Monthly Archives: March 2012

RECEIVED CARD #10.1 & #10.2: Dutch horses and a Russian dragon

Another postcrossing-card double-feature just for you : )

This little cutie was sent to me by Renate from the Netherlands. It travelled 160 miles (257 km) in three days before I got to find it in my mailbox:

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And this beautiful Russian dragon was sent to me by Olga and came all the way from Sibera, travelling 2863 miles (4608 km) in 27 days:


Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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HYDRA Follow Up: The Red Hydra envelope

Hey folks,

If you’ve been here for my Hydra post on Thursday last week you know that I hadn’t been done with the envelope for the “Red Hydra” version of my lino print then…

…but now, it’s all done and finished. So, here it is:

I took an old cork and cut it in half to get a rougher surface, then dipped it in white acrylic paint and stamped – what hopefully looks like ocean spray : ) – straight onto the envelope. Then I added a little sparkly touch to it using a silver paint marker and voilà done was the red ocean spray hydra envelope. It doesn’t look all that cool in the photographs but in realitiy I think the envelope turned out to be rather awesome ; D And this little pretty and simple piece of mail art is gonna go out to Julia Winkler from Nevada, USA today.

Have a nice day!

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A little something from Val

Today it’s just a little something I received from French mailartist Valentine “Val” Mark Herman not too long ago. It’s almost got a trashpo-feel to it and I don’t quite know what to make of it. Love it, like it or even hate it?!? I don’t know. This piece of art is an emotional mystery to me. What do you think?

Oh, and today is International Skyscaper Day. So climb some stairs and scrape the sky : )


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SENT CARD #13: I ♥ you…

… a card for Daria from Belarus : )

I don’t know if you can see it in the picture but the little heart is not simply a blank spot on the card; there’s an actual heart-shaped hole in it. When I saw it at one of my local “postcard-dealers” at home I just had to buy it. Writing this really makes me want to go postcard-shopping soon and see what the Floridian postcard-dealers have to offer : P
Well, at that time I hadn’t even known whom to send the card to but when I read on Daria’s profile that she likes romantic postcards I knew that this was to be hers. So I sent the little heart on its 18-day-long journey to cross the distance of 607 miles (977 km) that lie between my hometown and Daria’s mailbox in Belarus.

Have a great week!

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“Kitchen Ink” by Kerri Pullo

Hey there!

As promised: Some wonderful mail art by the wonderful Kerri Pullo. I just love her “Kitchen Ink”. Love, love, love, love, love it! I can’t even say why… just see for yourself:

What did I say?! Kerri’s “Kitchen Ink” is just awesome…

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HYDRA

“Heracles tried to break free by smashing the monster’s head but as soon as he cut one, two more heads would appear in its place.”

The Hydra is one of my favorite mythological creatures. For some reason I like all the snaky creatures, like dragons, the medusa and of course the Hydra the best. But it’s funny, I think in real life I’d never ever touch a snake or lizard – or maybe I would, I honestly don’t know… I had a ball creating this HYDRA lino-print though 😛

I had the idea when I started to think about a fitting mail art response to the Flood Art I received from BrisChris. At first I wanted to stick to the flood theme but I changed and simplified it to the “water theme”. And, well, since “hydra” is Greek for “water” I created an edition of eleven Hydra lino-prints.

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And since I didn’t want to waste the two proofs I made I added some color to them with felt pens, creating a “Blue Hydra” and a “Red Hydra”.

The blue one I already sent on its way to BrisChris in this envelope:

I can’t wait for her to receive it. The envelope for the Red Hydra is still blank but I already know that I will be sending that one to Julia Winkler who’d sent me the cute belated Valentine greetings card back in February.

I’m really excited about my little Hydra project J

I wish you a great “World Day of Water”

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World Frog Day

Hi everyone,

For all of you who don’t know it or haven’t realized it yet: I am travelling again!!! YAY! I just arrived in the US yesterday and am still a bit jet-lagged – but that won’t keep me from celebrating the “World Frog Day” with some special mail art today!

Isn’t it a cute little froggy?! I specifically created it for today’s “World Frog Day” (not to be confused with “World Save The Frogs Day”, that’d be April 28th. Maybe I’ll do some more frog-themed mail art for that day…). I hadn’t expected it to turn out that well. I haven’t worked in watercolor for at least four years and about two weeks ago now I bought a really nice set of watercolor-paints. I spent stupid money but I wanted to have the real deal “Schmincke” paints. The colors are so vibrant!

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Of course I also created a matching envelope for my lil’ green friend. I simply didn’t feel comfortable sending it out “stark naked” and without any protection.

I decided to send it to Kerri Pullo, a very talented mail artist from Tuscon, Arizona. I think I’ve scheduled a post featuring a piece of mail art I received from her for this week. So, just hang on a little longer there.

Well, I only hope Kerri will like the froggy mail art. How do you like it? Have you done anything with watercolors lately?

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