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Are YOU altered? Mail Art en Masse, vol. 2

By Trisha Too



Do you mail art?  If you've ever been in any kind of swap, or decorated the outside of an envelope, or sent a handmade card, then the answer is yes.  You may recall from my original Mail Art column that I do, in fact, enjoy sending off a postcard or two (in that case, twelve), and here is another twist on that same background technique, enabling you to create LOTS of mail art quickly and effectively.

What you need--a base piece of paper (that old patterned 12 x 12 paper you don't really like is PERFECT for this), a pile of neutral ephemera, glue stick, and ruler.




Cover the base paper with ephemera, paper piecing it in straight lines, using the ruler as a straight edge to hold down/tear the paper strips.

Okay, a stray inky piece made the cut, too!

Cut the base paper into whatever size you need-- 1x1 inch for inchies, 1 by 3 inches for moos, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches for atcs, and basic postcards are 4 x 6 inches.  As you can imagine, you can get a mass of mail art from a piece of 12 inch square paper.

 

Gather together some basic collage supplies--glue stick, scissors, collage images, rub-ons, German Scrap, whatever you like--and have fun.  I kept all of my mail art flat, as high profile embellishments = higher postage, not to mention a higher chance of damage in transit.  If the base paper you chose is lighter weight, you may need to cut and attach cardstock bases--no one likes flimsy mail art!

Don't forget the crayon.
moos.  stamps: Rogue Redhead Designs
more moos.  collage images: Altered Pages
atcs.  collage images:  Altered Pages

Since it's Mail Art at Unruly PaperArts this month, of course I'm going to have to mail some art--I have twelve little pieces to send out, anywhere in the world--leave me a comment below AND e-mail me your snail mail address: trisha2too at hotmail dot com to receive a random bit of happy mail.

:)trisha

15 unruly observations:

  1. Your comment about scrapbook paper you don't like hit home. A friend gave me a stack and there are one or two I have thought I would never use! Thanks for the tip!

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  2. I like that you've kept everything straight. I'll have to try that.

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    1. Lol, Melody--I usually DON'T, but did it intentionally for this batch. It really gives things a whole different look.

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  3. Trisha you have the most creative mind! You KNOW I love mail art, and these are just fantastic.

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  4. I would LOVE one of your wonderful little treasures! (what DOES "moo" stand for, anyway?). My address is 33 Young Street / 2nd Floor / New Haven / CT / 06511. I'm going to make one for you this afternoon! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Tristan, I have absolutely no idea--what a funny name, right???

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  5. Thanks for a great article, Trisha! This is a fabulous technique for creating mail art! The effect is beautiful and I'm dying to have a go at it. I have long admired the postcards you create - I will never forget a very funny Halloween one that appeared in UPA. I will email you my address in the UK. Maybe you could email me yours and we could do a swap sometime? Julie Ann xxx

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  6. How wonderful! I especially like your choice of stamps and images. I think you have my addy???

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  7. I really like this technique for using patterned paper (I have a rather large stash to use!). Your moos are especially lovely - I love the stamps you used!!! I am definitely going to try this - thanks for a great idea and article!

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  8. I still have the piece of mail art that you sent last time on the wall in front of my computer - and I look at it and admire it regularly. I love your suggestion of using disliked 12x12 pages!! :-) I may just have to give this a go when life slows down a bit.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  9. Fantastic idea ... love the bit about using patterned paper that we may not like as the background. cheers :)

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  10. I can't wait to try this - I have a bunch of 12x12 papers that were sent as freebies (obviously cause they didn't sell ;) I have been trying to organize my rather sizable stamp collection so this is perfect timing!!

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  11. am i too late for happy mail? I'll email you. I love love love this technique you've shared as well as the gorgeous pieces you made. I will be trying this. xxoo

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  12. Thank you for asking, Michele! I mailed out all the moos, but still have an atc I'd be happy to send you!

    :)

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  13. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous stunning creations. I love the way you did your base layer, I so need to have a go at this technique, love it :-) Kezzy xxx

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