Lieve Engerd, de groetjes

When I was a little child, I often borrowed a book in the library a book called Lieve Engerd, de groetjes. A book for kids about writing letters. Not that I had penpals, but I loved the whole idea of writing letters. When I got older, I forgot about the book until a couple of years ago when I started with writing letters. It took me some time to remember the title of book. When I finally remembered the title, the quest to find to book began! It took me weeks to find the book. But when I found it, I was so happy!

In the five chapters the author takes you with him in the wonderful world of letter writing. The first chapter is about how to write a letter and with lots of handy tips. Chapter two is about difficult letters, like what to write to someone who is ill or how to write a penpal add. This chapter contains lots of example of the letters they are mentioned. The third chapter is the letter Abc and gives you more than 80 tips for funny and unusual letters. Chapter for is about the history of letter writing. Very nice to read. The final chapter is about the morse abc and stamp language. Through out the whole book are lots of funny drawings all related to writing letters.

Although it’s a book for children, it’s nice to read it after many years!

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Good mail day, A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art,

Who doesn’t like it, finding a beautiful envelop in the mailbox? Some envelopes are real pieces of art. Thanks to the book Good mail day,  A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, everybody can make mail art!

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The book starts with explaining why it’s so much fun to sent mail.  I read this book when I didn’t at much inspiration to write letters and sent mail. But after reading the book, I immediately got my letter writing mood back! After this introduction, there are ten chapters about all aspects of mail art.

The first chapter is about the history of mail art. It’s interesting to read and see that the roots of mail art can be found  by painters and other artists from the Dada art movement. The second chapter is about the do’s and don’ts of sending mail (art). Including the seven sins of sending mail! Now you know what mail art is, the history of it and the things you can and can’t do. The writers of the book tell you what you need to make mail art. Also the give some good advice to make a on the road kit so that you anywhere and at any time sent mail. I really like this idea! Maybe I should make my own mail on the road kit! Chapter four is about finding inspiration literally on the street! They encourage you to make mail art with things you find on the street. The chapters 5 and 6 are about making and decorating envelopes. Out of the box mail is the theme of chapter 7.  In this chapter you can find strange and unusually objects that have been seen by mail. For example money in a see-through envelop (arrived including the money) or a hammer (didn’t arrive). How to make your own artist stamps will be explained in chapter 8. The next chapter is an ode to the hand written letter. In the final chapter you can find information and tips how to start your own mail art projects: how you start them, how you document them and how to keep track.

Through the whole book you can find lots of beautiful and inspiring pictures of mail art. When I was reading this book, I got a lot of inspiration and wanted to make my own mail art again! Besides the pictures, there is also a list with websites that are about mail art and sending mail. Furthermore there are four cards and lots of stickers that you can use for your mail art.

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This book is very nice and inspiring. You can read it from front to the back or you can read the chapter about the subject that you’re interest in. I’m very happy that this book is part of my collection. Every time when I need inspiration or not in the mood to write, I often pick up this book and after reading and looking, I re-find my joy in creating piece of mail art.

Good mail day,  A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler.

Envelopes by Harriet Russell

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I love reading books about letter writing and mail. One of my favorites is Envelopes by Harriet Russell.

Harriet started with sending herself mail in 1998 living in Glasgow as an art student who was  surprised that mail still can be delivered, even when the address is miss-spelled. At first Harriet wrote the address of her house backwards or miss-spelled. Later, she ‘wrote’ her address more difficult like a word-searcher or draw a map of the area where she lived. Living in Glasgow, she had sent 130 envelopes to her self.  And 12o envelopes were delivered back to her!

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In the book Envelopes are 84 envelopes dat Harriet has sent out. Each one is like a little piece of art and each one is more creative than the next one!

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Want to know more about Harriet Russell and her amazing project? Visit one of her websites: http://harrietrussell.blogspot.nl/ or http://www.harrietrussell.co.uk/