I’m dipping into the archives while I’m on vacation. We first talked about these polymer postcards in 2008! At workshops it was great to make polymer postcards to send home. Fun to make and they make terrific souvenirs.

The U.S. mail will accept the artwork if it’s within their guidelines. Tory Hughes may have started this mischief and she still teaches postcard creation in her classes.

I’ll be taking a class while I’m away so I’ll try to come up with some postcards from my journey. Vacation posts from the archives

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  • reply Abigail Smycken Handmade ,

    Wow, this is an amazing idea! They look so beautiful! Congrats to the artist!

    • reply Mary Fassler ,

      These are really nice pieces.
      I learned this technique from Dayle Doroshow.
      In fact, Zingaro is her studio name if I’m not mistaken.
      Mary

      • reply dayle doroshow ,

        Merci Cynthia for the postcard post- that was from a long time ago for my studio opening! I’ve got some French-ey ones with me here for our workshop. See you next Monday in la Belle France!

        • reply PiperPixieDesigns ,

          Well thanks for dipping into the archives! Polymer post cards…..I may have to try this;)

          • reply Tory Hughes ,

            Hello there all! Thank you Cynthia for showing my postcard, and for the invitation to everyone to post their artistry further afield. Pun intended.
            First, have a fabulous time at La Cascade with Dayle! What a delicious treat you have in store…..Nice to see Dayle’s postcard up there too: ask her about the Bolinas retreats where the whole book/postcard thing began.
            Yep, I started doing these a long time ago, having always been a Mail Art Artist (ie: postage stamps). I was happy to find that the Post Office people loved having these to mail. They are as intrigued as everyone else by this idea. And I never had a problem with them not arriving at the sender’s home.
            >> If you do this GET STAMPS THAT GO WITH YOUR ART! can’t stress that enough. You don’t need to scrimp on mailing costs given the creative labor and personal expression you’ve put in these. Also a few more tips:
            1. Always have these hand-cancelled. Go ahead, stand in line: it’s worth it.
            2. Use Fimo or a Cernit-Fimo mix. These are both sturdy enough to stand up to the stress on a thin flat thing going from here to Paris, or beyond.
            3. Photograph them front and back first so you have a record.
            4. Send one to yourself, first, and every so often if you get into this.
            5. MAKE SURE you bake them long enough so they are properly polymerized.
            That will get you started.I forgot where I was…. :)
            Best for all your creative endeavours!
            ps: (Cynthia, I hope this is okay!) You can make/learn more about Postcards and Artists’ Books at my August retreat “Personal Alchemy”

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