Thursday, August 4, 2011

Good Mail Day - Time to Pass the Book

Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art

It's time to Pass the Book - the Good Mail Day book that is! I thoroughly enjoyed my read through this book. The book shares a little bit about the history of Postal Art, lists the Dos & Don'ts and Etiquette for preparing, sending, and acknowledging mail art, and is filled with examples of mail art pieces as well as ideas for materials to use in producing your own creations.

I have to admit that I've been a little intimidated over the past few months, reading about and seeing such lovely mail art pieces being exchanged among the bloggers I follow. There have been some truly artistic pieces with lots of painting and drawing and exquisite use of materials. However, I was relieved to see that mail art can simply be created using found materials in a collage fashion on any type of envelope (or even a handmade one!).

This is more my style, and I have enjoyed preparing a few items to send out to bloggy friends around the world. I chose items to use on the envelopes with specific individuals in mind. For a bloggy friend who shares my love of reading - miscellaneous bookmarks, parts of a magazine article about bookstores and book stickers.

For a bloggy friend who enjoys words - old dictionary pages & word stamps.

For a bloggy friend who is working on healthy living and weight loss - healthy food photos & snippets of magazine articles.

For a bloggy friend who is waiting on a phone call - telephone pages & the dictionary page for the word "wait".

And for two more bloggy friends - a few miscellaneous fun, colorful items.

If you would like a chance to be the next recipient of Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, please leave a comment below telling me about the last piece of mail you received that truly made you smile. I'll pick a winner at random from all comments left by noon (CST) Wednesday, August 10. Please check out Sian's Pass the Book page for all the details on this fun book sharing project.

I am so grateful that Sian has shared her books with us over the past year (and will continue to do so as each book will travel for a year before returning home to Sian). In fact, there's still time to get in the draw for the last book she'll be sending out - check it out here.

But the fun doesn't stop there - I am totally excited to announce that I will be continuing this great project with Pass the Book Year Two! I'll be adding a page to my blog about it in the next week and plan to pass the first book within the next two weeks, so be sure to check back often as we keep passing the books!


  1. I'm so very very happy that you will be continuing to pass out the books Melissa. I'll be here putting my name in the hat, that's for sure!

    Your mail art looks very exciting

  2. I've had my eye on this book as it's travelled :) Please pop me in the draw!

    And, wow, I love your pieces - so varied but all so very lovely xx

  3. I was pretty intimidated by the idea of mail art, but seeing your pieces has loosened that up! great job!

  4. Love all the different pieces of mail art that you've made...I loved this book.

  5. I've been intimidated by the wonderful examples of MailArt I've seen on Blogs too, Melissa! Maybe it's time I put myself in the draw and find out for what you've done!
    Alison xx

  6. I don't think I ever had Good Mail Day, although I honestly can't remember for sure. If I'm not in the blog roll in the front, please add me to the drawing! :)


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