It has been 2 weeks since I sent my mail art off to Australia, the UK and various US destinations for a mail art swap hosted by Sue Emmerson. I gave you a teaser previously . . . I think everyone has received their mail by now, so I'm going to actually reveal what I did for this fun swap!
The theme is: Where I live.
|one of the envelopes and contents -click for details!|
I started with a regular manila file folder, the kind found at an office supply store -- or in your file cabinet!! I got the idea to work with a folder to create a mailing envelope from Robin Marie Smith
when I was researching for the Mail ART swap
I hosted at the end of last year. I found a video on YouTube by Robin called Altered Mail Art
that used manila folders -great idea!
I opened up the folder and painted the front and back of it with white gesso because I did not want the plain manila background showing. I think it worked out pretty well. The back of the envelope got a copy of a tourist map from nearby Anna Maria Island. I drive over one of those bridges pictured on the map to take Nia dance classes
twice a week in Anna Maria. I copied the map from a tourist brochure 5x and used my xyron to adhere it to the folder.
For the front, I cut out words & images from a different brochure (I picked up 5 of them for free!!). This brochure is designed to give the reader the lo-down on the Sarasota - Bradenton area: the Left Coast of Florida! I added lots of rubber stamping from my box of beach-related stamps with StazOn permanent inks. I even gave the young woman a crown of shells.
Yes, I painted more gesso on the folders and sprinkled real Florida sand on the bottom front corner of all the envelopes! I also covered the sand with clear gel medium later when the gesso was dry to make sure it stayed put and did not cause any problems during mailing.
|The back, BS=Before Stamping!|
|The fronts of all 5 envelopes - not sewn together on the edges yet!|
|The edges were sewn up on my sewing machine, but first I added parts |
of a fishing net that I found last year (empty!) on the beach . . . .
I attached it with a little bit of sewing and a lot of Tacky glue!!
|The envelopes drying . . . I ended up working on the floor for this project.|
|More stamping and netting added to the backs of the envelopes . . .|
Her eyes brimmed with tears as she realized there wasn't a single piece of personal mail today!!
I added some of my favorite and very old rubber stamps:
. . . Contents Enclosed . . .
. . . Mail Art Mingles Hearts . . .
. . . See you in the Mail . . .
. . . Oh NO, she sobbed. My mailbox is *choke* empty! . . .
Hope you all enjoy!