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NOV: Traveling Mail Art Kit 2012

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NOV: Traveling Mail Art Kit 2012
Group:Zines, mail art & other cool stuff
Swap Coordinator:iLoveMail (contact)
Swap categories: Letters & Writing  Handmade  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:18
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.97
Last day to signup/drop:November 16, 2012
Date items must be sent by:December 4, 2012
Number of swap partners:1

This is a variation on a swap previously hosted by the amazingly creative @Tanglecrafts and then myself :)

With inspiration from the book "Good Mail Day", we will put together a portable pack of mail art essentials so that our partner will be prepared whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. I can never fit enough supplies in my kit, because I want a little bit of everything! Since every mail artist is different, I thought it would be interesting to see what others consider the essentials of mail art.

Imagine you are introducing your partner to mail art for the 1st time and send the following:


1. A container for their kit: this could be an envelope, but it must be sturdy/rigid enough to be used & carry the items you're sending; re-purposed flat tin container, a box from a set of large note cards, vinyl or mesh zippered pouch – maybe even a re-purposed pencil case or make-up bag. It can be handmade, sewn or purchased. The important requirement is that it is portable, so it should be no larger than 6x9 inches, and be durable enough not to fall apart after being filled with supplies and used!


2. FIVE (5) items from the list below that you consider essential to successful mail art:

  • a black, blue or red permanent, smudge-proof, fine tip quality pen (one you'd like to use, no crap please)
  • adhesive other than a glue stick or scotch tape
  • blank labels, ("to") handmade or purchased (10)
  • artistamps or faux postage (10)
  • 4 blank postcards
  • a small handmade address book or mini journal for keeping track of correspondence or ideas
  • set of personalized address labels (20)
  • 2 handmade altered/decorated postcards
  • 3 handmade envies, mailable sizes
  • envelope seals, handmade or purchased (10)


3. THREE (3) items from this list that you think would help your partner create great mail art:

  • a colored sharpie pen (other than red or blue), or set of mini markers
  • a small rubber stamp with your partner's 1st initial, or other small stamp useful for mail art
  • 5 un-used postcard stamps or 3 letter stamps if partner is within the same country
  • a postal-related rubber stamp - hand-carved or purchased (like a blank postage stamp, snail-mail or curvy canceled postage lines, for example)
  • airmail stickers, even if not in the same country (10)
  • an office date stamp, "do not bend","fragile" or other paper-related stamp
  • small ink pad (any color)
  • wax seals or sealing wax
  • a roll of deco tape that you're partner would like (not just a cheap one you have lying around that you won't use)
  • an item not listed that you use for mail art or would be useful


4. An idea, technique, or tip that helps you create great mail art - - this can be written by hand; done by example (sending an item using the technique); or in a "how-to" mini-zine. For example, inking, paper-sewing, envelope folding, homemade glue/adhesive, making paper, etc. These are just ideas!


Please make sure that all of the items fit simultaneously inside the container you have chosen. Try to send a good combination of the items listed; think of what your partner would love to receive, based on their profile.

I'm giving a few weeks to sign up & two more to send, while still allowing us to finish before December. Usual group rules apply; I will check profiles before assigning partners. PM or post below with any questions.


iLoveMail 10/27/2012 #

Hey Joiners & Watchers! Normally this swap consists of 2 partners, but I changed it up a bit this year. I was wondering if anyone is interested in having more than 1 partner or if you like it the way it is? Please post your opinions/thoughts below :)

ZzMonstruozZ 10/30/2012 #

One partner is perfect to me! Since it's an international swap and it could be a little heavy pack the cost of shipping is much more easy to face =) watching by now! (great idea, by the way) =P

iLoveMail 10/31/2012 #

Thanks for posting @ZzMonstruozZ

Itti 11/15/2012 #

1 partner is good for me too. Two partners is a heavy time and money commitment.

iLoveMail 11/27/2012 #

I've had some things come up and need to extend the send deadline to next week. I'll e-mail everyone also. Thanks for understanding :)

BusyB 11/27/2012 #

I for one am glad for the extra time. I am having a hard time finding a nice pouch/ travel container for my partner. The extra time will help. Thanks!

flofirenzie 11/27/2012 #

Barnes and Nobel Bookstores has some wonderful zipper pouches that you can use for the kit.

iLoveMail 12/ 1/2012 #

Think outside the box too; sometimes small make up cases/soft carriers work well, especially if they have random pockets.

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