Monday, September 23, 2013

Bird Postcard Swap - Due November 12

I can’t believe I’ve been hosting swaps for a year and a half and we haven’t done a bird theme yet.  I know birds have been über-trendy in the art world for years now, and maybe that’s why I’ve avoided it, but the truth is, I love birds and really don’t ever get tired of them.  So let’s do it!

Swap Details
  • create postcard-sized art that features a bird (or birds).  All styles of art are welcome -you do not need to create collages or mixed media pieces.  Feel free to draw, paint, sew, sculpt, digitize, etc.
  • make as many cards as you like - you will get back the same number you send
  • postcards will be mailed from my post office without envelopes so make sure whatever you create is sturdy enough to survive mail handling.
  • 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 Birds” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail
  • 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.  Consider adding a note or favorite quote for your partner
  • include an address label for each card you create
  • include stamps for each card you create (or send me cash, or send me postal money via paypal)
  • international swappers are welcome - the postage cost is $1.10 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 (currently $.33) your card cannot be bigger than 4.25 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage than one of those "apple" stamps
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular $.46 "forever" 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 $.66
  • If your card doesn't bend, the post office considers it a package and will cost $2.07 to mail.

Mail your cards no later than November 12th
Karen Isaacson
PO Box 532
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States


Anonymous said...

I can't keep up, you are being so organized! xox

PostMuse said...

Thank you for the postal regulations notes. I have been spending about $5 a month in "postage due" fees so I've backed off on mailart for a bit. I take my mailart to the post office, and I've been told it is postcard rate, and then the recipient is charged postage due for 13¢ to make it regular postage. I'm sure that is what is happening on my end and why I'm paying so many more postage due fees. I've even been charged $2.07 for mailart that went for 33¢ the week before. It is ridiculous that the rate is such an arbitrary thing, and it is making it harder and harder to send mail. USPS is shooting itself in the foot.

Nydiart said...

I'm game! i love birds and made 3 of them.Will be sending out soon! Thank you for the information. Pretty cool!

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