Today I sent off this postcard to Finland, using postcrossing. Do you know postcrossing? Postcrossing’s website says: “send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person somewhere in the world!” People mostly send commercially produced cards about where they live, but I like to shake things up a bit and send my own original artwork.
It was because of postcrossing that I really got into mailart and have sent lots of handmade postcards all over world. It has been a long time since I’ve used postcrossing, so I hope that the person that receives my card is delighted to get it. I always had a great response from my recipients but there is always that fear each time I send a piece out that it could get lost, stolen, or not appreciated by it’s new owner. I see it in a very similar way as I see Found Art, you let go of a piece of artwork and hope that by the mysteries of this world, the right piece will make it into the right hands.
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This particular postcard was another piece at my show. I love how the detailed linework in the checkers came out, it’s part of the magic of my rapidoliner pens. The grass was achieved by gluing down fake grass used for miniatures and models. My friend tom does miniatures and I’m so impressed by the tiny paintwork he does. I love everything tiny and often it’s all I can do to keep myself from going crazy and buying everything in the miniatures isles at hobby stores.
edit: oh yes, I just realized I have to add in my “everyday create” friend’s store The Flying Housewife. In one of those brilliant “Why hadn’t I thought of that!” ideas, Joon has an etsy shop where she lovingly will compose a letter and send it to you. This is what the description says: This listing is for one handwritten letter, from the heart, from me to you*.