Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eclipse pictorial postmarks

I sent eclipse mail for the August envelope exchange, as well as to many of my mail art friends.

Here's my envelope to Jean before posting.

And I made use of the many special postmarks available for what was, in my opinion, the best 2 minutes of 2017, and chose 3 of my favorites. They seem to have arrived at their destinations by now.

Eva blogged hers...

So did Eric...

As well as Heleen, who showed this over at IUOMA.

Thanks for the nice blog posts and comments everyone, I had fun putting this set together.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Do you enjoy abstract mail art?

Lots of questions on my mail art recently - I like abstract art in particular, and also on mail art, and especially when it is one of Philippe's stunning painted creations. 

This one seems to have so much movement in it. I can almost see people on motorbikes racing around a track (leaning into the curve). What do you see?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why do bananas have spots?

(Because they are leopards in disguise!)

Thanks for the mail art and great joke, Limner.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More minions!

This time the minions were stamped with round stamps - the golf ball and the global stamp from 2013.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The rest of the August exchange envelopes

Yesterday I showed the fun golf envelope.

The rest of August's haul is below.

Scientific code from Jean.

Pollination from Kate.

Outer space from Kathy (enlarge to check out the little added stars and planets).

A doodle from Bug.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

G is for Golf

From the fun set of 'Have a Ball' sports stamps, here's a very clever envelope I received in the August envelope exchange from Lynne. 

Each stamp has some texture to it as well - on the golf stamp you can feel the dimples really well.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


In from BonnieDiva - a homemade envelope containing an entertaining collage.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Black and White Brain

Philippe sent me this large slide of a brain MRI. It arrived in good condition, only very slightly bent which is amazing given how thin the imaging film is between the cardboard.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Cats and a stamp booklet from Christie

Great envelope from a cat calendar from Christie.

And a cool handmade stamp booklet inside.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Europa theme - castles

Each year the group of postal services in Europe have a themed stamp idea that they all (usually) issue during the year. This year the theme is castles.

Katerina sent me the Greek stamp, and Eva sent me the Spanish stamp.

Eva's letter contained a lovely long letter, and Kat's contained this lovely piece of mail art, ready to hang on the wall :)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

F is for Feathered Friends

Heleen sent me an unusual little package with these wonderful bird stamps.

The stamps feature the Tjif-tjaf (Chiff-chaff) and the Groene Specht (Green Woodpecker).

You can get a better view with this image. The stamps can be scanned using an app to hear the sound each bird makes.

This amazing piece of mail art was a bit harder to document than normal...after carefully removing the outer wrapper, there was a baguette bag...

And inside was a very long continuous piece showing beautiful drawings from Heleen of all the birds I mentioned I liked a while ago. Plus some other birds collaged on.

This was a big 'WOW'. Thank you, Heleen!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Amazing mail art from Jon

I have no idea how Jon printed on these cards so nicely. Each one is amazing.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Creating a monster

I like how Eva made this envelope from a magazine page, and I like the creature arising from the pen.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

E is for Elefante, Efemérides, Eduardo, España & Espanyol - all from Eva

A great postcard letter from Eva ended up being perfect for the letter E. The only piece that doesn't fit well is the paella... E for Eating, maybe, but that's not a Spanish word.

I apologize in advance if I don't have all the accents etc correct on the Spanish words. Efemérides are anniversaries. This stamp celebrates the 40th anniversary of Tragsa (Empresa de Transformación Agraria, S.A.) an organization that works in wildlife and wilderness conservation and improvement.

The other stamp, featuring an origami elephant and her calf, is the winner of a stamp designing competition. I think this is a particularly nicely designed stamp, with a strong message. E is also for Eduardo, the first name of the designer.

Thanks for using these stamps, Eva.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Another clever envelope from Eric. Added in a neat way, where Eric cut the envelope along the stripes, the frogs look like they are climbing over and under parts of the envelope.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Together we can do it

A great envelope from Eric made from a Body Shop paper bag - and featuring a found poem.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Street art

A very cool envelope from Eric, made from a magazine page about street art. I think it is so clever how Eric perfectly sized this envelope to fit with the art.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017