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Ides of Trump Protest Postcards

February 27, 2017 3 comments

I will be participating in the Ides of Trump postcard protest and you can join the event! 

To make this protest more fun and relieve a little stress, you can color your own postcard. These prints are for regular 300 dpi jpg for 8.5 x 11 inch letter size paper.

Paste the art and the backing onto chipboard (cereal box) with a glue stick, rubber cement or YES! paste and it will be very sturdy. Some Mail Artists that make artist postcards like to use a sewing machine to stitch the edges with colored thread. I made hatch marks to show where to cut through the center; cut the gray areas off the edges. This is because many home printers do not do well for full bleed printing.

If you feel kind and benevolent, PayPal me a $1 to artg33k74 -at- gmail and I shall be most grateful.


Here are the some details on the protest from its Facebook page:


Just as the Romans did for Julius Caesar, you and I will now do for Donald J. Trump — only with postcards.

On March 15th, each of us will mail the White House a postcard that publicly expresses our vocal opposition to the new president. Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.


  1. Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Create your own cards, buy them, share them, it doesn’t matter as long as you write#TheIdesor #TheIdesOfTrump on them somewhere.
  2. Take a picture of your cards and post them on social media (tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump or #TheIdes, please). This will help us verify our numbers.
  3. Spread the word! Everyone on Earth can let Washington know their opinion of the President. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.
  4. Then, on March 15th, mail your cards to:

The President (for now)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

  1. Get ready for the NEXT postcard campaign, and the next, and the next — because we’re not going away. We will make ourselves heard by joining together. And together, we will wield the kind of political clout that can’t be ignored.

THE ONLY RULE IS NO VIOLENCE, THREATS OF VIOLENCE, OR INSINUATIONS OF VIOLENCE. This is about being heard, via postcards. We understand that the ides of March has a history, but that’s not what we are — in ANY WAY — calling for here.

Questions? Check out our official website:

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Sign up to our official Facebook event page, which is easy to share with your network, at

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Make an Urban Mailbox Flag

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment



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.





Vincent van Gogh Mail Art

July 28, 2016 1 comment



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.

Dachshund Portrait

May 13, 2016 3 comments



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.

How to Mail Trading Cards

March 27, 2016 3 comments

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.



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Douglas M. Ryan, I have your U-Pass.



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.


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The whale that went swimming

March 9, 2016 3 comments

whale mail large


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…