|Mail Art by Alton DuLaney. April 2013.|
April is National Letter Writing Month, or as I prefer to call it, Mail Art Month. It is one of the many times during the year that I try to inspire others to write more letters and send more things via the poste, instead of just 'posting' something on-line. Yes, in this day of instant messaging, texting, and blow-by-blow FaceBook updates, there is still something to be said for the hand-written letter. A hand-written love letter is often a cherished and preserved keepsake. A text message with a smiley face - not so much. :(
Letter writing is a great way to reconnect with an old friend, express your love for a romantic interest, and keep in touch with acquaintances around the world. It takes just a few minutes to write, and costs just a few cents to send, and for the recipient it is almost like getting a gift in the mail, gift wrap (the envelope) and all. But as well as expressing oneself in what one writes within the letter, there is the blank canvas of the envelope to be personalized, customized, and artistically expressed. Thus the creation of "Mail Art".
|"Mail Box" by Alton DuLaney, April 2013.|
|"Post Office Box" by Alton DuLaney, April 2013.|
|Envelope Liners by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
|Liners for Store-bought cards by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
|Wallpaper Envelope Liners by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
|Map Envelope Liners by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
|Doily Envelope Liners by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
|Note Card Sets by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
|Mail Art by Alton DuLaney April 2013.|
Above, I have used decorative tape from the Scotch Expressions line to create various Mail Art Masterpieces. On some, I use the stamp as the inspiration and decorate the envelope to match. On others I experiment with mixing decorative Washi tape with rubber stamping. I've used masking tape for solid coverage. (Masking, Washi and Magic tape can all be easily written on with permanent ink, making them easy to address.) In other cases I use Printed Packaging tape for a slick, glossy, coverage.(If Printed Packaging tape can dress up a box or parcel, imagine what it can do for the simple envelope!) Again, the only limit to the fun and self-expression one can have, is the imagination.
So during this month of April, National Letter Writing Month a.k.a. Mail Art Month, I encourage everyone to put a smile on someone's face by putting a piece of Art in the Mail. Enjoy!
To buy stamps on-line:
Check out my class on the Written Word as part of PaperArts on Craftsy.com: