Folks in the country have it so easy. They put up the flag up on their mailbox and the postal carrier takes their mail. In the city, you have to drop your mail in a corner box (which sits out on the street in the snow and rain, and the occasional evil soul uses for a trash bin) or you need to transport your mail to the post office itself.
I came up with an easy life hack by making a little tag asking my letter carrier to take my mail. It can be flipped in and out of the apartment lock box. I used ribbons threaded through the tag holder opening and made sure the tag hangs higher than the bottom of the box.
This is a letter Vincent van Gogh sent to his brother Theo with a little drawing of a street scene with carriages. It was part of the Art Institute show last spring and it made me smile. It was great to see it up close. Vincent had such beautiful handwriting. I suppose he was writing in French, despite he and his brother being Dutch, because of they were living in France.
I refuse to make pet portraits, but this miniature 3-inch square oil painting was a special gift for someone in need of kindness. Making brush strokes on a smaller scale is a challenge. I like how it came out and I really like the miniature canvas panels available in art stores more recently.
This post teaches how to mail and prevent damage for traded sports cards and stickers, artist trading cards and mail art. There are a few basic steps you can take to armor the content of your envelope from dents, tears and water damage. Sorting and cancellation machines, hand delivery and the weather are all factors when you send your trade out into the postal system.
I am using this pile of traded hockey sports stickers as an example. They weigh 1.8 ounces (52 grams) and are all the same size.
Douglas M. Ryan, I have your U-Pass. It was already expired when I found it, so I did not turn it in to Columbia. I was putting weird things I found on the sidewalk in a shoebox and recently thinned out the collection. If you ever find this blog post, your U-Pass wound up in a collage added to pages of an original art zine. If you are as epic a Columbia student as your hair and sideburns are epic, I know you will understand.
My mail art friend Sherry Harmes of Amook Island Creations in Alaska was sad to report that this mail art envelope I sent to her was delivered drenched in water. The long postal journey is part of the risk of sending art through the mail. The watercolour painting inside was well protected by plastic wrap and tape. I sent her an email and advised she try to iron the envelope because many times art on paper can be smoothed out with a clothing iron. Truth is, I iron way more art than clothes…
I found some small notecards make a fun surface for drawings and paintings. The heavy cardstock worked well for ink, watercolour and gouache. It was easy to tuck these in a bag and carry them around, too, instead of a sketchbook. The scallop edged cards and colored cards gave me a something different to play with.