Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mail Art


While every envelope begins as mail art with every intention of mailing it to someone, I sometimes can't let it go.  That only happens when I completely surprise myself with some art that I really love how it turns out.  I have to keep the piece around awhile to convince myself "I did that".
 
This is one of those times.
 
A couple of background stamps stamped on the envelope behind the man image.  A collage photocopied to tracing paper then torn in strips that are sized and spray glued to the envelope.  Ranger distress ink daubed over the design and framing where the address would go.
 
I can't part with this original right now, but I did make a photocopy to send to a stamping artist who is very inspiring for me.  She also appreciates the "men" stamps.
 
While I don't know if that particular original envelope will ever become real "mail" art, this next one did get mailed. 
 
 
This envelope was mailed to and inspired by a piece of mail art done by Miss Iowa.  I love so much of her art.  I hope she found it worthy.  You've already seen this butterfly lady on some other pieces of mine.  Those other pieces came about after this envelope was done.  I'm big on getting mileage out of an idea that I like. 
 
And, I've made only one Post-It pad cover between envelopes.  I really like this crazy collage stamp.  I imagine it will by creepy looking to some, but not to me.
 
 Have a wonderfully artsy craftsy time!
xx
Annie


13 comments:

sheila 77 said...

Hello Annie. It seems to me that you are loving your own art more and more these days and while I've always been a great fan, I do like your latest work very much too.
I'm not sure why you think your third one here could be creepy, I like it very much with the numbers and colours and faces and buttons ..... but I AM spooked out by the Stern Man envelope, he is really frightening with all the strange background and I don't think the lady on the stamp is safe. The middle one is lovely with sweet Butterfly lady.
Keep crafting and arting yourself, happy days!

Carol said...

Your envelopes are beautiful works of art! I can see why you'd want to hold on to some of them ( or all of them!) That one is not creepy at all. Great job as usual. :0)

carol said...

You feel the same way about your mail art as I used to feel about my mini quilts. I always made them way ahead of time just in case I really liked it so I could look at it for a few weeks before I had to send it off.

ellen gets crafty said...

You must own the coolest stamp collection ever!! I love seeing how creative your designs are and it is hard to part with your favorites.

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Adorable mail art! Great envelopes Annie!

kind regards, Alie :-)

tink's mom said...

Your envelopes are terrific, not creepy at all. I really love the pen nibs on the post it pad cover.

Katherine said...

I'm always amazed and inspired to see the art you create, Annie. I especially can't get over that first envelope (you definitely need to keep this!). It's fantastic!

Lesley said...

Such beautiful works of art! You are so creative!

Createology said...

Annie you are truly an artist and I am loving all that you are creating. Those envelopes are fantastic and I can see how you are enjoying them. Only one post it this time yet it is another fabulous creation! The pen nibs are uber fun. Creative Artful Bliss Dear...

Elsa said...

You do the best work ~ I don't always comment on your posts but I always love what you do!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your envelopes are fantastic. I can certainly understand not being able to let go of them. You are a true artist!

Judy D in WA said...

I'm sitting here with my mouth wide open in awe! Wow, each piece is so amazing. Any one is lucky to receive mail from you. :)

Renee said...

Awesome work! Love the envelopes as always.