I’m trying to be more focused about what personal art I indulge in. One of the things that I have decided to keep doing is make my own postcards for trading. It’s just that I had decided to confine the effort to drawing Philippine Map postcards, the first of which is pictured below.
I have 10 templates ready for drawing and one uncolored print out for reference. You can read about the process I followed to create this and the materials I used at Gotham Chick. It’s something anyone can come up with given enough imagination and the patience to draw in the zentangle patterns which I went to Tangle Patterns to for reference.
I have a short list of people to send the first 5 to 6 postcards but if you’re interested to be put on the distribution list, please e-mail me at postcardmailbox at gmail.com. I’m sending out the actual artwork and keeping a digital copy for my own files. This is a long-term project and it takes me anywhere from one hour to one day or more to complete one piece, but I’m going to try to send out at least two a week. This plus the JOURNAL ON A JOURNEY should keep me creatively busy.
I want to start sending the out by the middle of the month and keep going from there. The means by which the Philippine map is shown might change in time, but being a map postcard collector, this is of special significance to me. I had meant to be actively trading postcards again, but that has slowed down because of other swaps. That is why I’ve made a decision to confine my swaps to minimal effort undertakings so that I veer away from the pressure.
I’ve greatly enjoyed exchanging postcards with the fellow-Pinoy postcard collectors over at the Facebook Postcrossing Philippines group. I don’t really care much what is sent to me, but I enjoy sending back postcards to help their individual collections grow.
Postcard collecting has changed through the years — be it my own collecting method and interests to what is the norm these days. Postcrossing has become rather popular in recent years, although this would work for those collectors who are trying to grow their collection in terms of size of postcards received or countries received from. My collection was initially geared that way, but I had long since confined my collection to anything Philippines (meaning vintage, new, unused and stamped), anything New York, Maps, lighthouses and anything Paris. (That’s the francophile in me.)
This is but another “variation” of my collecting method — sending out my own map postcards of the country where I was born and raised it.