Three paper bags from Philippe Charron

Some contributors are so productive that I better gather several of their sending in the same blog post. Otherwise it will take months to display everything. This is the case of Philippe who send me these three wonderful contributions. Thank you so much.

First an envelope made from a very nice paper bag with a green/recycling theme. Very nice and perfect for my mail art call.

Then a bag that was used to wrap a sandwich I think, or may be simply pieces of bread. Philippe customized it a bit as he often does.

And a third one with a very nice paper bag used to wrap bread again.

It seems that “bread” paper bags are the most represented in the contributions I received so far. Probably because they are the easiest to get  (at least in France, of course).

Received from Elena Signori

A new nice contribution from Elena using a bag (or is it a poster?) advertising the French department of Savoie.

Received from Nicole Eippers

I just love the collage Nicole made on this brown paper bag envelope!


After several weeks and months of procrastination and laziness I finally did it: I put a final point to my FIFTY mail art call by sending to all contributors an individual thank you note. They are leaving today so watch your mail box if you are one of the contributors!

United Nations Letters

Phillip sent me recently two letters through the United Nations offices: first one in Vienna and second one in New York. 

He included also some nice postcards.

Miscellaneous sendings

Two envelopes I sent recently. First one to Gray Wolf, an IUOMA member.

Second one to Jakob Wong, who contacted me on Instagram.

Two contributions from Uwe Klein

I must confess that I am very late in publishing the contributions I received for the paper bag mail art call. I’m also late in answering all of them individually. So please be patient if you sent me something :-)

I have received two nice contributions from Uwe, who is member of the IUOMA.

First a postcard decorated with pieces of a paper bag.

And then a paper bag used as an envelope.

Recycling food packaging into mail art

I recently received from two different contacts pieces of mail art made from food packaging. I think this is a rather cool idea that fits very well with the spirit of my paper bag mail art call. After all, as I already said, this is all about recycling.

The first one if from Iryna who used food packaging to make an envelope that she decorated.

She also sent this very nice travel themed collaged postcard.

And the second one is a postcard from Phillip.

ATC sent to Judy

As an answer to her ATC, I sent this one to Judy Staroscik.

And I sent it in this envelope.

Le temps retrouvé

Christiane Hurel sent me two envelopes made from a bag coming from a French book store located in Amsterdam and called « Le temps retrouvé ».

“Le tremps retrouvé” (Time regained) is the last part of “A la recherche du temps perdu” (In search of lost time), the main work from the French author Marcel Proust.

As you can see Christiane kept the handled of the bags, and they travelled very well!

London calling… and mail art on the go

I recently spent one week of holidays in London. When I left for London, I did it in a hurry and did not bring any material or tools for mail art. But I knew I had to send some things from there, so I had to improvise. It made me think that I should start putting together a travel mail art tool kit, with the strict minimum I need to create mail art while I’m traveling. Something light and easy to bring with me everywhere. Question to my fellow mail artists: Do you carry any tool kit when you travel? What’s inside?

As I said, once in London I had to improvise a bit. I did not even have a pair of scissors. The only think I bought was glue. Anyway, I never have too much glue at home… I found a free city guide with maps on London inside, so I used this as a basis for an envelope.

I added some stickers, as embellishment. I don’t know if all the stickers made it as they were quite puffy. And here is the envelope I sent to Phillip.

I then realized that the packaging of the stickers I had just purchased contained a card with a nice black and white map of London. So I transformed it into a postcard to Micu in Hungary.

I sent some other pieces but forgot to take a picture…

Reveived from Lars Schumacher

A very nice contribution from Lars who used a bag to make paper to create a postcard. A different way of recycling. The images are not very good because the postcard has some dimension and therefore is hard to scan.

A paper bag and a mail art call

Valerian sent me this wonderful paper bag coming from a haberdashery store and also a mail art call.

ATC received from Judy Staroscik

I recently joined the ATC rebel group on IUOMA and I then received a very nice ATC from Judy. Sent in a nice envelope.

Received from Willemien Visser

Willemien sent me a very nice envelope made from a gift paper bag she got at Le Louvre museum. It is decorated with old illustration of Paris.

On the front, she added an old map of the line 4 of the Parisian underground. She very cleverly prolongated it until the mention of Montrouge in my address. Indeed, since now few years the line has been extended and it termintes no more at “Porte d’Orléans”, but  at “Mairie de Montrouge”, located very near where I live. This extension has changed my life, I can tell you.

On the back, she added a vintage map of Paris showing the area of Montparnasse, where I go very often as this is where my favorite brasserie is located!

Birthday wishes from Micu

Last week I have celebrated my 51st birthday and I have received this cute handmade birthday card from Micu.

It was sent in this nice paper bag envelope!

Fly me to the moon

Phillip sent me another fantastic postmark commemorating a 50th anniversary. This time it commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 1 mission. Apollo 1 was the first manned mission of the United States Apollo program. But a fire during a launch rehearsal test on January 27 at Cape Kennedy Air Force Station Launch Complex 34 killed all three crew members…

The envelope contained this wonderful moon card.

April exchange: the last envelope

The last envelope I received for the April exchange os this beauty from Kate Riley.

Mission Inspiration : May 2017

It is now time for a new mission inspiration from Mike Deakin. Here are the prompts, the suggested colors and words for May.

And here is the page. I'm not completly happy with it. I think this is because of the grey in the background...

Received from Louisa Leibner

Louisa send me this very nice paper bag. Look at these cute pigs…

Paper bag received from Ursu

Another contribution from Ursu who used a pharmacy bag this time. He also added several very nice artistamp.