Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Midway at Unstampabelles

Challenge Mixed Media Unstampabelles #36

At Unstampabelles we are midway through the challenge for June. This month the challenge is to use Mixed Media  in your project, and the Twist is to Alter Something.  You can choose to take the challenge plus the twist or just take the challenge!

My inspiration for the Mixed Media challenge came from an idea I had for a piece of Mail Art.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Mail Art it has been described as 'Travelling Love' which I think is very apt.

"Mail-art is a luxury for creative people who have time and money to spend. I have always seen it as a communication-form between creative people. These people can also produce art, send the art, but this art isn't the mail-art. The process is the mail-art. The artifacts can be art, but in most case mail-art tends to be junk-art, quickly made mailings that go around the world” Ruud
If you would like more information about the History of Mail Art a Google search will help you.

This is my mail art which I created to depict my moving from my old home and family to my new life on the Summer Lovin' island of Cyprus full of sunshine..

I using mixed media to alter an envelope.
The back
This is the back showing images of my 'old' life. The background is blue acrylic paint applied with a medium hard brush to create a variety of interesting marks.  I've added postage art pics depicting home and family. The 'faces'  and tears of rain from my family were hand drawn. With a sharpie pen, 'Goodbye' words in several languages are written around the border. The Memory seal is from K&Co.
The front

Using the same paint and hard bristled brush I was able to create an outline of a 'Palm Tree'. The sun is a handcut circle painted using orange acrylic. The  typical Cypriot doorway was taken from a magazine. Again a sharpie was used to create the hand written 'Hello' greetings around the edge. There is no address written on it at present as it's still here with me waiting to be sent to a Mail Art pal.



The lining is painted yellow with blue wavy lines in dark blue pen to represent the sand and sea and I have created a map of my new island home of Cyprus to place inside. The arrow points roughly to where I live. The art stamp says 'My New Home'. 

 I've tried to explain my creative process, plus my thoughts along the way. Hope it is clear. If there is a question you wish to ask about it please feel free to leave it in the comments box and I will endeavour to answer it.This creation has also fitted well with a great challenge Summer Lovin' at Anything but a Card x.
So just one idea to use Mixed Media and altering something, without using can be done! So off you pop to Unstampabelles and see what some of my teamies have created to inspire you.



  1. What a fabulous way to mark special events. Love your envelope and I hope you will be happy in Cyprus. Thanks for sharing with us at Anything But A Card this time.

  2. Fabulous idea, never tried mailart before, I must look into it.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Moira DT xx

  3. What a fab idea Wynn! And I love how there's that gorgeous pop of yellow when you open it!
    With DT cap on: Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  4. What a fab idea and beautiful end product - Thank you for sharing over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you in future challenges

    Elaine aka Ellapu
    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Owner of Altered Eclectics
    Owner at Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Crafty Ribbons

  5. A very crafty idea. The end results are worth it.
    Sorry for the lateness of commenting due to a family bereavement, Thank you for sharing with us at Craft My Life challenge. Hugs Mrs A. (DT. )

  6. Hi Winn, been MIA for a while, and just saw your link at another blog. Happily jumped the link to check out this extremely pretty & so interesting mixed media mail art (which I'd never heard of!). Loved the explanation of your creative process and what a beautiful way to memorialize your move from one home to a new area. Wonderfully creative and so very pretty too. TFS & Hugs.

  7. Winn, thanks for becoming a follower, but I didn't see your 'face' pop into the following list at the top of the blog. I don't know how to 'see' those who follow via Bloglovin, so only those in that 'face list' are in my data base spread sheet. When I do 'giveaways' those are the names that get considered. Just FYI. Hugs.