The Special Delivery Postcard Club Guides are an online resource, intended to help participating schools and care homes keep in touch with one another.
They are also ideal for doing at home, as they require just a few basic materials and are simple to follow.
The first issue is a general introduction to the artists involved in the project and their ideas for creating postcards.
Over the coming months, we will be publishing further Postcard Club Guides, each featuring the work of a specific Special Delivery artist.
Above are postcards from each of the Special Delivery artists.
What shall I write about?
Each Guide will have a theme, related to a specific artist’s work but, as this is the first issue, let’s think about ONE thing we might want to share with another person.
Here are some suggestions of things you might want to say: –
- My favourite colour is blue and I love tomato sandwiches
- I love playing football
- My favourite sound is my cat purring
- My hamster likes cheese
- Do you like the seaside?
- I once ate 4 Weetabix and then I was sick
- I went to Spain this summer
- I like sewing and PE – what do you like doing?
Tips for writing postcards
- You don’t have to write loads—sometimes a simple ‘hello’ is all you need to get started.
- It may seem strange to write to someone you’ve never met—but that’s the joy of it—you can tell them anything BUT …
- Don’t tell people stuff you don’t want them to know.
- Don’t worry about keeping it neat—this is a different sort of writing, and any style goes, just try and write so the other person can read it.
Tips for collaging postcards
Once you’ve written your message it’s time to start making your beautiful collaged postcard.
Here are a few tips, to get you started.
Remember—your postcard can be a picture, a pattern or a celebration of your favourite colours. Just start with the background and keep layering up.
Here are some of the things done to create the seaside postcard: –
- The clouds are cut out of Jessie’s letter
- The rough edges of torn paper are really effective
- Different texture of paper add depth and contrast
- Printing blocks were used to make these seagulls but you can use a fine pen
- Add layers to build up your image
- Use smaller strips of paper to add detail
- There’s no right or wrong, have fun
When you think you’ve finished—look again. You might want to add details using fine pens, or create a border around your card.
Posting your postcard
Use the envelope provided or send it to a friend, but either way please email a photograph to us at email@example.com
You will need
- Blank postcards – or a piece of card cut to fit an envelope
- Pens or pencils
- Scraps of paper, card, tissue paper, material, etc
- A glue stick or similar
- Scissors – although torn paper often works better
Someone to send your card to. If you took part in the Special Delivery sessions you will have received some large envelopes for sending on your postcards.
If you are doing this as part of our DIY section, you can send the postcard to whoever you choose, but please email us a photo of it first, to add to our gallery. Email it to: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Download activity guide
The Postcard Club Guide is a simple-to-follow series of suggestions and hints on how to use collage techniques to produce beautiful postcards.Download pdf (3.05 MB)