Thom Courcelle's Blog (158)

Ode to the Goose...Accolades to Stripygoose!

Yup... I received number 334 out of 365-and-a-half...and I'm super thrilled to have made the cut on Stripygoose's massive bird mailing. As Stripygoose's bird drawings go, this one's a champion! I love it and its feathery details!!!

Details about my particular bird were on the backside of the artwork...…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 7, 2016 at 4:49am — 2 Comments

Tonipoet Sends "Red"

Toni Hanner sent this lovely collage in a crafty handmade envelope—very spring-like to suit the season...

A closer look at the collage work...

Terrific!  Thank you,…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 7, 2016 at 4:38am — 1 Comment

Viz-po and Lit-po...All in One Fab Envelope

Chris Well of Faint Press send me an amazing collage/painting as well as some poetry. Mmmmmm....great stuff.…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 7, 2016 at 4:01am — 4 Comments

Sarah Waldron Shows off Her Artistic Talents

Something arrived in a pretty amazing envelope. It was a large envelope completely covered in zentangle design. I couldn't tell if it was Sarah's work directly, or if it was a pre-printed design. But even if it was pre-printed, it took an artistic eye to turn it into a fancy envelope...full of even more delightful surprises...…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 7, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Art This Good Should Be Made into a Commemorative Stamp Sheet…Oh Wait...

It DID get made into a commemorative ARTISTAMP sheet...

Matthew Stolte's collage and reverse paint print artwork looks just fine when converted into the medium of artistamps:

Honored to be the recipient of one of only a 15 sheet print run! (see lower left of sheet).

If that wasn't nifty enough, Matthew send a an…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on March 25, 2016 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Two Large Mail Art Pieces from Two New Friends

Birthe Petersen (Denmark) and Nadia Aroca (Spain) recently sent some really great work to me through the mail...

From Birthe, an intriguing figurative envelope with a white shadow spectre…which turns out to be the perfect spot for my address to go.

And that was just the envelope! Inside was a whole other piece of art, collaged and…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on March 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Leap Day Special Deliveries

I received several mail art pieces either postmarked or celebrating "Leap Day" in 2016—that is, February 29th, which only comes around once every four years...

From MomKat in Greece, a hand-drawn, collaged, hand-stamped reminder that time sails away...…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on March 25, 2016 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

"It All Starts with Toulouse…"

Large board mail art post from Dean, with an emphasis on the history of Toulouse...

"Ne pas enlever cette étiquette." I would NEVER!!!

The reverse side has an aerial view of some of the monastic communities' buildings in Toulouse named after Saint Saturnin (I think), and a split image of the saint himself. Saint Saturnin was…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 26, 2016 at 10:34pm — 1 Comment

Intriguing TraSHPo Recipe Card from Diane Keys

"Yummy Cabbage Cream Cheese Cake…."

As far as I can tell, the recipe goes something like this:

1 can apple pie filling

1 box Jiffy White Cake Mix

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cabbage

Mix all ingredients together. Stir with a wooden spoon 1,322 rotations. Caution! [May cause bursitis.] Bake for…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 26, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Abundance from Amy Irwen

Lucky me, I got a fatty envelope from Amy Irwen… with all kinds of goodies inside ripe for use on future mail art...

Included were two of Amy's sewn-on-board ATCs, both texturally and visually amazing On the left, "Window Series #21"  and on the right "Storm Warning."…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 26, 2016 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Long-Lost DKult Trashpo Artifact [Art-in-Fact] UNEARTHED!!

One of the saddest and MOST EMBARRASSING things that happened during my move in 2014 from the west coast US to the east coast US was the loss of a special DKult Trashpo mailing that was sent from MailArt Martha. She had taken such care with the package and REALLY SCORED A 10-POINT EXECUTION with this piece. I laughed and laughed when I originally received it and was amazed at the brilliant creativity of it...

…AND THEN I LOST IT IN THE HECTIC PROCESS…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 9, 2016 at 2:01am — 7 Comments

Winter Greetings from Carina!

What's black and white and read all over? Mail Art in my postbox from Carina Granlund!

Whoa… Finland postage stamps are fun!

Is that a trick question?…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 8, 2016 at 11:58pm — 1 Comment

Keeping Up with David Stafford

Ever had one of those humbling "trying-to-keep-up-with-the-Joneses" days with the mail art you receive? Well, David is always keeping me on my toes and upping the ante on how to be hilarious...

Not only great mail art… but prolific, too!!…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 4, 2016 at 4:47pm — 5 Comments

Dean's Voiture Orange Movement Transcendent

Dean must've been studying with the monks of Tibet, because his mail art is becoming very transcendent and mandala-like...

Wait… THAT guy doesn't look like a Tibetan monk!

Mérci, Monsieur Mailartiste…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 4, 2016 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Jude Weirmeir's Creativie Playing Board Cantina

Received this large board mailing from Jude Weirmeir some time ago… It showcases the many talents of a creative genius. Musician, lyricist, artist, funny man, and riddle maker…

I like how the various finger hole-keys are all different…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 4, 2016 at 4:07pm — 1 Comment

[Partial] Winter 2015-2016 Blog Jam

Ugh. Sorry everyone…Spent literally whole day trying all method options to upload photos with only frustrating results. Culprit is very likely the pooptastic internet service here. Must now retire attempts for today to save my sanity. (shaking fist at the heavens):…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on February 1, 2016 at 3:17am — 4 Comments

Recently Received Mail Art: Autumn 2015

Enjoy some of these documentation photos of the pieces I've received from some very artistic friends:

 

Mail Art by David Stafford PETA might get after David Stafford for this one (I heard that Tara is ring-toss game challenged! She has to swim with the "slow" whale pod! Tara is restricted to the shallow end of the pool!) but David's absurd and hilarious sense of humor is giving me the giggles. (Thanks for the cow, David. I can affix it to future mailings I wanna send…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on October 22, 2015 at 4:38am — 1 Comment

Ringmaster of the Caterpiller Circus

Another winning piece of Mail Art collage from the amazing Svenja Wahl:

Super cool!!  Thank you, Svenja!

Added by Thom Courcelle on July 2, 2013 at 12:51am — 12 Comments

June BlogJam Back-Up!

Where does the time GO??????  Though things are a whirlwind on the home front, I thought I'd post these several pictures of some great received mail art that's arrived in my mailbox...

 

MomKat sent a Paul Gaugin birthday greeting of wonderful beauty!  Paul Gaugin's birthday was on June 7th!…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on July 2, 2013 at 12:48am — 1 Comment

May 2013 MOBMA WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Well, it's the end of the month, and I don't wish to keep anyone in suspense any longer.  So as the esteemed judge for this month's MOBMA award, I have the duty of crowning this IUOMA Group's best submission.  The task was arduous, rife with hair-pulling (literally--see Vizma's submission), and tortured. Tactics of bribery were ignored.  I was so overwhelmed by the pressure, that I eventually broke the contest down into several categories, for which prizes are being awarded and sent in the…

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Added by Thom Courcelle on June 1, 2013 at 2:29am — 17 Comments

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