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 theatre maker, writer and singer, Lynn Whitehead.
You can see a selection of her cards in the gallery above.
Lynn is fascinated by the things people say. She’s lived on a boat for the last year or so and has had lots of opportunity to overhear snippets of conversations.
Her cards are all about those things she’s overheard. You can see that she illustrates them using different sized circles of card to make faces, mouths – and even little piles of animal dung.
What shall I write about?
Lynn’s postcards are all about the strange things people say to one another. Or at least they sound strange, if you just hear a little bit of what they say. Maybe you have a favourite saying, or someone in your family has a particular phrase that makes sense to you, but might not to anyone else listening in.
Here are some of the things Lynn writes about: –
- A baby screaming
- A child outside a zoo, wondering what it’s going to smell like
- An intricate spider’s web
- Somebody talking about making her own mince pies
- A trendy grandmother talking to her young grandchildren
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 and words.
Lynn’s suggestions include:-
- Try drawing faces on circles of paper and sticking them on – in fact, see how many things you can illustrate, using circles
- Lynn has left her background plain – you can do the same, or add coloured papers if you want
- Keep it simple
- Adding a few lines can make a lot of difference – think of the aardvark’s nose
- 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 (2.77 MB)