Monday, October 7, 2013
Dear Mail Art, I Love You!
When I was a kid living in the tiny little town where I grew up, going to the mail box every day was exciting. We used to get big fabric zippered bags of library books we ordered from the public library in the closest big city 60 miles away. People sent cards back then. I had pen pals and a long distance boyfriend or two who sent letters. Before computers, email, Facebook, texting, blogs and all the other modern conveniences that make it so easy to stay in touch now, I wrote long, long (really long) letters and mailed a lot of cards. I really love it still. I just don't take the time to do it anymore There is an inverse correlation between the numbers of hours I spend on computers and the legibility of my handwriting, which makes writing long, long letters less appealing.
But I still love going to the mailbox especially when I find something in there more fun than bills.
This summer, one of my favorite other artists to follow on Facebook and Instagram, Roben-Marie Smith had a giveaway of her newest class called You've Got Mail....Art on her blog. I was so excited to win a seat! But the summer turned out to be completely crazy with camps for my girl and my mom having surgery and my son going to college. I was able to watch the videos, but I didn't get to do any projects until the last couple of weeks. I have had a complete blast turning protein bar boxes and used manilla envelopes into fun art to help keep the United States Postal Service in business and make some mail boxes happy.
This is great class. It's very affordable and you have forever access, two prerequisites for me. The other is that it be AWESOME!! This is that, too!
I guess this blog has been serving as a stand-in for my long letters from long ago. But, I'm working on my penmanship so that I can send these off, too.
May the good Lord bless you with a happy mailbox!
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