woensdag 9 augustus 2017

FinnBadger (12)



Usually, if I post regular cards, I do so on an other location.
But these Dragons came in such an amazing mail art envelope, that I decided to use them as an alibi to post the envelope here on the Real Weird Animals blog.



And notice the stamps! Issued in honour of 150 years of Canada, the complete serie contains ten different stamps, depicting ten unforgettable moments from the past 50 years.

Created by FinnBadger from the USA, who managed to send it via Canada! That amazing journey is worth noting, too!

Thank you very much, FinnBadger!

Elliot



Elliot from China created this beautiful envelope. Besides the Woman, she added wonderful Horse stamps to her mail for me, plus a Year of the Dragon stamp.

And inside the envelope a kind letter, plus a wonderful stamp: Horses pictured and printed on silk!



Thank you very much, Elliot!

donderdag 3 augustus 2017

Jimmy Connors (2)



An new collage, a kind of Human being, by Jimmy "F." Connors from Germany.

On the back side of the card there are traces that someone (postman? mail monster?) must have eaten the stamp from top left...



Thank you very much, Jimmy! Herzlichen Dank, F.!

woensdag 2 augustus 2017

Alex Witter



Collage / drawing of a Human being.

Created and sent by Alex Witter from the Netherlands.

Alex has a cool mail art project: Black and White. You can join and send your contribution before September. See for information and the address to where to send your mail art to at Alex' site.

Thank you very much, hartelijk dank, Alex!

dinsdag 1 augustus 2017

Cascadia Artpost (4)



The title immediately made me grab this mail art card to learn the answer to the question which keeps me busy already for ages. How to perforate (arti)stamps?

Please don't give up, Mouse, we'll find the answer one day!

Sent by Cascadia Artpost, created by WastePaper??, with thanks - or apologies, I read - to the amazing George Herriman.



The back side shows nice artistamps and USPS stamps. Thanks to Cascadia's instruction manual I learned that the solar eclipse is caused by...



... the Moon!

On the 21st of August the Peeps in the USA can see this total eclipse.

Thank you very much, Cascadia Artpost!

maandag 31 juli 2017

Eva (27)



Where there are Smurfs (see previous post), there is Eva and there is me. Where there is Eva and me, there is Mail. Where there is Mail... there is the Mail Monster!

A cute animal, I think when seeing this lovely portrait by Eva. But maybe appearances are deceptive.
Anyway, more about the Mail Monster and his/her life and mail habits, we will learn in future, thanks to Eva's Mail Monster project.



Thank you very much, Eva!
I'll reply as soon as I know more about this nn MM !

zondag 30 juli 2017

FinnBadger (10,11)



Almost three months ago already, on the 1st of May, I received a wonderful Smurf envelope, followed by a Dragon envelope on the 3rd of May.
I think FinnBadger knows well how to cause a broad smile on my face. Together with Platypus and Echidna, and Birds, both Smurfs and Dragons make my day when they arrive via mail art at my place.

I was even more amazed when I saw the Smurf stamp. First I thought it an artistamp, but looking close it turns out to be a real (read: officially issued) stamp, issued by the United Nations Postal Administration.

The Dragon is a favourite of mine, too, having been born in the Year of the Dragon.
This one pictured is a funny one, friendly as almost all dragons are, funny because she or he's fond of tacos. Surprisingly not liking the spicy salsa...
Great matching stamps, too, which make me remember the months I spent in Central America, some decades ago (tamales.. qué sabrosos!)



Inside one of the envelopes this great collage. I happened to have seen and heard the talented Gorilla in the week preceding receiving this collage!



Also this wonderful collage arrived. Amazing how two faces can make one new face.



The back side of the Dragon envelope:



FinnBadger added some leaflets of the artists Dino Nemec and Patrick Wayner, showing more animals:




Check Dino Nemec's website for more beautiful animal art; more information about Patrick Wayner and his art you can find here and here.

Thank you very much, FinnBadger!

