Mail art can be described as artwork that is exchanged through the mail, and handmade postcards are a great way to send little pieces of art to friends or like-minded artists around the world.
The smaller postcard size lets you be creative without worrying about having to fill up an entire canvas.
You can use just about any type of paper or other materials to make a mail art postcard. There are no limits, only fun and creativity.
Postcard sizes are generally either 4 inches by 6 inches or 5 inches by 7 inches, but whatever size you can send in the mail usually works.
The postcards below give you an idea of the various types of materials and embellishments that can be used to make them.
1. A small map makes a great background for a fountain pen image and a coordinating postage stamp.
2. Two complimentary colors and a bit of graphic art make for a stunning and balanced composition.
3. Black images rubber stamped over a vibrant rainbow background create a very appealing postcard.
4. A large central image overlaid on a simple background provides a focal point for this artwork. Bits of text and a secondary figure add a whimsical touch.
5. Sometimes a postcard can be about the sheer fun of creating something amusing.
6. A hand-drawn image on a postcard would surely delight the recipient.
7. An original painting on a postcard adds a charming element to this ready-for-framing artwork.
8. Old textbooks and other thrift store finds add great visual interest to this delightful composition.
9. Re-purposed images cut from greeting cards make a great focal element, especially when combined with a coordinating postage stamp.
10. An original postcard can be made from various creative elements in a collage over a piece of sheet music.
Works of art for the mail!
In this age of ever-increasing online communications, mail art keeps the almost old-fashioned tradition of snail mail alive. Artists from around the world are participating in the mail art movement by sending original little creations through the mail.
Many mail art exchange groups can be found on Flickr and other online sites. Mail art doesn’t have to include only postcards. The envelope itself can also be a piece of art.
Mail art is the free exchange of artwork through the mail and should never be sold.