I’ve been making a lot of painted mail art pieces. Mostly I’ve used advertising cards I get in the mail as the backgrounds, or else I cut up the cardboard boxes that cereal,tea, crackers and that kind of thing come in. For this current group of mail art, I include no words, no figures, nothing but the colors and shapes. I like the effect of the paint on top of the print – you can see hints of what was there before. And since most of these are done on cards with a shiny surface, there is a lot of room for scraping and scratching, layers and layers.
Here are some examples. These particular pieces are done on top of some postcard-sized cards that came with a gift of some coffee in the mail, except for one – it came from a cereal box I cut up. Keep your eyes open – your junk mail has possibilities beyond the recycling bin, and all those cardboard boxes are exactly right for mail art.
I decorate both sides of the card – since both sides are seen as it goes through the mail. One is the image side and one is for the address. I decide just as I am getting them ready for the mail – I don’t plan it out before. Here I just presented my favorite side for each postcard. I always do like one more than the other.