Cascadia Artpost (3)



From Cascadia Artpost I received some Peeps, tiny Human beings, before.
Thanks to this new mail art, a photo-diorama sent by Cascadia Artpost, too, it becomes clear to me in what kind of surroundings they live.



Cascadia Artpost and Mail Art Martha organized a Clown Parade mail art project recently. Prefering animals to clowns, I've sent them a Clown fish. I couldn't choose whether to send it to Cascadia Artpost in Cascadia, USA, or to Mail Art Martha in the Queendom of Retailia, UK. So I learned the postman has chosen to bring it to the USA.

Thank you very much, Cascadia Artpost!

zaterdag 29 juli 2017

Ruud Janssen (8)



Nowadays it seems that many people consider the digital world as the real world. So the time might be ripe to consider computers (and smartphones and so on) as living creatures, too!...?
Anyway, this artwork by Ruud Janssen looks very Human. A good alibi to post it here!

The, er, how shall we name him/her, came in an envelope, decorated by the General-President of the International Union of Mail Artists (IUOMA) himself. Such an honour!



And the front side pretty and interesting as usual. Thank you very much, hartelijk dank, Ruud!

vrijdag 28 juli 2017

Tonipoet (8)



Pictures (mail art, stamps, anything) showing Echidna or Platypus make me extremely happy.

This way Tonipoet succeeded to bring a broad smile on my face and a ton full of energy to my body on a tiring day, by adding this original Echidna stamp to her collage.
The art work is #533 and named "Prehistoric Australia". Although Echidna and other monotremes seem - and are! - prehistoric, fortunately they also live in present Australia.

The Echidna arrived, accompanied by two Easter Bunnies and a Cat, who so to see got lost in Paris but soon will find her way again thanks to the map.



Both cards came in a beautiful Wolf envelope,



Of which the back side is a piece of abstract art in itself:



Thank you very much, Toni!

donderdag 27 juli 2017

Nicole Eippers (26)



A koalas mother and child, the famous flying Pig and a butterfly stamp. If you look close, you can see also a Human being in the background.

Collage, created and sent by Nicole Eippers from Belgium.

Thank you very much, hartelijk dank, merci beaucoup, Nicole!

woensdag 26 juli 2017

Eva (26)



What would there be in this semi-transparent envelope?

This wonderful fish, of course!
Made and sent by Eva from Spain.



Take a look at the stamps, above, too! An awesome origami elephant is joining, as are Don Quixote, his helper and horse.



Eva added coffee to the outside of the envelope (yummy!), and inside a postcard by German artist Harald Geisler:



Thank you very much, Eva, moltes gracies!

dinsdag 25 juli 2017

Caitríona Russell



Beautiful Elephant and Lion lino prints by Caitríona Russell from England.



On the envelope a Bee accompanied the mail art,



and - see/read this enlarged picture - Royal Mail added a remarkable postmark:





Inside the envelope three more stamp prints:



Thank you very much, Caitríona!

maandag 24 juli 2017

Mim (2)



Two Human beings on an add-and-pass-and-return sheet, sent by (and in future to be sent back to) Mim.



Inside the envelope also came fluxus bucks, showing more HUmans (and a book),



And a friendly greeting Pope on artistamps by Renata and Giovanni Strada:



Thank you very much, Mim!

zaterdag 22 juli 2017

Stripygoose (13)



I think I've written more than once before that I am behind in posting my received (and outgoing) mail art (and replying to it). This way I sometimes post newly received items first, and many times I go back and forth, to post mail art received longer time ago.

So these great birds by Stripygoose I already received in March, almost half a year before receiving the previously posted birds.
The landscape makes me long for vacation, and the close-up bird makes me almost hear this bird sing!



Thank you very much, Stripygoose!

donderdag 20 juli 2017

Stripygoose (12)



I love bird stamps, and Stripygoose was so kind to send me two: one in front (see above) and one on the back of a pretty mail art card!



Thank you very much, Stripygoose!