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 poet and master doodler, Dean Parkin.
You can see a selection of his cards in the gallery above.
Dean’s a poet and he loves words. He makes great long lists of words and then uses his favourite ones to write poems.
He’s also very partial to a good hat—and a doughnut.
What shall I write about?
Dean’s postcards are all about WORDS. Words that sound strange, words that make him smile, or describe things that make him happy—like doughnuts and cosy hats.
Here are some of the things he writes about: –
- Isn’t ‘elephant’ a strange word?
- What’s your favourite sniff – or worst niff?
- He loves a biscuit when he’s working but what to choose?
- Jammie dodger or custard cream?
- Favourite words/silly words
- And what makes a hat a great hat?
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.
Dean’s suggestions include:-
- Use highlighter pens – they work really well on the brown postcards
- Dean hasn’t stuck down a background, he’s coloured it in
- Try drawing tiny pictures and stick them on
- Use pens to create a border all round your postcard
- Try different ways to make the letters stand out
- 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 – it’s really useful to have some highlighters, particularly if your blank postcards are brown
- 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 (2.97 MB)