Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Mail art


Now here's a new opportunity for creation - decorating envelopes. And why not. How much more exciting after all to have a piece of art dropping through your letter box than a plain white envelope - or, even worse, a brown one with the words Inland Revenue written on.

This really set my mind thinking. Why are envelopes normally so dull? Wouldn't it be fun to create some just a little more interesting. Why should they be devoid of colour and line? Many artists are already creating mail art, but why can't we make this mainstream? What sort of envelope would a creative soul at the tax office really like to use? Something that suggests they've got their eye on you perhaps? I resolved there and then to practice my sketching on envelopes from now on and use them to brighten the mail of the unsuspecting. This week I will complete my VAT return and use this to send it off in. Perhaps it will inspire someone at the Revenue...
Coloured pencil and ink pen on envelope.

42 comments:

  1. Love this idea, Cheeky One ! ;)

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  2. I agree about making colorful mail art. I did it for years but spent so much time on them that I was neglecting my "paid" projects. I also worried about postal clerks being able to actually read the address on some of my art mail. My handwriting is very bad and when you add pictures around it..it's very confusing! LOL. I'm sure yours will be wonderful.

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  3. What beautify eye for mail art! Also an excellent idea to practice our creativity. Well Done!

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  4. That is a great idea. Love the eye for the Internal Revenue Service, too. I don't mail too much these days (internet billing, you see), but getting a beautiful artwork in the mail would brighten my day.

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  5. This is great, you are so right too, pretty envelopes should be more available. I have to say when ever I have had a letter in a pretty envelope it does seem SO much more special!

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  6. BRILLIANT! I think that is the best eye I've seen! I hope it falls on the wright person's desk...it's a keeper-peeper...lol, sorry, don't know what my problem is tonight, didn't even have my wine yet!
    XoX

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  7. I love this idea and this sketch. I decorate letters with creative script and flowers, but this is even better! I love it and am going to try it soon!

    Smiles

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  8. LOL!! pretty cool eye! but if this ever come true, that eye would be a scary thing to see when you open your mail box!

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  9. Awesome drawing! I love mail art!!

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  10. Brilliant drawing. A great idea. xx

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  11. Wonderful to get some interesting and beautiful mail,this is excellent!! Hugs, Gayle.

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  12. i just imagine the mail man carrying this eye envelope with him to deliver... i´m sure he would be very impressed!!

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  13. Beautiful eye-catching mail art!

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  14. That's a good idea! Love the eye.

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  15. What a lovely idea - it reminds me of being a child and getting letters through the post from pen-pals who would decorate the envelopes of their letters. It really increases the anticipation of what could be inside.
    I would love to receive one in the post (hint hint) ;)

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  16. beautiful drawing , so expressive. it might make the taxman human if they see this.

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  17. Your envelope is wonderful!

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  18. This one made me laugh out loud Lisa, I get just that feeling when an envelope arrives from the Inland Rev. Superb sense of humour and fantastic idea. Great stuff.

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  19. Nicely done.....

    in the past few years, we've had to "do things by the book" if you walk through the postal door. A few times, I've put my stamps in the middle of the envelope or wherever, with no problem. Now, you must put them in the top right.

    Although, if you're sure you have the right amount of postage, if you slip in the box, it gets to its destination anyway. Go figure!

    Cheers!

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  20. I agree--envelopes should be colorful--I'd love finding this one in my mailbox. I think the postman would really enjoy his job--finding all of the unique envelopes.

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  21. Wow verya impressive.
    Looks great.

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  22. My artsy girlfriend just sent me an inspirational art book in an envelope decorated with polka-dots and pink paper. It said- fun mail inside! For me presentation is all part of the experience. I knew something good was inside but I did not rip it open at the mailbox. I waited until I was on my deck with an ice tea and all settled in and then opened the pretty package.

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  23. Fabulous art with a great sense of humor too!!! I just adore mail art. Always so much fun to find in my mailbox - much more fun than bills and advertisements! Hugs, Terri

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  24. This is wonderful mail art! Back in the day when more people actually sent letters, stamps and stationery was quite creative. But with the onset of email- it is a dying art form. I do recommend you checking out the books from Nick Bantock- amazing correspondence art!

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  25. Gorgeous eye and a terrific idea. I decorate for artists but rarely for bills, time to change that...

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  26. Wow, this would really distract me while delivering the post (which is my holiday job).
    Beautiful!

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  27. Definitely eyecatching, Pam! Beautiful eye.

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  28. You make a good point, but... being remembered by HM Customs & Revenue may not be the way to go!!! Send me a letter instead and I'll do you a gorgeous one back! mwah!!

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  29. I love MAIL ART! I do not see any good reason for sending a boring old envelope with nothing pretty on it!

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  30. Your art work is astounding - your eye just looks so real - and I am sure it is going to brighten someone's day at the VAT office.

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  31. that.s an awesome EYEdea..sorry, i couldn.t resist.
    i have been doodling on my envelopes for years.
    thanks for reminding me.
    happy day.
    c

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  32. Lovely sketch! I so agree. Receiving mail art like this would really grab my attention. :)

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  33. yes, i think the world would be happier if all my mail came in beautiful envelops! :)

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  34. Wouldn't this just make your day to receive this gorgeous piece of mail. especially if you were in an office cubicle trying to do all that tax work!

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  35. Oh good one,love the eye! Such a great idea.

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  36. Where do I sign up... I want one? :D

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  37. such a wonderful eye! I love decorated envelopes.

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  38. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Why, indeed, should envelopes be boring? I think decorated envelopes could be quite habit-forming! Yours is superb. Fantastic artwork. I love it.

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