Received from Robin Moore

A nice envelope sent by Robin, nicely decorated with inks and rubber stamps.

Paper bag sent to Willemien Visser

To answer Willemien’s contribution I decided to use the second part of the “télérama” bag I used for the envelope to Lisa P. This side of the bag had the word “télérama” written on it. I decided to shorten it to “télé” (i.e. T.V.). I used some washi tape to hide a fold and then I decided to add some more embellishments. So here is what I sent.

Paper bag from Elena Signori

A very nice contribution from Elena. She even used the handles!

Exchange with Phillip Lerche

Exchanging envelopes made from paper bags with Phillip is what gave me the idea to launch a mail art call about it. So this is always a pleasure when I get one from Phillip. A nice bag with coordinating stamps. A pity that none of them got cancelled.

In return I answered to Phillip with this envelop made from a bag I got years ago in an art supplies store called Eckerley’s and located in Sydney. This is the very first envelope I ever made from a paper bag and it carries a lot of souvenirs as any of my trip to Sydney has been a great moment. So I’m glad this envelope safely reached Phillip.

Paper bag contribution from Hester Wright

The contribution I received from Hester made me smile. She told me she could not figure out how to make an envelope from the bag she got, so she sent me the paper bag in an envelope. This is so sweet. So I took this as a challenge for me to create an envelope (may be even two) with the bag she sent me. I have to work on this. But before, let’s see the envelope and the bag.

Postcard to a stranger

I recently took part to the « Postcard to a stranger » mail art call. The request was to send a postcard containing a self-portrait or any other human face. I created the postcard below. To create it I played with some free tutorials and digital freebies from the site Design Cut. Yes, the guy on the photography is me… It was when I was… well… much younger than now. And yes, at this time I had a mustache! Even though this was not really trendy at this time. But between 17 and 23 I used to have a mustache.

Last envelopes received for January exchange

I'm a bit late to publish the letters I have received for the January exchange. Here are the last two ones.

First from Cathy O'Rear.

Second from Carol Cramer.

Paper bag contribution from Fabienne Lebaron

A nice contribution from Fabienne with lots of recycling...

Paper bag contribution from Christophe Blaise

A contribution from Christophe for my paper bag call. I love the faux stamp with a paper bag on it!

A bunch of envelopes sent

Here is a bunch of envelopebI sent recently.

To Jocelyne for her "hats" call.

To Elena.

To Nicole who loves pigs.

To Shelby.

To Marie for her call on horned beasts.

Reveived from Georgia Grigoriadou

A nive sending from Georgia that I met on Facebook.

More paper bags sent to Micu, Iryna, Lisa, Smash and Eva

I’m trying to catch up in answering to all paper bag contributions I got so far. I’m late but here are a bunch I sent some days/weeks ago.

To answer to her contribution, I sent to Micu an envelope made from a small bag from the Orange Company. Orange is a Mobile Communications Operator. I think I got this bag when I bought my last smartphone.

An envelope sent to Iryna made with a paper bag I got from my pharmacy. The text in French means: Because health does not wait. Using Red Cross stamps seemed appropriate.

When a paper bag is large you can easily make two envelopes from it, using both sides. This is the case with this bag that I got in a newspaper store. The bag had the word “télérama” written on one side, and a big T in black (with a red apostrophe) on the other side. Télérama is a television program newspaper. For this envelop to Lisa I used the side with the big T, playing also with the red part. Another envelope made from the other side will come soon.

Some time ago I shared with you an envelope that I sent to Phillip and that I made with a Nespresso bag. This bag was large so I would use the second side to make another one for Smash. I added some coffee related washi tape to decorate it. I also kept on the back side the name of the artist who has designed the bag.

I work for a big company and the site where I work is rather large with more than 4000 people working there. So, we have several company restaurants where we can have lunch. One of them sells sandwiches and salads that you can take away to eat in your office (or somewhere else). Up to end of last year they used plastic bags but now they had to move to paper bags. There paper bags are square, with the perfect size to make an envelope. They are also made of a rather thick paper. I just added some washi tape to decorate it a bit.

Received from Nancy Rooster

A nice rooster received from Nancy Dickson. Did you know that the rooster is the symbol of France ?

Answering mail art calls

I recently answered to two mail art calls found one facebook.

The first one:

And here is my contribution:

The second one :

And my contribution:

Another fifty postmark from Phillip Lerche

I guess this will be the final one of the series. Thank you so much Phillip.

Paper bag from Willemien Visser

Another contribution to my call coming this time from Germany from Willemien.

Paper bag from Eva Albiol

Another wonderful contribution to my paper bag mail art call. This time it comes from Eva

Mission Inspiration Febriary 2017

A new month has come and also a new Mission Inspiration from Mike Deakin. Here are the prompts for February.

As last month there are only eight prompts, but a suggested color scheme and also some words.

I wanted to stay in the “love” theme suggested by the prompts and I had this song stuck in my head. An old French song from the great Juliette Greco called “un petit poisson, un petit oiseau” (a little fish, a little bird). The song tells about a little fish and a little bird who love each other tenderly, but life is not easy when one is in the air and the other in the water… So here is the mage I created.

Paper bag from Lisa Preis

My paper bag mail art call seems to have some success and the paper bags keep arriving in my mail box, so be prepared to see several of them in the coming days !

Today I sharing with you the contribution from Lisa with a Chipotle brown bag. Chipotle is a Mexican grill, if I remember well. Thank you Lisa for this great sending.

From Hester Wright for January exchange

For January exchange Hester sent me this envelope:

Once opened it gives this.

Paper bag sent to Philippe Charron

I have decided that I will answer to all contributions to my “Paper bag mail art call” by sending myself a paper-bag/envelope. I have so many paper bags at home, just waiting to be transformed into something else…

My first answer is for Philippe Charron. I decided to take some risk here and to send an envelope made from a paper bag that you get in France when you buy the famous “baguette”, i.e. the very traditional piece of bread that has become a symbol of French people. These bags have the right width to put an A4 sheet folded in three. They are quite long but this is easy to shorten them. The only problem is that these bags are usually made form a thin paper so I’m not sure the envelope will resist to the postal machines.

I did not do much on the bag itself, I just highlighted the word “tradition”, which is, in case you don’t know, a type of “baguette” that you can buy in Paris. It is supposed to be produced in a very traditional way, which, very often, means a higher price, but not necessarily a better bread quality…

Received from Artista Daily

This envelope has gone through a postal misadventure. When it was sent to me the first time, it got back to Artista Daily with a sticker indicating that the letter could not by distributed. She sent me a picture on Facebook to check the address and I confirmed it was correct. I also mentioned that there was no postal mark from the French post so I had doubt that it had ever reached France… She complained at her post office and she sent it back to me. This time it arrived. Hopefully because it was a full of lovely things. I like artistamps! I should try to make some one day…