It’s been a while since I wrote about postcards, with my last post being in late February. For a while I hadn’t been coming up with very many ideas for any new postcards. And I haven’t heard back from any of my pen pals who usually send me postcards so I haven’t had much motivation to make any new ones, not even for the blog.
But now I’m back on my postcard passion as I’ve found a new motivation to try and make at least one per week. I’ll tell you more about that towards the end of this post, which will explain the title that I chose for it as well. Right now, let’s get to the postcard.
I call this one Forest Path. This one’s pretty self explanatory. Done in both crayon and color pencil, I consider this to be an “abstract sketch”. As you can probably tell from looking, I used many rapid marks and pencil lines to make out the trees and grassy areas and filled in the rest of the image using crayon. This was definitely one of my quickest pieces as it took me about half an hour, or less, to make it. In terms of speed, I’d say it’s not bad, though not one of my best works. Overall, it’s okay. It conveys to viewers what it is I think. Isn’t that what art is supposed to do?
So now let’s get to the part as to why I did this piece.
As I mentioned above, I haven’t had much motivation in making new postcards lately. However, last week, I was watching a couple of videos on YouTube about pen pals and letter writing (yep, I’m a total YouTube junkie, I admit it). And I came across a video that mentioned a site called “Postcrossing.com”. It’s a site that’s dedicated to individuals who love postcards, which of course, I do. You can read all about it by clicking here. But to give you a quick description of it, basically, this site allows you to send postcards all over the world and receive postcards from all over the world, simply by using the mail. In this day and age where social media pretty much rules the world (I personally think it’s highly overrated), sending things like letters and parcels through the mail seems like something out of the stone age. But I have to say that I really enjoy it and have enjoyed it for the past 4 years or so. It’s more fun than wasting time on a lot of the social media sites these days, that’s for sure.
Anyway, to participate in the postcard exchange, you sign up on the site, and request to send a postcard. The site will randomly select a person that’s also signed up on the site and give you their address, along with a postcard ID, which you need in order to receive postcards. It changes with each one you send out so you have to make sure that you write it down each time (on each postcard that you send out).
Next you just mail it like you would any other postcard. When your person receives it, they register it (using the ID number that you write on the postcard, which is why it’s important to write it on there) and that qualifies you to receive a postcard from another random person from somewhere else (not the same person that you sent your postcard to). It’s completely random so it could come from anywhere in the world! And once you receive it, then you must register that postcard using the ID number that (hopefully) the sender wrote down, which will allow them to receive a random postcard from someone else. And that’s it, the process starts over again. It’s pretty straight forward once you get used to it. I have yet to receive any postcards yet, but I’ve only been on the site for a week now. I figured that I would give this a try as it sounded interesting. And doing this will give me a good excuse to keep the blog updated with new postcards, so that’s a benefit that I can take advantage of as well. We’ll see how it works out. I’ll be showcasing more postcards here and telling you where they are headed. This one for instance, is on it’s way to Germany. I am hoping that the person I sent this to will like and enjoy it!
Look forward to the next postcard!