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.
In this issue, we feature the work of visual artist and sculptor, Kate Munro.
You can see Kate’s postcards in the gallery above.
Kate has used a mixture of different paper and card and also drawn objects to put on her postcards.
You can see that her work is all about the natural world—conkers, blackberries and big dark clouds.
What shall I write about?
Kate’s postcards are all about autumn smells, tastes and sounds.
Here are some of the things she writes about: –
- The sharp taste of blackberries
- Clouds rolling across the skies – look up
- The summer roses still having a soft scent
- The ground is covered with shiny conkers
- The smell of bonfires
What are your favourite things about autumn—or things you really DON’T like?
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 creating 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.
Kate’s suggestions include: –
- Start with your background and then add layers on top
- Rough edges of torn paper are really effective
- Different textures of paper add depth and contrast
- You can draw items and then stick them on to your card
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: – email@example.com
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 (2.84 MB)