Tuesday, July 12, 2022

REPURPOSED JUNK MAIL - Post Card Swap - Postmark by or before Wednesday, JULY 27th - UPDATED

Acrylic paints on Gelli Printing Plate and metal grid over
junk mail envelope - by hhc

 One person's junk is another person's treasure, right? Let's repurpose that persistent, unwanted, unsolicited junk mail and make something beautiful.  You can use your junk mail as a background, as the main feature, or use bits of many different pieces together to make a (collaged) picture or to spell out new messages.  Playing with words can be fun!

by hhc- repurposed 10th Celebration Post Card :)

OXFORD LANGUAGES defines repurposing as to "reuse (discarded objects or materials) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.  With the example:  'the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products...'"

by hhc - junk mail envelope liners, always more fun with rubber stamps!!!

Ink them, scuff paint on them for that "grunge" look; stencil, rubber stamp, fold them, rip them, layer them, punch out shapes - even make altered pictures with them if your junk mail has pictures as well as words.  Many possibilities exist...

by hhc - putting junk mail to profitable use!

But make sure we can see that you did use junk mail (even though the temptation might be to cover it completely with opaque paint :)

You also can reference on the back of your post card(s) what you started with.

Techniques/media may include paint, ink, rubber stamping, collage, etc.  Just remember that art that hangs over the edge of your post card(s) will require extra postage, as will notched corners, over-sized, thick or stiff cardboard.  The "flex test" is quite simple. 

Thanks to LaDonna for suggesting this swap theme.

Sample format for back of post cards


  • You may send in as many as four Post Cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist.)  
  • Maximum Post Card size is no larger than 4+1/4" by 6 inches.
  • Minimum Post Card size is 3+1/2" x 5".
Enclose loose postage for each of your art pieces.  Also one self-address label for each card that you expect to receive in return.
  • If you're sending more than one PC, please insert waxed paper or parchment between the
  •  cards so they don't get stuck together in the
  •  envelope, especially if you are using glue or paint.  
  • Please write your return address or email address on the back of each PC so your swap partner(s) can thank you.
  • Mail your PC's to your swap host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the exchanged PC's after the swap is processed
POSTMARK YOUR ART BY or BEFORE JULY 27th.  (If running late, please email me.)

Honi C.
PO Box 142  Freedom, NY 14065

Questions:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

 You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov

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