The other day, while randomly browsing the internet for inspiration, I chanced upon this Tumblr, where I noticed all the beautifully decorated postcards... which upon further inspection, proved to be actual Postcrossing cards!
Look how pretty they are:
My jaw dropped at all the detail on the back... from the stickers, to the decoration tapes, to the carefully chosen stamps... even the address labels and Postcard ID bubbles were pretty! :) After much oohing and aahing, I decided I had to get in touch - and luckily Amiko (aka amiko_h) who comes from Japan, kindly agreed to do a mini-interview about her art! :)
Here's what she had to say:
- Can you tell us a little bit about your decoration process? What inspires you? Where do you start?
Firstly I choose a postcard for the recipient after checking his/her favorite or wishlist. Then I pick up the main theme such as color or motif. Sometimes I connect the theme with the postcard image, sometimes I pick up the other motif from the recipient's favorites, or sometimes I just connect the theme with the stamp I want to use at the time. At this selection phase, you should also remember your taste. Enjoy yourself. Actually I never use my dislikes.
Next I choose material from my collection, and try this or that combination on the card for the color and total layout including message area. Usually it takes me the most amount of time to fix the layout. When you have the feeling of interlocking pieces, go on to finish it!
- Which materials do you use to decorate your postcards?
Mainly I use washi tapes and ready-made stickers for my decoration. Sometimes I put in some cut-out from origami, my hand-made stickers, scraps from magazines and use my hand-carved rubber stamps. Of course, you should remember beautiful postal stamps! I am apt to buy on impulse those small material as well as postcards whenever I find them...
- What are the member's reactions when they receive your postcards? Do they appreciate the extra effort?
There is either some appreciation or nothing. Half and half. But it doesn't matter so much either way... I think the decoration is just decoration. And I myself enjoy the process more than anything! :)
I think the most important thing in Postcrossing and penpaling is a kind of hospitality. I always consider the recipient as my guests or friends I haven't met yet. Without any decoration, people would be happy when they get warm message and consideration.
- And finally, can you show us your workstation... where the magic happens?
Thank you Amiko, that was lovely! Though now I'm sure I'll have dreams of stickers and washi tapes...
Do you decorate your postcards too? Leave some tips on the comments - we're always looking for inspiration! :)