I’ve been a member of Swap-bot.com for a half year now and I’m still learning.
I principally joined upon the urging of Kat (of CuriosaKat) who I had bumped into in the Postcrossing Philippines group on Facebook. I initially resisted the urge to do Artist Trading Cards or ATCs but I eventually gave in and have enjoyed it. Mail art, however, is something new. I did try to join a decorated envie (or envelope) swap at the start, but I got scolded for not understanding the instructions. I had made the envelope, decorated it, and sent it in another envelope. I didn’t realize (stupid me) that I was supposed to decorate the envelope, stamp it and send it on its merry way. (Lesson learned..) I had to resend, and I got my rating of 5.
Sometime in December, though, I had gotten overwhelmed, overcommitting myself — and I ended up with delays that caused two ratings of 3. (Ratings are important to join other swaps.. it’s the equivalent of street cred in the swap community.)
The two below were mail art I created for a recent swap. I’m going at it again with another swap this weekend, and I think I”m getting the hang of it. Some very interesting mail art have maid it to my box and if my pictures come out okay, I will be posting them here soon.
These were made by printing over repurposed brown bags… they came up very grungy which was the effect I wanted to produce, and some printed stickers I picked from the web.
Mail Art by Gotham Chick