Thanks to recent generous donations I was able to purchase a color laser jet printer. Unfortunately the ink cartridges that came with the printer ran out quickly. Until the refills show up from Amazon, there won’t be a 4th Batch. In the mean time I’ve decided to make some by hand.
I was inspired by Crystaline and Rosa Murillo. Ms. Murillo’s found art gifts are exquisite. She carefully crafts and designs each piece she leaves for someone to find. Check out her website.
Crystaline recently received a packet of Batch #003 postcards and emailed me a few pics of her placements. Along with those images was one of two children decorating the backs of the postcards.
Both of my children are home from school on a four-day weekend so I enlisted them to help me make some art. I was originally planning on stickers and markers and crayons but then I remembered the book Swimmy that I read to my daughter that morning. The entire book is illustrated with potato prints.
Once I had all the spuds sliced and carved the three of us were able to crank out lots of postcards. My daughter had trouble pressing hard enough to get a good transfer so she soon switched to using animal stickers. My son went to town with the hearts. I enjoyed making trees and forests.
It is my hope that everyone who finds these hand-made postcards with postage and the new instructions will participate in some way. Perhaps even add something to the front of the card. Maybe the message on the back needs to read, “This postcard was created and placed here intentionally, just for you. Please add something to both sides and return to me.”
I don’t want to be too prescriptive and guide the project too tightly. Part of the beauty is allowing people to participate in whatever way they prefer. Simple instructions make that possible. Detailed instructions lead to more questions and can limit the expanse of creative thinking.
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