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Monday, March 28, 2016

Looking To Exchange Mail Art?

I love mail art.
And, I know, if you are reading my blog -- you do too. People ask me all the time if I will exchange mail with them and sadly, I have to say, my plate is too full.
here is a post to help you out if you are are looking to exchange mail art and having trouble finding folks to trade with.....

For me, starting my blog a number of years ago, was a good move. I have received so much good mail that I am running out of room to store it all.
I've made lots of lovely mail art friends and met people all over the world who are interested in mail art.

Here are a few links to get you started --

Shouting at the Postman

International Union of Mail Artists
(the grandaddy of mail art sites)

Letter Writers Alliance

Beautiful incoming handmade cards sent to me by Dawn C

You can also check out Mail Me Some Art where there are lots of on-going swaps posted and you can choose what looks fun to do. If you get work you like in the swap, just write the sender and ask if they want to do personal trades with you....

Incoming mail surprises from Judy K

And, you can check out Extraordinary Penpals too.

And, read and comment on mail art blogs like
Envelope 100 
Heleen Mail Art
Adrienne Mason Art
There are lots of links on these blogs to other mail art blogs.....just keep looking....

Incoming book made by Michelle C

I'm sure by now everyone knows about Postcrossing but I'm including here anyway.
Incoming Mail

Someone mentioned this postcard swap in the comments in the last post
iHanna postcard swap
See what I mean? I get good mail. I'd say even GREAT mail. And you can too.
Remember, it's not the quantity that's important -- it is the fun of creating and sharing good mail.

And, look at my pal Monica's blog for eye candy and inspiration and ideas of mail art to send to  all your new pals --
The Artful ReCrafter

Incoming origami wallet -- filled with vintage stamps -- by Sally W

I have gotten new mail art pals through Instagram -- the blog has an IG page so check it out.
If you follow mail artlovers you can message them and ask if they want to trade mail with you.
Same goes for Facebook. There are mail art groups on Facebook, including IUOMA and mail lovers, follow them and get yourself in the mix.

Check out my old post about getting pen pals right here

Still some pretty good information and encouragement here and some nice postal photos to look at too........
(even if I do say so myself)

Most importantly
You've got to send good mail to get good mail.

****Here's the fun part***
If you are looking for folks to trade with, just write a comment and put in your email and maybe some of your could be a nice forum for finding others to trade mail with.
I can put it up there top right in the blog's Featured Post for a while and maybe we'll get some new trading going on.
So go ahead, be daring!
(You can set up a free gmail account just to comment on the blog and use for mail art)

And if you have any ideas I missed, please share.
And, please do leave a comment even if you aren't looking for new people to mail too. I would love to hear from you all and know that you are out there in cyberspace.
You don't want me to get lonely, do you?
Your comments are all much appreciated so let the mail art party begin!

Send Good Mail -- Get Good Mail


  1. Very good post with inviting photo's. I have now lots of people to trade mail with.But I know now that it is true that first you have to send good mail to get good mail. So invest time and creativity and then after a while people will honour that and send good mail back to you.

  2. Thank you for starting this up. I would love to join the mail art party! I can be reached at

    My interests are vintage postal items, travel, postage stamps, rubber stamps, photography, paint splatters, typewriters, and typography. I vary my mailings between more complex mail art collages and longer letters. I'm open to receiving either. I like to write about the interesting books, movies, and vacations I I'm enjoying. I like to hear about the details of your life!

    1. Carter -- thanks for jumping in! I love your mail and some lucky folks will get to trade with you too. (Plus, I found out more about what you are interested in here)

    2. Carter - I will send you an email to trade addresses!

  3. Just getting caught up on your blog posts Pamela! First off, happy birthday! Second, thank you again for the lovely mail you sent me, I must learn how to fold an origami wallet! This is a great post about how to find people to swap mail art with! And I'm psyched you put a photo of my envelop booklet on here 😊😊😊😊.

    1. Michele C -- the origami wallet post will be coming very soon -- I promise. My friend Monica is back to blogging and we are both going to do origami folding posts so hang in there. It is only our easy steps to make the wallet. Tell your mail art friends to check out the booklet you made on the blog! I love your mail.

  4. Hello! I always admire the mail art and I really love it. I love browsing the isnpiration... But unfortunately I haven´t skills to create an art mail. So, I just inspire. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

    1. Jolana -- the beauty of mail art is that anyone can do it! Everyone has skills and the more mail art you make -- the better you get at it! Plus, just looking at great mail can inspire you. And, everyone loves mail no matter what so I say go for it!

