Hi! I would like to start this discussion here, because I don’t think many people have actually talked about it… When it comes to crafting mailable art, everyone always thinks of handmade postcards… What if the postcard itself is not handmade? Its immaculate back still offers infinite opportunities to make it as personalised as possible.
This is my Postcrossing “philosophy”: I always have to make the backs of my postcards super interesting, which is why it usually takes me 1–2 hours to write on a single card. This process is so long, but it’s also extremely rewarding: whenever I receive a super enthusiastic “Hurray!” message, I feel so satisfied… Sending postcards is almost more exciting than receiving them!
A beautiful work of art that I received
RU-5116112 is one of the first postcards I’ve ever received and, to this day, it’s one of the most special gifts in my collection! The sender, Nataliya, must’ve spent so much time painting the two main characters of the film Zootropolis (Zootopia for our American postcrossers). I think this postcard is what encouraged me to keep sending and receiving cards through Postcrossing… It really had an effect on 16-year-old me!
The back side of my postcards
↓ This piece went to the United States of America, to a postcrosser who likes dragons… I sent it this summer, but it still hasn’t been received… Which is why I’m sharing it here (I’ve already lost hope – moreover, the postcrosser in question doesn’t seem to be keen on registering postcards… just sending them!).
↓ This, on the other hand, has already been registered (cf. IT-561783) – the Norwegian recipient was so happy and their “Hurray!” message was super heartwarming! They like werewolves, which is why I drew this (somewhat) spooky image. At first I was afraid that it was a little bit too scary for the wholesome project that is Postcrossing… But I guess it’s particularly appropriate now that we’re approaching Halloween
Instagram profiles with content that is super satisfying to look at
Please follow profiles such as @cartooniyum and @barinsta23… I just can’t believe how beautiful their works are! If, one day, my address were to be picked by one of them, I’d be the happiest person ever!
↓ Come on, just look at the stuff they create!! It must take them so long, but they probably also find it to be super rewarding… After all, artistic processes are always satisfying and fulfilling like that!
Now… Let’s discuss!
Do you want to share the beautifully decorated back sides of your postcards? They don’t necessarily have to contain drawings – I’m also a sucker for large quantities of text squeezed into the tiny space that is available…
And, obviously, we could also just discuss about stuff, since I love being engaged in discussions Some possible prompts could be: “Is it worth my time to painstakingly decorate a postcard?” or “Should the quality of my outgoing mail match that of my incoming cards?” or… whatever else you can think of!