We’ve all heard it said that we should count our blessings and see how fortunate we are rather than dwell on the glass being half empty. One of my favorite singers from back home even wrote a song — a Christmas song, at that — about counting one’s blessings instead of sheep.
I’ve been trying to get this project off the ground for a bit now, but I had been momentarily distracted from doing it sooner. I never stopped production, though, as I have been constantly producing the bits and pieces making up the postcards. Before the week ended, I had finished no less than 6 pieces, ready for mailing. (One each reserved for Raine and Kat back in Manila.)
I want to do a test run of the postcards’ integrity as a mail art piece before launching the project. (Pia, and anyone else interested to be part of the test run, please e-mail me your address at gothamchicketsy @ gmail.com and I will send you one as a test piece.)
Each postcard will be numbered, signed and documented on the project web site. I am still trying to decide whether I will use a generic scan code for the project (which, I already have) or if I will generate one per piece (which seems daunting as it is!). The postcards are already in my Flickr gallery for you to view and I will write a blog post on the first set in my craft blog, Gotham Chick before the weekend is over.
I actually almost don’t want to let go of the first set because I really, really like the way they turned out. I particularly loved how the antique book pages sprayed with ink and then hand-lettered with the “THANK YOU” on the front, embellished by pieced paper flowers and for some, by dried rose petals came together. (I love rose petals, what can I say..). I’m still debating about whether or not I will do the edges in gold acrylic paint. (It not only “frames” the piece but also provides a third sealant on the glued paper. This had also been a signature of mine when I used to do mail art and artist trading cards.)
So what’s the whole point of the project? The test run is really very different from what I’m trying to do with the Thank You Postcard Project. For the test run, I thank YOU. For the project, I want to help you thank someone else. (At least that’s how the project has shaped up.) Is it a social experiment of sorts? In a way, yes. But plain and simple, it’s just a pay-it-forward kind of project to help spread some good will.
It MIGHT yet finally get off the ground!
All excited this Halloween Friday, and hoping I can get the back layout finalized. If not, I can always doodle and zentangle it for the first set. They are, after all, the very first pieces going out. Now, which one to keep?