I feel like I am a babe in the woods when it comes to this particular artistic medium. I am much more comfortable with words... but I have been exercising my mail art muscles, thanks to the inspiring examples from other letter-loving bloggers.
The photos below are of my version of an 'envaccordian'. It was inspired by a fabulous piece of mail art by Bianca of Goodnight Little Spoon, who sent it to Ilona of the Missive Maven. In turn, Bianca was inspired by a Paper Source tutorial. I had so much fun making this. It was for a friend who has been having a bit of a hard time lately so I tried to fill it with beautiful and inspiring things, including a few quotes that I love.
I apologise in advance for the absolutely terrible photo quality. Until yesterday, my only camera was the crap one in my mobile... aargh... and unfortunately I can't re-take the photos as the letter was sent a while ago. But, for what it's worth, here they are...
... but just one last thing. I want to say that I love all letters and to me the written word is still supreme. I don't want anyone who writes to me to feel pressured to go all creative. The best letters, to me, are the ones that reflect the author... in whatever way that is.
The envaccordion made from three envelopes glued together - and the cards that went into each envelope.
And now with the cards tucked into their pockets.
The front of the envelope... I loved these little paper dolls.
A quote that you can only read when you take the card out of the envelop, as I continued the writing onto the inside. The quote is from Anais Nin, and because it's so hard to read, here it is again:
"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossum."
The card that was tucked into that pocket. The colour didn't come out very well but it is hot pink. I've featured this previously on my blog as a piece of stationery I love.
The back. I told you I loved those paper dolls.
The middle section. The dragonflies trail is decorated with a famous quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
The cards in the second and third envelopes. The grey and white pic is of a famous Australian artist (though I don't remember who) but I just love the look of the smock and the paintbrushes... it kind of epitomises the creative process to me.
I used the postcard with the bird pic as I had a particular bird-referencing quote I wanted to use.
This is the back of the artist card. The quote from Carrie Fisher says:
"I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art."
The back of the bird card, a quote by Maya Angelou:
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer;
it sings because it has a song."
The third envelope: my best creations ever, my kids :-).
I have forgotten the exact wording on the magazine clipping I stuck inside this envelope, but it is something like:
"At night she would become a magnificent bird."
And finally, the back of the envelope (when it is closed).
Love from Kaz.