Received from Phillip: found poetry challenge

Phillip sent me this nice envelope made with a map (I love envelopes made from maps).

Inside there was an invitation to participate to his “found poetry” challenge. He sent me this text to work on. So, stay tuned to see what I will do with it!

June PTE exchange: the envelopes I sent

It is time to share with you the five envelopes I sent for the June PTE exchange organized by Jean Wilson. For this set I used the “Art marks” digital kit from Jen Maddocks design. The whole set is quite different from what I usually do, but I really had fun going out of my comfort zone.

MMSA swap: found poetry cards

I recently took part to a swap on Mail Me Some Art. A swap that was hosted by Phillip and the subject was “found poetry”. I made two cards, using a mixture of digital art and real collage.

And in return I received the two following cards from Andrea and from Constance.

*** UPDATE ***

The card from Andrea has in fact been victim of the sorting machines that have removed the front. Here is the original card.

Stunning sending from Simon Warren

Simon sent me a very stunning contribution to my paper bag mail art call. This is a sort of journal, or art journal made from paper bags, that he simply sent to me through the post. The whole journal was closed with red thread that I have removed to open it before scanning. Note the biro cancellation on the stamps…

Souvenir of a day at Roland Garros

Early in June I spent a full day at Roland Garros for the French tennis open. I had a wonderful day. The weather was great, even though it was raining like hell on other parts of Paris. And I could see Djokovic, Nadal and S.Williams !
At lunch the sandwich was sold in a nice paper bag that I used to make two envelopes : one for Philippe Charron and one for Uwe Klein.

Received from Elena Signori

A cute envelope made from gift wrapping paper decorated with cute sweets.

Using food packaging as mail art (cont’d)

To answer one of the recent sending from Phillip, I decided to give a try to using food packaging as mail art. I sent him the following postcard.

And to stay in the food theme, I used stamps picturing two of my favorite cheeses (well, is there a cheese that is not my favorite?). The left stamp pictures Reblochon. The right one picture the Epoisses. They are both made from cow’s milk but they are very different!

Received from DentelleBleue

A wonderful sending from DentelleBleue. It is much better in real life than on the scan, the blue part being made of fabric!

Received from Hester Wright

Two items I received recently from Hester. First an envelope made from a paper bag coming from I understand is a coffee shop (Peet’s coffee) located inside a bank (Capital One) ?

And a second item made from the wrapping of… a chocolate bar! Unfortunately, the chocolate was not anymore in it :-)

Mini missions

As a spinoff of the mission inspiration challenges, Mike Deakin has launched in April what he calls the “mini missions”. Every month, one prompt, to stimulate our creativity. The first prompt in April was Aquatic, the second one in May was Borders. As you can understand, the prompts will normally go from A to Z.
I decided to create one envelope each month, using the mini mission prompt. So here is the first one I created for Aquatic.

And here is the one I created for Borders.

Received from Jakob Wong

My first mail art from Malaysia! I’m really excited.

Trying something new

The French post has recently issued a set of stamps picturing insects. I already showed one of them, the lady bug one, on an envelope sent by Philippe Charron. The full set was issued in the form of this mini sheet containing four stamps.

Philippe also sent me a pharmacy bag franked with the same lady bug stamp.

I really like this set and  I had the idea to use pieces of the above mini sheet to decorate an envelope, made from a paper bag coming from my company restaurant. This bag was green and white, decorated with a dragonfly that I cut. And here is the result.

I used the same idea to send this envelope to Lisa, this time the envelope is a standard white envelope.

I rather like the results and may re-use the idea.

Exchange with Phillip

Phillip sent me this absolutely fantastic bag. And he used some B&W photography stamps that I really like! As you can see the postal machines have put their marks (a rather large one…) but in the corner that is exactly at the opposite of the stamps! I will never understand the way these machines work…

To send him my answer, I used the fourth envelope made from the Alice Délice bag.

Bonus post : 100 is the magical number

Just a short additional post to tell you that today I have reached 100 contributions to my paper bag mail art call ! In less than 6 months.... A big THANK YOU to all of you. Let's see how many we will reach at the end of the year !

From Jean Wison for May exchange

Jean created this very nice envelop for me for the May exchange.

But then she realized that the franking was not sufficient, so she sent it to me in another nice envelope!

Catch me if you can

Few days ago I have shared with you two envelopes I made using a bag from the Alice Délice store. Here is a third one that I made using the front of the bag. I just kept the word “Délice” (which means delight) and I added a pig and a cook for Nicole. I must confess that I had underestimated the difficulty to cut and stick the cook…

Two contributions from Brasil

On the same week, I have received two paper bag mail art from Brasil!
The first one was sent by The Celestial Scribe and it contained a lot of interesting stuff!

And the second one was sent by Eni Ilis. It also contained interesting collages made on paper bags.