1. Creating Mail Art gives me an opportunity to try new things: I wanted to try my hand at creating my own envelope out of a magazine page, however I was afraid it would be too flimsy or that I would botch it up, so I improvised instead by covering a bank deposit envelope with a page from an Ethan Allen catalog.
2. Sending Mail Art allows me to use items I might otherwise throw away: The theme of Ginger's September Mail Art Exchange was "earth", so I used some of the nature photos from my page-a-day calendar to cover a used Shutterfly envelope to create a piece of mail art. Here's a look at the front & back.
3. Finding surprise Mail Art makes me smile: The most exciting part of the Mail Art Exchange was receiving EXTRA surprise pieces of Mail Art! This first one came from Amy of Over at our Place. The envelope contained a card from Amy saying "Hello" and another photo card with quote.
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5. Discovering my Mail Art showcased on other blogs: I recently sent a Happy Mail package to Stacy Julian - you can see it on her blog here.
6. Remembering that simple techniques can have a big impact: Another piece of surprise mail arrived from Ruth, a 4"x4" envelope covered with little bits & pieces. I love the way she simply punched circles from map paper for some of the embellishments.
7. Seeing techniques I haven't tried "in real life": A few days later I received another surprise in my mailbox, this one from Ginger. I especially like the way she used a Heidi Swapp mask and Ranger inks to create the leaf pattern on the envelope.
8. Sharing "found poetry" with others: I'm enjoying this new art journal technique and created a card to send in one of my Mail Art envelope.
9. Laughing at the strange timing of international mailing: If Ginger mails an item to me from Canada, I receive it in about seven days. If I mail an item to Ginger, she receives it in about three weeks!
10. Connecting with others from around the world: Whether it's coming from Canada or the UK or Australia or right here in the United States or somewhere else in the world, I enjoy connecting with bloggy friends from all around the globe, sharing Mail Art & inspiration through the postal system!
(Thanks to Shimelle for hosting this fun blog activity each month! To see more Ten on the Tenth posts, click here.)