Letter writing is a dying art art form. I call it that, an art form, because of the beauty and individuality of hand writing. Penmanship is something that isn’t even taught in some school systems anymore. Did you know that? Sad. Even e-mail is going away in favor of texting! At least I could apply a fancy font and print an email. Not the same, but …
Over the last few years I have been purchasing old letters via eBay from a man in Greece. He sends me these letters, envelopes and all, and I use them in my collage work. Sometimes the letters are written with ink dip pens, the variation in value (lights and darks, thicks and thins) within the line is lovely. Sometimes the letters are in a foreign language, like German or Italian, this is extra special.
Handwriting makes wonderful texture, pattern, and a very unique line. I combine it with printed material from old books, maps, sheet music, and my kids homework for a wonderful combination of history and personality.
Send me a note
I’m asking you to write me a letter, that I can use in a collage. Yes! how fun would that be to have hand writing from you, my followers and fans, in my work. Be sure to put some positivity into your note, good thoughts and affirmations. Say something nice about yourself, what kind of day you are having, or some details of your own art journey. Positive vibes have a way of making everything extra special.
Send me your grocery list, send me a doodle, or write me a note! I promise it will find its way into my work. Use an ink that won’t smear, so that when I add glue it does not disappear. Best is on white paper, so that it is the most versatile for me to paint or use as is. Some permanent writing material suggestions are:
- black ball point pen
- permanent fine point marker (something that says “fade proof” or “lightfast”)
Any of these will do, and a variety would be wonderful! Big letters, small letters, fancy letters, printing, whatever you like. I’ll even take a note from your child or grand child, they have the best printing, even if they don’t teach them cursive. As an adult we can never recapture the whimsical qualities of youthful handwriting.
For every letter I receive, I promise to write back. I’ll sit down and tell you about my day and answer any questions you may have for me from your letter. I promise to answer each and every letter than lands in my box. Heck, I’m even looking forward to the cancelled postage stamps and addressed envelopes, so make them fancy!
snail mail to: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson / 362 W Hornbeam Dr / Longwood, FL 32779
I look forward to hearing from you, and then to tearing up your correspondence into teeny tiny tidbits.
for being part of my