    2. Jolana, of course you can do mail art. If you like it, it is awesome!

    3. Sorry for late answer :) and thank you so much for your encouraging me to make an art mail :) It is very nice to read words like these. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for this post! I must admit I've never send mail art for the sake of mail art before, I always include a letter for a pen-friend. I guess I am afraid to send raw material with the envelope or that "just" a homemade card with it won't be good enough. For some reason it has to be more in my mind...

    1. Mail art is anything you want it to be! No rules -- except "Send Good Mail -- Get Good Mail"!

    2. TomoyoHime, I would love to see your homemade cards! That would be wonderful mail art, in my opinion.

  6. I'm just trying to exchange less mail... :)

  7. Your mail art is always so amazing! Thanks for the post. I've also found people to trade with through

  8. Just want you to know I am a big fan of your blog...I think many bloggers lately are getting discouraged due to the overwhelming amount of social media out there to keep up with. So just a note of encouragement to keep blogging if you still enjoy it. But back to the topic-- This is a very helpful post; thank you! I participate in Mail Me Some Art, and I find it to be lots of fun. When I have to mail a birthday card (etc.), I never get it out in time...but I have no trouble with the Mail Me Some Art deadlines. The only thing that is a bit discouraging is when the recipient doesn't acknowledge your mail. At least a quick email to say they received it would be nice. But the process of creating the art is still rewarding. :-)

    1. It doesn't seem very nice that recipients don't acknowledge your work in those exchanges -- and I know firsthand how terrific your work is which makes it even more surprising. Thanks for the blogging encouragement too. I do get discouraged but then every so often something happens to encourage me -- like your nice comment.

  9. How ironic. I had your site up on my monitor, and was about to leave a comment when the electricity went out at my house. Two hours later, I'm finally here, but I see you have already left a comment to me.

    Happy BELATED birthday to begin with. I hope it was wonderful and you didn't have to share your cake with anyone. I know Sally didn't have to. She also got flowers. But I bet you would rather have good mail.

    Wish I could join in, but the cost of postage is beyond my ability to join until this swap I'm in has finished. Even sending in the US can cost a lot when your postage budget is as limited as mine. I hope to join after my swap is over and I can send a few letters or cards and decorated envelopes.

    Again, happy belated birthday.

    1. Elizabeth -- funny, we had a power outage here in SF yesterday too.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes -- I got flowers too -- lilacs, my favorite. You send out a lot of art so I'm sure you are paying a lot in postage. Join in any time you want too.

  10. Pamela, thank you for this wonderful post. So many great ideas. I have never heard of these places and will visit to find a pen pal!

    Thank you for showing my cards! Gosh, I am glad you like them.

    For anyone that wants to contact me: I like making cards, art journaling, reading, thinking, drinking black tea, drinking and finding crafty beers, cooking and eating new vegetarian recipes, being organized (you would never know this to see my hoarder-worthy craft room), all things transportation and urban/land use related, playing with my pets and spending time with my patient and hilarious husband.

    1. Dawn C -- glad you enjoyed the post and I hope you find some new folks to exchange with. I loved the cards you made me. I'm glad you discovered some new mail art sites in the post too.

  11. Wow, that is some seriously fab mail!!! Luckily, I swap w Michele C and received one of those fab mail art booklets!!!! I'm looking for a few reliable people to swap with, check me out on IG (pmarti5). Let me know if you would like to swap. Thanks!!

    1. pmarti5 -- yes, i do get great mail, don't I? I love Michele's work too. Glad you enjoyed the post and many thanks for commenting.

  12. Thank you for a post that gets mail art lovers in touch with one another!

    I love anything with postal themes, and vintage imagery, especially of homes and women of the 1930s to 1960s and vehicles of those eras. I enjoy typography, as well as actual handwriting. I love all sorts of folded letters and mini-books. I like stamps, typewriters, mermaids, maps, diagrams, and Zentangles.

    If anyone is interested in a swap, you can reach me at, or through my blog,

    1. Hey Andria -- great to see you here (and yes, I know I owe you mail --I'm on it). Hummmm women of the 30's - 60's....I will have to check my stash for you. Hope you get some responses and new folks to trade with. Glad to see you checking in.

  13. I'm so glad you're back! I love the Rolodex art! Every time I read your blog, I drool, literally! I did my first swap on MMSA and am developing some mail art pals. Thanks for all your inspiration!

    1. Annette -- so happy you are trying mail art. I'm sure you will find people to trade with. It takes a little time but it is so worth it! And was that you who sent me the great postcard from the World Stamp show?



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