It turns out that, when given the time, I am the worst postcard procrastinator! It takes me a week (or month) to buy a postcard, three weeks to write it, another week to find the address of the recipient and now there’s a countdown for how many days a postcard will ride around in my purse until I buy stamps.
Ever find there are some tasks you just put off forever? I am weirdly on top of unpleasant tasks like toilet cleaning and sweater hand-washing (so tedious), but postcard writing? Lots of dragging of feet on that one. I don’t understand me, because card sending I like! I have a cupboard full of pretty note cards and they are often actually sent to an unsuspecting loved one (who doesn’t love mail that isn’t a bill, right?).
I even made some cards, when I painted my Rothko-inspired paintings.
After I was done the paintings, I
wanted to experiment with some colour combinations because I’m always limiting
myself to what will “go” in the townhouse when it comes to my DIY art. I had bought a pack of completely blank notecards seven years ago and decided it was
high time to do something with them.
You could use a heavier paper to
make your own cards (here’s a neat tutorial for envelopes), or check out a local craft or art supply store for
blank ones (they usually come with their own envelopes already made). I used acrylic paint and made sure not to water it down at all because I was
worried really watery paint might warp the cards. I just brushed on a
few irregular rectangles and, ta da, personalized note cards. I let them dry for a few days before adding them to my note card stockpile, just to be sure they wouldn’t stick to the inside of the envelope or each other.
I love the idea of personalized, hand painted note cards. You could paint and give a set of these as a gift, or attach one to a present (with maybe a dash of matching paint on the envelope too?). Picking colours that complement the wrapping paper or gift bag would look so chic, and so thoughtful. I also think painting cards in berry hues and crisp greens would be a fun, fresh take on holiday cards. Or forget the presents and holidays, and just send one to someone who needs a little pick me up. Think a little about the colour palette, though. Baby poo brown might not be the heartfelt “thinking of you,” message I was hoping to send.
Just don’t wait for one of these hand painted cards from me because I might be weeks away from finding a post office . . .