my graphite work I never use a stomp blender or my fingers for shading. Just my opinion, but that's cheating.
"Instead I use a variety
of soft and hard graphite grades."
Including different sharpened points, and varying pressure.
I've decided on sending out New Years cards this season. I already have in mind what I will design. I actually do not want red, green, gold.... Instead I see it as a graphite drawing with no color. The thought the card will convey will be "Slowing Down".
Besides nostalgia, Slowing Down was my initial motivation behind letter writing. It takes time and thought to write a letter. I've always been a speedy gonzales, but there are many wonderful things to be lost or missed in a hurry. Above is my preliminary doodle.
Have you thought about your Holiday Cards yet? Keep Scribbling!
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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