National Postcard Week (2014 May 4-10) ~ #001 May 2014: Haibun and Haiga

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what? I didn’t know there was a name for that.

a lot of sun. a lot of sea. a lot of sand. okay, okay it’s not perfect. sometimes a lot of wind. and rain. and there is even snow. in high places. and the volcanoes. Hawaii. 

sometimes I learn late about things even I would think I would have known a long time ago. 

although I’m no longer so actively involved, I like Postal Art (Mail Art). I like creating ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and the equivalent for sale—ACEOs (Art Collectibles, Editions and Originals). there is a long list of Postal Art formats from Inchies (1 x 1 inch) and Embellishing Stamps, Faux Artistamps and Faux Postal Stamps to Journals, Altered Books, Chunky Books, Skinny Books, 4 x 4s, Envelopes, Naked Postal Art, and more. along with ATCs one of the core formats of Postal Art is the Postcard. over a period of 6-7-8 years I have been involved with a number of Postal Art groups—such as Nervousness (which is no longer in existence), ATCs For All, Illustrated ATCs, Art Forty-Two, Yahoo groups and others, creating literally hundreds of these works. fun. way fun. 

Postal Art literally makes picking up your snail-mail fun again.

for examples of my Postal Art work you can look on my art site; under the drop down menu “Galleries” or by clicking the Focus Galleries button image and then the “Visit the Focus Galleries” link.

I like the spirit. the freedom of approach. and that Postal Art is all inclusive. it embraces world wide participation from all countries, and people from all ages. if you can pick up a pencil and make marks and lines or make letters and words in some way and mail it, you can be a Postal Art artist and participate. 

my name(s) are still on some group lists. I like that too. I’m not currently active, however going back to being active still appeals to me. 

so yesterday I was surprised to lean about National Postcard Week USA  (2014 May 4-10 and the first full week in May each year—for the USA—other countries have different months for their week of celebration) with links at the bottom of that page and International Postcard Week (2014 October 5-11 and the first full week in October each year). I may not be able to participate in NPCW 2014 as it is intended, on such short discovery time. I may or may not participate even with sufficient lead-in time, as with the International Postcard Week of 2014 October 5-11. however the idea still appeals to me.

so, no, I am not too surprised I began playing with an idea or two almost immediately for my version of a NPCW 2014 postcard. and of course the time leaked away into the night. again. morning. again. at the expense of blog replies. where I am majorly behind (still, my intent is to get to the replies). I just needed to create. once my muse tapped me in the back of my skull and said, “fun, you gotta do this” I was beyond retraction. and of course off I went to do exactly that—create. 

there are a few guidelines to follow for these Postcard Weeks. a few things to include. and to participate as intended, a process to enter, to achieve the results as conceived. anyone intending to follow up on NPCW 2014 and/or International Postcard Week 2014 would probably do well to look into it a little and see what this might entail. 

I liked the idea of location on my postcard. so I began there. here. Hawaii. also on my postcard I left a few places where I can hand write a small note or two: Aloha from Hawaii—Rick. the digital postcard below is the result. I can of course also add to it with attachments and/or by hand painting in additional ways etc. 

to participate I’d need time to physically make the cards. I’d most likely have them printed either in small numbers through my Cafepress 19 Planets shop or one of the other suggested places I found reading information on NPCW 2014 sites. 

of course it’s also fun to learn a new word I had no idea existed, for an activity I have been involved with since I learned how stamps and mail worked as a child. Deltiology. yes, i’m a Deltiologist too.

mahalo (thanks) to the Sunscribe news letter inScribe and Roxie’s Blog (a great resource for writers as well as visual artists to explore) which is what led me to these discoveries. mahalo too, for the honor and shoutout regarding my work. 

digital technology
and still the sound of a night fan
in spring


Digital Drawing and Painting

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Zen Brush App
  • ArtStudio App
  • Glaze App
  • iPad 2
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12



©14 National Postcard Week 2014 Postcard sml 6x


National Postcard Week Postcard


Digital Drawing and Painting

  • 4.5 x 6.5 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Postcard Size 4 x 6 Inches
  • Zen Brush App
  • ArtStudio App
  • Glaze App
  • iPad 2
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12



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