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 community artist, Caitlin Howells.
You can see a selection of her cards in the gallery above.
Caitlin’s cards are all about the things that she loves and that make her feel happy.
Whether it’s the colour green, or a particular word (gloaming) that describes her favourite time of day, the echoey splashy sounds of a swimming pool or the summer sounds of a buzz and plop over a garden pond, her cards are full of the things that make her feel happy and relaxed
What shall I write about?
Just as Caitlin has chosen some of her favourite things, perhaps you can think of things that make you feel warm and cosy, or carefree and wild; it could be a colour or a sound – or the taste of fresh apple pie.
Here are some of the things Caitlin writes about: –
- Everything green – it’s her favourite colour and it helps her feel calm … and energetic
- The time of day when it’s no longer light and it isn’t quite dark – it’s kind of magical
- The sounds of summer – it’s almost like she can feel the warmth of the sun
- The ebb and flow of the tide on the beach – it makes her feel old and young at the same time
- The smell of the sea
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.
Caitlin’s suggestions include:-
- Gather lots of bits and pieces you like together, before you start sticking down
- Spread them out a bit and start to refine your choices – you may have an idea of what you want to do or it may just be the colours that attracted you … start to think about the composition now
- Start with your background
- Keep layering pieces to build up a picture
- 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 (2.46 MB)