Last day of 2017...

This is the time of the year when we all like to make a pause and reflect on what has happened during the last year. For those who defined personal goals at the beginning of 2017, this is also the right time to check what was achieved, and what was not. 

On my side, I will mention three main achievements from the past year. 

First of all, my “paper bag” mail art call has been a blast! But I will come back on this, a bit later in this post. 

Then, I have never been so productive on my blog. I have exceeded the average of one post per day for the full year. 377 posts published in 2017. This is a first for me since the creation of my blog in 2011. And for this I must send a big THANK YOU to all of you. Because your fidelity, your comments, your support have been key in this success. 

And last, but not least, I have tried a lot of new techniques for my mail art. I have discovered new areas, new creative ways of expressing myself. I’m extremely amazed by the progress I have made. Until end of last year, I would say that 99% of my mail art production was digital. No problem with that, but I know a lot of people consider digital art as not “real art” and I really wanted to explore new techniques. In 2017 more than 75% of my mail art production was NOT digital. Painting, collaging, drawing, stenciling, stamping… I tried a lot. With or without success, I don’t know, I will let you judge, but I had so much fun. And this is the key. I do it for FUN. 

So, I’m very satisfied of my what I would call my 2017 artistic journey. 

Let’s come back on the paper bags mail art call. Before giving you any details, let me send a big THANK YOU to all contributors. I have had so much fun receiving all the nice envelopes or cards you made from paper bags. And I had so much fun answering (well to be honest I’m still a bit behind in answering, but I will catch up). So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. 

79 contributors from 16 countries have participated to my call. Leading to 233 items received so far. Yes 233, you read correctly. This means an average of 2,9 sending per contributor. This is amazing! USA, France and Germany are the top countries in term of contributions and contributors. 

So what’s next? Well, feel free to continue sending me mail art made from recycled material. This is always welcome! For 2018 I will launch two new calls, but more details tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the last day of the year.

Sent to Nadine Lenain

An envelope I sent to Nadine, using some techniques I wanted to try since a long time. The envelope is made from a Body Shop paper bag that I have covered with pieces of torn paper. Then I have added some colors with my Tom Holtz crayons and I have added some collage elements. The final result is very different than what I had in mind (and is much better in real life than on the scan).


More paper bags coming

I will soon share with you some statistics about my paper bag mail art project but for today I want to share some of the latest ones I received.
A wonderful Tate bag from Uwe. I love the stamping on the verso.




A baker bag from Christiane Hurel.



From Clover Krajicek, a paper bag that I’m going to use for sure…





Also a paper bag from Teresinha Pereira that I’m going to use.




December exchange: some of the envelopes I received

Here are three of the envelopes I received form the December exchange organized by Jean Wilson.
First from Faye.



Then from Connie



And finally, from Inta.


Exchange with Uwe Klein

Let’s keep the Christmas spirit a little bit longer with this exchange I made with Uwe. Two envelopes made from a Christmas gift bag.

The one sent by Uwe.




And mine.


Christmas wishes part 2

And now the second part.

A nice paper bag envelope from Micu with a handmade card.





A nice paper bag envelope from Jocelyne Depierre


From Vesna Majer




From Elena Signori


And from Uwe Klein


Christmas wishes part 1

Let me wish you a merry Christmas, in case you celebrate it. Today I would like to share the first part of the very nice Christmas wishes I received.

From Phillip Lerche



From Nadine Lenain



From Fabienne Lebaron with a very nice handmade card.



From Chrystobal.



From Christiane Hurel, two Christmas themed envelopes.



December PTE exchange – my envelopes

For the December exchange organized by Jean Wilson from “Pushing the envelope” I have, of course, decided to use Christmas as the focal theme of my envelopes. I used the digital kit "Vintage Christmas 4" from Studio Manu.







I also made some Christmas cards recycling some Christmas crackers wrapping from last year.



received from Kerosene

Kerosene sent me a very intriguing item. First the envelope is very nice, even though, one again, a postal clerk has decided that it was a good idea to cancel the stamps with a black pen…



Inside the envelope there was this nice ATC.



And this intriguing piece. I did not scan the full item that is included in the paper bag as it is to large to be scanned. But you can see more at http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/learn/play/2017-architecture-family-pack-portable-mural




This is an invitation to re-use this item. I don’t know yet how, but I will fore sure make something with it. Stay tuned.

Collage on paper bags

Here is a set of collaged paper bag envelopes I sent in the weeks. First a hat themed collage for Jocelyne.



Then answering one of Corinne’s call : “Metamorphosis”.



A collage for Christiane using a paper bag envelope that I gelli printed.



A collage for Connie using some paper dolls from Tim Holtz
Inaugurating my newly bought die cutting machine, an envelope for Elena and her call on butterflies.




And finally a collage picturing my favorite super hero Spiderman for Uwe.