Postcards are a great vehicle for sending messages, and are a casual alternative to more formal folded cards with scripted envelopes. Aside from the standard news-stand destination postcards, there are a HUGE variety of artistic alternatives. I wanted to share one that I've found, along with 5 reasons to write your next postcards.
This is Johanna Besford's Secret Garden, a book of 20 detachable postcards that you can color! It is an adaptation of Besford's "adult" coloring book. You can get it from Laurence King Publishing (or Barnes and Noble, or where have you). What caught my eye, aside from the fine line detail, is the shiny golf foil on the cover Illustration. I was hoping there would be the same treatment on the postcards themselves, but upon seeing there was not, I realized it was the perfect opportunity for the FineTec gold palette.
I chose three design (the beetles are my favorite) and colored them in limited palettes with colored pencil, watercolor, and FineTec Arabic Gold. I like to pick a technique a stick to it so it establishes a theme. Next time I'll do something different. What's really fun about these postcards, is you can personalize the design, and put your penmanship to work on the written side.
I used FineTec gold to flourish a casual script. I was happy to have had the Summer Harvest Forever stamps. It seemed to fit in with the garden motif.
Mail is my favorite hobby, but sometimes it's difficult to find an excuse to send mail when the holiday season isn't hot. Summer is a dry stretch without a whole lot of opportunities for mail, but I wanted to share 5 reasons you might want to send postcards this summer:
- 1. "It was good to see you!" — Summer brings a lot of opportunities for friends and family to get together, potentially those you haven't seen in a while. A postcard is a casual way to remind them your time together was meaningful. (That's what this batch was written for)
- 2. Invitation — Planning a get together more than a couple days in advance? Postcards are an easy and cost effective alternative to invitations. Sure, everyone likes a Facebook e-vite, but a real invitation makes way for a real party. You can design and print your own postcards on moo.com for as little as $9.99.
- 3. Traveling — Whether you're going on vacation, a road trip, or playing tourist in your own city, grab a couple of postcards and let your friends know something about where you've been.
- 4. Teach Something — If you're short on words but feeling crafty, postcards are a great way to send recipes, cocktails, quotes, trivia, or any bit of info. The Postman's Knock has a great recipe card tutorial that can be easily adapted as a postcard.
- 5. Just Because! — Did you know that you can send and receive postcards from all over the world for nothing more than the cost of postage? Postcrossing is an international postcard exchange. You can customize your profile so crossers can tailor their cards to you and you can also direct swap mail with interesting people you might meet.
Mail away my friends. Make that post office work. Apologies this was late, I was visiting Chicago for a (fabulous) wedding. Until next Sunday all!