Tag Archives: Mail art

making mail

1 Feb

mailartjan20142Sometimes it’s good to just make something, anything really,  just to get your hands busy again: touching paper, holding pens, channeling ideas… perhaps this is why I always turn to mail art when I’m yearning to create but am too pensive to settle on an idea. Mail art is accessible because there really are no rules, apart from having to write legible addresses and attach proper postage, the activity is basically open-ended. Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 10.28.06 AMIt felt good to get a giant mess going on my drafting table. I find this to be a catalyst that is highly motivating: art supplies strewn every which way (ready for you at any moments notice) allowing you to just cut, glue, draw, paint, etc, without much premeditation. Colors, patterns and text emerge together, creating a cohesive little greeting. In a way, I believe these thoughtfully crafted letters sometimes can echo the creativity of a little painting, filled with details, depth, attention and tone. mailartjan2014Sealing a dozen envelopes and sticking stamps to plenty of postcards allowed me to feel at ease with my current creative mind-state. Putting something together with my two paws is always satisfying. What’s even better though is knowing that these little bits of paper I’ve scribbled on will soon make many of my friends smile.

new stationery & print giveaway

26 Jan

stationeryblog1Happy Sunday friends. I am an excited girl this morning, as I get to finally publish my new stationery line! All of the designs are my own original illustrations or hand-pulled prints. Available are gorgeous, glossy, thick card-stock postcards as well as colourful, matte, half-fold greeting cards printed on sturdy Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. Each comes with it’s own hand-stamped kraft brown envelope made from 100% post-consumer waste. stationeryblog3They are perfect for writing a thoughtful note, sending as a snail mail surprise to a friend, pinning up like a mini-poster on the wall or framing as a small work of art! I have over 20 designs for you to choose from, and have plenty of bundle pack options if you’d like to own more than one! Below are links to each specific listing but if you want to jut see the whole stationery section and browse it yourself, click here. stationeryblog2To celebrate the launch, I am doing an awesome giveaway: anyone who makes a purchase in the next week will automatically be entered to win the limited edition hand-pulled print (seen below) with free shipping and all! Who doesn’t love owls and handmade deliciousness? To learn more about this print, the hand carved block and the printing process, read this blog post about its creation! barnowlprintAs an extra little incentive to encourage you to scoop up some of the new stationery, I’ve created a coupon: save 15% by entering “SENDMOREMAIL” at the checkout. The coupon will be valid until February 1st at midnight, the same duration as the print giveaway! Good luck in the giveaway and have fun in the shop. Below are the direct links to all of the stationery available in my shop, if you want to get straight to the specific goods you like.

♢ POSTCARD IMAGE OPTIONS ♢
▻ 1 tree swallow : http://etsy.me/1eL8MZS
▻ 2 raven “croak” : http://etsy.me/1hUUkj2
▻ 3 pair or paws : http://etsy.me/1fbLdtV
▻ 4 wolf “howl” : http://etsy.me/1jJDYuh
▻ 5 blackbird and poem : http://etsy.me/1dBbnBy
▻ 6 animal kingdom (bear) : http://etsy.me/1juqZyS
▻ 7 elk and cardinals : http://etsy.me/1dWIaXR
▻ 8 horned owl “screech” : http://etsy.me/KQmmA9
▻ 9 caribou and bluebirds : http://etsy.me/1l8svsi
▻ 10 animal kingdom (lion) : http://etsy.me/1dCTfqU
▻ 11 paw and hand : http://etsy.me/1htfX9l
▻ 12 wolf and moon : http://etsy.me/1dWIaXR
▻ 13 silver fox : http://etsy.me/1ejzuWi
▻ 14 red fox “bark” : http://etsy.me/1huEXgq
▻ 15 horned owl (purple) : http://etsy.me/1eLf8br

▻ get 3 for $13 or get 5 for $20 here: http://etsy.me/1dBaFEh
▻ get 10 for $35 here: http://etsy.me/KUwacV
▻ get all 15 for $45 here: http://etsy.me/1hxc2sd

♢ GREETING CARD IMAGE OPTIONS ♢
▻ 1 pair of rabbits : http://etsy.me/1e5JKFb
▻ 2 pair of deer : http://etsy.me/1jQkIeJ
▻ 3 pair of red foxes : http://etsy.me/1cgfd7o
▻ 4 pair of gray wolves : http://etsy.me/1jwuTra
▻ 5 pair of big horned sheep : http://etsy.me/1iyBcu0
▻ 6 pair of grizzly bears : http://etsy.me/1hYoEcO

▻ get 3 for $13 : http://etsy.me/KW7TTh
▻ get all 6 for $20 here: http://etsy.me/1e5JNB3
▻ get them individually here: http://etsy.me/1afg61b

postal pretties

11 Jul

Sent a big pile of mail out at the beginning of last month, and shared a few of them in this post here. Here’s a peek at a few more of the pretty paper parcels that landed in some of my penpals’ postboxes. DSCN0012 DSCN0013 DSCN0002 DSCN0006 DSCN0005Sent with love to: Jillian Hermansen, Julie Merilatt & Shari Taft.

*A little mail art side note for all of my penpals: my mail will be forwarded from my old address to my new one for the next 4 months, so feel free to send envelopes there or e-mail me to get the new one. xo