Last Sunday, I threw myself a party; my kind of party- a mail art party! It was easy and fun. How fun? Look how fun!
It was also easy. I simply set a date and time, invited some lovely people, gathered supplies and set it all up and then had a blast. I understand that you might want a little more information than that; so I have some slides and a prepared text for you.
STEP ONE: Set a Date and Time. This is the hardest part. You should see my schedule. My schedule is insane. Instead of trying to coordinate with others, I just found the first open spot in my calendar. The thing about mail art is that it's fun with others or by yourself. I knew I'd have a good time even if no one came.
STEP TWO: Invite Lovely People. I invited friends, co-workers and pen pals and most of those people are two out of the three. My house was small and the three people who could make the time that was free on my schedule were just enough.
STEP THREE: Gather Supplies & Set Up. I decided to theme my party around Halloween. It is my most favorite of holidays and one of my favorite motifs. You could pick any theme- a color, an animal, a presidental election..., but it's easier if you pick something familiar. Halloween has a fair amount of craft supplies available for it, making it easy to amass a great number of supplies with very little effort. I went through my collection and pulled out anything spooky, anything weird, anything black, grey, silver, purple, or orange. Our paper sponsor, The Curious Collection by Appleton Coated just sent over a bunch of sparkly paper which was perfect. I also picked up a pack of six glue sticks and three pairs of scissors at the trusty office supply store. From my basics I added ink pads, stencils, and blank labels.
The kitchen was the best place. I pulled in another table from my porch and put an artboard over the top of it so there was a smooth place to work. I put down a craft paper runner so that no one would have to worry about messing up my tables. (Not that they could have, but it's nice to feel free to get glue on things.) I put papers on one side and embellishments and rubber stamps on the other. Everything was going to get mixed up anyway, but it was nice to start out in an orderly manner.
BONUS STEP: Make Goodie Bags. What's a party without a goodie bag? I put together some of the best pieces of Halloween ephemera I had, plus a new Halloween card from Rifle Co., and gave them to my friends when they came in. I gave them out first instead of at the end because I wanted them to be able to use the supplies in the bag.
STEP FOUR: Have a Blast. Then my friends came over and we drank cider and ate goodies generously supplied by Kimberly. (I've been eating dark chocolate Trader Joe's peanut butter cups for breakfast ever since.) All we did was play with the paper. There wasn't any need for "instruction", but I did offer a tip or two regarding a certain thin tissue and tool use. We mail arted for about 3 hours and it was relaxing, fun and all together a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Plus, I now have a giant pile of Halloween envelopes for the rest of my mail this month.
Phew! Did you read all that? If you did, here's your prize. I have one of these goodie bags left over. If you'd like a treat on Halloween, leave a comment with your favorite Halloween postage stamp (mine are a tie between the 42 cent Edgar Allen Poe and the 10 cent Sleepy Hollow). I'll pick a winner by random chance on the 26th at 8:45AM CST. Fun and easy, just like having a mail art party!***A winner has been chosen. Commentor Bonnie, number 17, who likes the Witch Canoe stamp suggestion, won my goodie bag. Yay!***
Trick or Treat,