Ask Anything

There are a lot of basic questions on Mail Art that are often asked and answered. This group might be the first place to look for answers. I will do my best to answer, but hope that other members can help out as well.

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Do Mail Artists Like Commentary about Their Work?

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Are there fountain pen enthusiasts here?

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Archives that take donations?

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Finding a Print Shop

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Postcard sizes

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paper glues

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What do you put in Envelope?

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Instagram linked to IUOMA?

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Images in Blog Posts

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What is the best way to share . . .

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What is the etiquette re altering other people's art pieces?

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How to rotate a photo

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What do I do with unwanted messages and friend requests

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Airmail themed cover exchange

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How Do You Keep Track of Mail, Sent & Received

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Comment by Afritha Hasana on October 6, 2019 at 3:23pm
Hey thank you both for taking time to reply to i am very new I don't no what to send and how it works and how to contact others....if you can send mail and show in detail i will definitely reply it back
Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on October 6, 2019 at 1:54pm

Afritha, "Start Here at IUOMA" is a very good group to join. There is a list of mailart mentors -- by month -- that you can contact, and lots of advice. xo

Comment by Heide Monster on October 5, 2019 at 9:28pm

Hi Afritha,

Just send mail. 

     People send postcards, or decorated envelopes, or art inside envelopes, or miscellaneous objects. Often they send a note with the art, but not always.  It depends on what art you make, and your budget and your interests.  Look at the groups that interest you. 

     Its been my experience that the people that are currently  active on the IOUMA site will respond to your mail.  Even though there are thousands of members, not all are currently doing MAil Art.  Click on someone's name and on their page, half way down is their address. . 

     Heck, send me something.  I promise to send something in response.

Comment by Afritha Hasana on October 5, 2019 at 7:30pm
Hello everyone am very new to mail art can anyone say more detailed about how it works and what we can send in mail art and to whom we have send.Thank you in advance
Comment by Denise Woodward on October 5, 2019 at 7:13pm

You are welcome.  I've been making and exchanging a lot of mail art, but I haven't been posting online lately.  I'm trying to get in the habit of visiting this site (and participating) more often.  See ya in the mail! Denise

Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on October 5, 2019 at 6:59am

Hi, Denise, iou so many blitzes! I'm buying a heat gun tomorrow to work on a mega-batch of them. I'm so glad to know glassine envies will go through the system -- so basically the non-machineable 71-cent butterfly surcharge stamp will "get-er-there." ( I'm imagining glassine might grunge-out, too, with Stayzon inks.) Thanks for joining the Ask Anything group, and saving me a ton of aggravation.

Comment by Denise Woodward on October 5, 2019 at 1:15am

Hi res-I've used glassine envelopes for mailing and I think they can be quite lovely!  You have to seal them well, and you have to use "non-machineable" postage stamps.  Have fun!  Denise

Comment by Mary Anne on October 3, 2019 at 2:29pm


Comment by res nullius aka. "res" on October 3, 2019 at 2:05pm

Has anyone ever gotten away with using glassine envelopes as regular mailing envelopes?

Comment by Mary Anne on September 26, 2019 at 2:39pm

Here is a hypothetical question for some of the old boys to think on:

Scenario:  You put together a small project with the promise of some nice documentation, a book or something, a limited edition, one each.

You get a dozen pieces of work and get the book (or whatever) printed up in an edition of a dozen with no spares.

You post them out but one goes missing in the post.  What to do? 'Tough luck, that's the lottery of the postal service'?  Re print another dozen (oh, the expense of it all)?

Is there no way out without a disappointment?

Hopefully it will never happen but just in case . . .


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