Sunday, February 1, 2015

Favorite book postcards – due March 16th

Create a postcard based on one of your favorite books.

It could be a  children’s book or an adult book.

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biography.

Illustrated or not.
Classic or contemporary.
Any book that means a lot to you personally.

(I'm finding it hard to believe that this lifelong reader has never created a piece of art based on a book!)

Your creation can use any media and any style.

You might make a card based around a favorite character, or a favorite quote, or the mood the book invokes, or a memory of reading the book.

This one is wide open to interpretation, but be sure to include the name and author if the book on the back of your card so that we can learned about your source of inspiration.

Swap details:

  • You may submit as many as four cards (you will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)

  • if you're sending me more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope

  • Write “MMSA Favorite book” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail

  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.   

  • A note for your partner on the left side of the postcard is a nice touch.  Don't forget to include the title and author of your book.

  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)

  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (I will attach them to the cards I mail back to you)

  • Please attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines).  If you don’t have any stamps and it’s difficult for you to get some, go ahead and send me money instead.  You can stick cash in the envelope, or send it to me via paypal (

  • International swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.15 per card (paypal account is

Postage and Card Size
You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines

  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage  

  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) stamp is what you need. 

  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.70

  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:

Mail your cards no later than March 16th. (I don’t need to receive them by the 16th, they need to be postmarked by the 16th.)

Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


  1. Great to see MMSA back in action for 2015. I like this theme a lot - hopefully when you post these you'll let us try and guess the books the postcards are based on.

    1. good idea, Phillip. I can go back and reveal the answers after a certain amount of time, but let people guess first.

  2. Wow oh wow. Is this tempting!
    Maybe I could make ONE little postcard...