21 May

This week was so busy in mail art land… there was so much, I decided to split it into two blog posts. This one chronicles the outgoing mail art from me that arrived in my friend’s post boxes this past week. First up is Rhya Tamasauskas (aka @rhyat), who was more than deserving of some mail after the constant treats she’s been sending me. A 70’s party time postcard kicked it all off and was followed immediately by postcards from Norway and Williams Lake Stampede, a collection of wacky stickers (including sunglass wearing bananas), a copy of my latest zine, a bookmark, and the real gem of the bunch: a set of Hannah Montana magnets! Nick Ooysten got another injection of flare for his scotty burger uniform! I think he’s going to need a new hat soon, because I don’t know where he’s going to fit all of the awesome buttons and pins I keep sending him. These 3 beauties were found in at a thrift store down in Lac Le Hache. $0.75 each, a right steal & perfect for my dearly missed pal. Kirsty Ramsbottom (aka @dottynoggin) got her first injection of mail art amongst her flyers and bills this week. Of course, a fabulous who? HOO! zine with some awesome stickers, hilarious butterfly temporary tattoos, a sexy 70’s blue blouse-toting babe, an old scotch add with obscure illos and of course a postcard with a little note. I stuffed all of this fun into one of my hand made envelopes from an old DIY post. Serena Van Vranken (aka @almostmonday) must have a secret arrangement with the post office because my reply letter practically teleported itself to her! Or perhaps it was the extra wing power with the owl zine hiding within! Sent along with those adorable winged creatures were several cool graffiti tag stickers, some wee penguin and tree stickers, a classic llama page, a butterfly card & a quotefalls activity page in case she ever gets bored. All wrapped in yet another one of my DIY envelopes. After winning a t-shirt for the “secrets” contest, I had to send ezerd (aka @ezerd) a small thank you. She LOVED the 70’s ski-doo advert I sent in her last mail art package, so I thought I’d add to her collection with this next beauty. Starts with “Guts. That’s what it takes to get to the North Pole” HAHAHA and finishes off with “When you look at all the facts, ski-doo ’72, has more going for you.” Yes! Instant win. The fabulous Crystal Plett (aka @thehouseofheart)finally got her first envelope from me and I was so excited because this girl is a true sweetheart. She is exactly the type of pen pal I look for creative, unique and genuine! I was putting this package together shortly after the royal wedding, and so I sent her a handmade envelope with a church official and the queen reading off the addresses on the front. Inside was a typical pile of fun which included an owl zine, a round playing card, stickers, found objects, an etching of mine turned bookmark, a little note and a polaroid altered with drawing and collage. Marcus Jackson (aka @luckyjackpress) is a good friend from my BFA days and got my special reply envelope late this week. I’d been collecting a small lot of classic hunting ephemera for him as it often is a source of inspiration in his work. I also included both my zines upon his request and drew a cropped coyote portrait in ink on a sheet of cork, because it is his favorite animal. I stuffed it all (barely) into a classic airmail envelope, sealed it with washi tape and stamped his address on the front with bright red ink.  I’ve still got a few envelopes making their way to destinations… some in particular that I am growing impatient about. Am also working on new envelopes for recently added pen pals and also need to reply to five friends, so more mail art will be making it’s way out soon. I have heard rumours of a postal strike here in Canada next week, but I hope they get it all sorted out so it doesn’t impede the fun at anyone’s mailbox… including mine!

9 Responses to “outgoing”

  1. Kye Sangha 21/05/2011 at 15:16 #

    What a fun & lovely batch of good stuff~ I am so looking forward to *my* package~ & to getting to know you more & more!

    • naturesmyfriend 21/05/2011 at 15:20 #

      Thanks Ky! yes i hope it arrives soon, it was actually sent a few days before most of the one above… and yours is one of the envelopes I mentioned I was getting impatient about. Next week let’s hope :)

  2. ezerd 21/05/2011 at 15:29 #

    Guts. Love it! Thank you!

  3. Michelle 21/05/2011 at 19:06 #

    You’re properly lovely, you are!

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 21/05/2011 at 19:19 #

    Love seeing the funky envelopes in action. Especially crushing on the Queen envelope with the speech bubbles.

    If you ever come out this way I will take you to the hoarder’s junk shop. There were so many things there that made me think of you.

    What thickness of paper do you use for the envelopes? Do magazine pages work or do you use thicker paper stock. Also, (can’t remember if you wrote this in your envelope instruction post) what kind of glue do you use?

    • naturesmyfriend 21/05/2011 at 19:33 #

      When it comes to envelopes, obviously the thicker the paper, the better. Thinner paper can sometimes fail at holding up to the rough mailing process and this means you run the risk of losing the precious items you enclose.

      Here are a few suggestions though if you do want to use a thinner paper:
      1. Try to mail an EVEN envelope, if there’s a bulge or a thicker area, the paper is prone to rip along the edge of thicker objects.
      2. Reinforce the folded-over edges with a tape (have fun with it and use washi tape or patterned tape to pretty it up even more)!
      3. For extra security add a cardboard lining inside to reinforce the shape and to increase its sturdiness.

      I seal my envelopes with double sided tape but a glue stick works fine, just be careful not to be excessive. Hope that helps :D

      Would love to go thrift shopping with you and have taken note of your royal jealousy for a future mail art package…

  5. anika 21/05/2011 at 19:24 #

    another great round of mail art! I like how each one is really different. I don’t have enough of a variety of goodies collected to make the packets I send out so unique (although I do try to mix it up where I can). I’m getting anxious about the collab getting here, but I have faith: NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE WEEK!!!

  6. Rhya 23/05/2011 at 09:22 #

    Love love love my package!!!
    especially my hanna montana mags! woot woot! and of course your beautiful zine!
    making your next one soon!!!

  7. Serena 23/05/2011 at 13:19 #

    I loved mine!!! Thank you!!

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