Exchange with Vi-Gasco

A new contact sent me this wonderful envelope with the drawing of a frog. Beautiful. And I’m surprised by the postmark on the stamp that has a style I have never seen before.

In exchange I sent this envelope.

Digital mail art from Hester

Hester found a very original way to answer my Digital mail art call. She used papers printed with a computer to make envelopes (transforming them into mail art)!

Sent to Ursu

A collage on an envelope made from a paper bag sent to Ursu to answer one of his multiple contributions.

Bonus post: a mail art call from Philippe Charron

If you are a regular visitor of my blog you probably know the name of Philippe Charron, at least through the beautiful mail art he sent me over the last years (if you don't know him click on his name on the right part and you will see all the beauties he has sent me).

So for the first time, Philippe is launching a mail art call and I'm very happy to publish it to encourage you to participate. Here are the details:

Theme: Send me your sun, and you will receive mine.
Size and thechnics are free.
No deadline.
Send your contribution to :
Philippe Charron
5 Impasse de la pierrière
17220 Bourgneuf

Don't hesitate to spread the news so that Philippe receives lots of sunshine!

Received from Micu

Micu sent me some very cute items recently. First a small package decorated with a cute frog.

Then a letter with nice stamps (you can hardly see it but the two on the top right corner are foiled) with a very clean postmark.

And inside the envelope a cute frog booklet!

Playing with mixed media

After having some fun with painted paper bag, I decided to try a step further, with even more mixed media techniques. I made one envelope from a paper bag and then I painted it, I used bubble wrap to make some marks on it and then I collaged some tissue paper and paper dolls from Tim Holtz. I then added a quote taken from the song “Ballerina girl” from Lionel Richie. And here is the result I sent to Elena.

Card from Judy Staroscik

A very nice handmade postcard from Judy.

Bonus post: Mission Inspiration August

A bonus post to share with you my Art Journal page (that I will turn into a postcard) for Mission Inspiration August 2017. First let’s have a look to the prompts.

And the page I made.

Miscellaneous paper bag envelopes I sent

First a “baguette” bag that was given to me by a friend and that I colored with my color pencils before sending it to Grace.

For the next envelope, I used a special bag that I got at my supermarket. When you buy vegetables at this supermarket, you must put them in a paper bag to get them weighed. In the past, they were giving plastic bags for that. But since the law has forbidden the usage of plastic bags, they were offering nice brown paper bags. But recently they changed to a new type of bags: a bag with one face made of brown paper, and one face with a cellophane paper. I guess this is to ease the job of the girl or guy who is weighing your vegetables: with the cellophane, there is no need to open the bag to see what type of vegetables you took. This bag, transparent on one side, made me feel like using it to answer Eduard Egorov’s call (windows of the world) and I made a “window” on Paris.

Finally, I sent two similar envelopes to Uwe and Simon, made from a Quiksilver paper bag, playing with black and white.

From Simon Warren

Two new fantastic items sent by Simon. The first one is a journal, made in the same spirit that the first one. I only scanned the cover and the first page.

And a fantastic sketchbook. Here I’m sharing with you all the pages.

More painted bags

I had so much fun the first time, painting some paper bags, that I decided to do it again. This time I made five, to answer to my generous contributors from Brazil. The first three are painted with Dilysions paint using a baby wipe (plus some marks with a bottle cap and a credit card). The last two ones I made using my gelli plate that I hadn’t used since a long time. I really enjoyed this process.

Received from Christiane Hurel

Christiane has spent several weeks in Sydney and she sent me this very cute envelope made from a colorful paper bag. According to Christiane this is the place in Sydney where you will find the best cheese tarts!

Banana mail

My first banana mail to Phillip. And I had to use one of these cute postal labels from the French post dedicated to the minions… I say postal labels, as they are not actual stamps. They are labels that you buy on the French post website and that you print yourself

Received from Fabienne Lebaron

A very original way to interpret my “cow” theme by Fabienne.

July Mini Mission : Destination

The mini missions from Mike Deakin continue with now the letter D: the prompt being Destination.

For me “destination” is first about the journey. So here is the envelope I made for this July Mini Mission.

More paper bags received

Iryna sent me this very nice collaged envelope and postcard using a paper bag as a basis.

Eva made my day by sending me an envelope using a Desigual bag.

I received a contribution from Eberhard who used a bag from the “Occitane en Provence”. The item was wrapped in a plastic bag from the German post with a message that it had been damaged during the transport. So I don’t know exactly which part has been damaged but I share it with you as I got it.

My friend Mike surprised me with a snow man gift bag, bringing some cool air to this period which is definitively too hot for me.

And a new contribution from Uwe who seems to appreciate my call!