So I just joined but I really don;t know how to start or what is acceptable to mail. I have artwork that I would like to send on 6x6 and 8x8 canvas boards but where can I go so send my artwork? Do I send to strangers, friends, family, etc?
Please give me some insight. I did check out the "New to IUOMA" page; while it was helpful, I still feel a bit lost.
Any advice or tips??
There are no real official rules to how to mail art. Just use your own personal style mixed with a little bit of common sense and you'll do fine.
Yes, you can. And also once you "befriend" someone, you might get to see their address in their profile. You can ask beforehand of course, but it's fun to send things as a surprise too. Mostly people send something in return, sometimes it takes a while, sometimes it's very quick. You can take a guess from who is currently active on the ning site. Don't be disappointed if you don't get anything back, or not for a long time, but in my experience I got a reply to probably 95% of my mail eventually. I used to send a lot in my first couple of years, now I am much more slow.
Another tip is, to blog the mail you have received here. It is motivating to see the receiver appreciating your mail and putting the effort into posting it, if you have the time. That might entice people into sending you stuff out of the blue! I used to blog everything, but now I just don't have the time, and have a huge backlog. As others have said there are no real rules (except to be kind and respectful), sometimes people send crazy stuff! Don't worry at all!
I started sending to mail art calls, then I looked through the groups and joined the ones that interested me. I started sending art to the people who were active in the groups, that way I knew they were still active in mail art. (Shameless plug inserted here: Feel free to join my group, A Year of Art Journals.) I also watched the main page on this site because it shows the activity for this site, that's another way to see who is still active.
Of course I can't speak for everyone, but I think for the most part, mail artists like to receive surprises in the mail. I would just pick someone who you know is currently active and send them something. Sometimes you'll get something in return right away, sometimes it will take a while, and there are times when you simply won't.
I agree with everyone else about the canvas boards. If you're sending a lot of mail art it might get pricey, but it may not seem pricey to you. You might be my new rich friend. hahahahaha... Yesterday, I bought a pad of 140 lb watercolor paper. I'm going to cut it into 5x7 inch and send post card style. Maybe something like watercolor paper would suit your needs. They used to sell canvas paper; I don't know if they still do. Anyway, just a couple of suggestions.
Like Moan Lisa said, there are no official rules.
I also found these blank postcards from amazon.
I think I'll buy these and experiment with collage on these. I might also try to experiment on making my own postcards from scratch.
If you're onto postcard papers, I will throw out my favorite ones; again this is just personal style and taste but here:
Oh! I like those too! It certainly looks like a better quality paper.
...or support handmade and look at supplies sold on https://www.etsy.com/
If you come across decently thick postcard sized handmade paper (4x6" or less); please let me know.
As a P.S.: Thunderbolt paper is a small startup company that just happens to use Amazon to get their customer base.
I took a course some years ago that involved mail art and each project involved an idea, a word, a phrase to spark maileable art (postcards or regular letter-mail size only to send to a selection of addresses. I enjoyed that activity, was speaking about it the other day and set out to look for a group doing something similar.