I Can See Clearly : Mixed Media Mail Art
Eye for Letters
I recently finished reading a book entitled Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting. When I read the description to my husband he made a smart comment about how riveting it sounded. I had to laugh because it didn’t sound that exciting to me either. But once I started reading I became intrigued and I finished it in a day.
Growing up, I was always writing letters. I had pen pals all over the world with whom I exchanged postcards/letters. Each one was handwritten and I fell in love with the art of letter writing. Over time, the letters stopped as we went our separate ways but to this day I still have most of them. And with each letter, I observed the different scripts. In some cases I found individual letters of the alphabet that I copied and worked into my script. My handwriting was always transforming.
The book talked a lot about the history of handwriting and the people that influenced our present day script. What I really enjoyed was the various historical samples of handwriting that were shown throughout the book and the theory that an individual’s handwriting can predict many things about them. I was very inspired and even tried a few of them out. Can you believe that people get paid to analyze hand writing? It sounds like a fun job.
In an age where computers have taken over, I am probably one of the few individuals that is sad to see the art of long hand fade. Most schools are replacing long hand (cursive) with keyboard. If I want my children to learn to read and write this art form I may need to teach it to them myself.
Here are a few pieces of mail art that I have created to send to my cousin. We exchange hand written letters frequently so I thought pretty mail art would make it more fun. She always has beautiful stationary while mine is pretty plain. I used various stamps, including hand-carved stamps and PaperArtsy Infusions and Paints to decorate business envelopes.
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