Saturday, December 26, 2009

irene watts

Irene, who is known for her detailed and lusciously colored artwork, sent me this "minimalist" card in a salute to Etegami. The colorful artistamps on the addressed side are her creations too. (I'm afraid the card went though a bit of wear and tear on both sides by the time it reached me.)

talvikki lusa

What a wonderful surprise to receive Talvikki's beautiful etching from a random matching on Postcrossing. If you love receiving picture postcards from all over the world, and you haven't heard of Postcrossing, let this be the last day of your ignorance! Check out

Monday, December 21, 2009


Very cool deer print on the flap of a cardboard box. The Belgium bird stamps on the other side would love the Japanese bug stamps I often use to send mail art, don't you think? Best Wishes for 2010 to you too, frips! : )

Monday, December 14, 2009

katerina nikoltsou

Katerina sent me these apple prints she made in 2005. Two of them show the star in the center of an apple which is revealed when the apple is sliced crossways. On the back of the cards she quotes from Turkish author Orhan Pamuk's The Black Book: "I loved you when you showed me the perfect star in the heart of the apple..." (p.372)


Jennlui's second mini-book is an interactive "shrine making kit" with empty shrine frames and a mini-envelope full of emblems and paper keys and things to use in "creating your own shrine."

cole imperi

Cole says she used a fountain pen and brown ink to make this image representing earth, water, and growth. Thanks for your submission to my gift/giving mail art call!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

marni zainodin

This piece of art is an etegami-style painting of a tropical flower and a colorful fish on a coarsely textured postcard. Beautiful colors. The pose of the the fish is particularly intriguing to me, and I like how it extends beyond the border of the box.

marnie blair

Silkscreen owl on paper made at the Banff Centre. This circle of very thin paper made it intact through overseas postal delivery. I am truly amazed! Besides, how could Marnie, whom I've never met, know that I am very fond of owls, and that I collect owl-themed artwork?

katerina nikoltsou

Katerina added her own painting of holly to a UNICEF card made with handmade paper from Nepal. Nice embellishment!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

janet azjanorama

This lovely Chinese-style brush painting of oranges comes with a haiku inscribed on the back: "Anticipation/ weighs down the limbs with green fruit/ on the orange tree." The envelope looks to be hand-decorated too. I LOVE the dragonfly stamp!!