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…
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.
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!
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…
Here is a new bunch of paper bags I sent as answers to recent contributors.
First an African themed envelope for Marie. This is a plain brown paper bag that I used to add some collage elements.
A grocery bag used as a basis for this envelope to Thérèse Waryn.
A “Pret A Manger” paper bag with a coffee theme for Mzia Valerian.
A very floral bag I got at WH Smith in Paris for Vesna Majer.
For Philippe Charron, two envelopes. The first one is made with a bag from “L’art du papier” that I folded in such a way that only “l’art” can be seen.
The second one is made with a paper bag from the Orange company. Originally the bag was a large one with the word “Maison” (Home) written on it. The bag was a bit damaged and once cut and folded, only the word “Mais” (But) remained. So I decided to use this “mais” by adding a quote from “Le Petit Prince” which says : But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I love “Le Petit Prince” from Antoine de Saint Exupery and the dialogue between the fox and the little prince is my favorite part.
A very nice “World market” bag received from Phillip. I love the design of the bag. And the stamps are, as usual, very nice. They came out uncancelled, once again.
As an answer, I think I found the perfect bag for Phillip. Few weeks ago, at my work, they opened a Columbus Café where they use very nice brown paper bags decorated with a bear (the logo of Columbus Café) and the word Columbus written in white. As Phillip leaves in Columbus, Ohio, this appeared to be the perfect match!
Smash sent me this cute small white paper bag envelope. The size is rather unusual as it is narrow but long. I love the triangular stamps (I always love triangular stamps. I think this is a cool shape for stamps).
And here is my answer using the second part of the “Maisons du monde” bag. It gave me the opportunity to use one of the washi tapes I recently purchased (Yes, yes. I really needed some new washi tapes ).
Recently, there has been an exhibition of paintings from Buffet. It was advertised in a magazine with a painting containing two birds that drew my attention. I cut out the birds for a further usage and I finally decided to integrate them in a digital creation. The background was made using Photoshop brushes to create a mixed media look.