|toile la la mail art to E|
|Mailbox lid - mail art|
|Mailbox full of mail art and correspondence|
|mail art from E to toile la la|
|mail art from E|
Initially, my handwriting was not as refined as I wished. I serendipitously happened upon a wonderful antique typewriter and began typing my correspondence for a small number of recipients. As another artform, I began stitching on paper to alter images - or in envelope assembly and to add texture or a border.
E began typing and stitching to me too. She has acquired quite a collection of vintage typewriters - and her sewing machine has a more extensive range of stitches.
Having familiarized myself with her collection of rubber stamps, embossing seals, sewing machine stitch patterns, typing ink and envelopes - I recently requested from E a particular combination: red thread, a French stamp inked with brown-black ink, red typing ink, and a seal on her natural envelopes - which remind me of unbleached linen. I was delighted to promptly receive them and have been using them for correspondence with E, so she's been able to enjoy her own handiwork via mail art! Stamps she shared with me from her own collection add great color and visual interest. I was inspired by the writing on the stamp and decided to add a speech bubble with characters.
|mail art, toile la la (on an envelope from E)|
|E's stamp collection and embellished envelope|
|two letters from E|
I love how the typing here is visible from the reverse side - and how E added gold touches to Renoir's blue nude:
For one of my letters to E, I altered a vintage photo of a man holding a baby. With scissors, I snipped around the baby to make him appear to be perched in a tree. A few weeks later, the tree-baby returned to me on the outside of E's envelope!
Recently, E sent me several vintage postcards - to which I added collage elements, or handpainting. For a few days, I contemplated the transformation of this souvenir restaurant postcard - and then decided to add George Washington, the lighthouse, and the painted clouds and seaside:
|toile la la mail art: collage and handpainted altered postcard|