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.

Trying to catch up

I recently mailed a bunch of answers to my contributors, trying to catch up the huge delay I have…

First two envelopes made from a Nespresso bag. One for Fabienne, using some vintage coffee ads.

And one for Hester.

On both envelopes, I used “chocolate” stamps that were issued few years ago by the French post (chocolate goes well with coffee… and I don’t think the French post has issued a coffee themed stamp). They are supposed to smell chocolate, but I think the smell has disappeared over the years…

Then I used a large Orange bag from an “Alice Délice” store to create four envelopes (Alice Délice stores sell kitchen tools). Here are the two first envelopes were made using the sides of the bags. I will share the other envelopes in other posts. One for Ursu and one for Christiane.

Then I used a bag from Monoprix, which is a sort of supermarket or general department store, to make envelopes to Philippe and Hester. Initially the bag says “c’est davantage d’avantages pour vous” (it’s more advantages for you). As you understand they played with the words avantage/davantage.

Then I used a bag from a Nicolas store to create wine themed envelopes to Ursu and Simon. Nicolas stores sell… wines as you guessed it.

The next envelopes were made using pharmacy bags. One for Ursu.

And one for Sheri. I colored the plant on the bag with my color pencils.

Then a new ‘baguette” bag that I sent to Uwe. I hope it arrived, as I wrote the address in a nontraditional way.

A grocery bag that I found very nice made a good envelope for Philippe Charron.

And last, but not least, a brown paper bag that I painted and stamped for Elena who likes ballerinas. The rubber stamp is from Visible Image.

The foot and the hand

Philippe Charron sent me two envelopes recently that are complementary in a way. 

The first is about the foot. It is decorated with a radiograph of a foot. The French word for the foot is “pied” and his envelope contains a joke: “l’art postal, c’est le pied” means “Mail art is really great”.

The second envelope is illustrated with an hand. And a nice way to integrate the recent lady bug stamp issued by the French postal administration.

Received from Corinne Parchantour

Corinne sent me a new contribution to my paper bag mail art call. A bag from a home deco store that she de-structured before re-structuring it! Not shown in the image, her letter was also written on a piece of the bag! A total recycling process.