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How to make your own DIY postcards

 there's something special about sending mail. in our digital age, we have a ton of information at our fingertips, but it's all the same texture: usually that of our smart phone or computer keyboard. physical mail comes in different shapes, sizes, textures, and smells. it's a tangible expression of your thought and care, and it's quite easy to create!

so what's stopping you? get started sending mail today.

here's my step-by-step guide for making and sending your own postcards:

how to make your own postcards at home

(and a longer text version, with more details)

1. get some cardstock. you can get this at any art store or office supply store. (Check out this acid-free Pacon card stock, or this 100lb card stock in 9" x 12" sheets, which is better, especially if you do more painting). you can also use cereal boxes -- these are an excellent weight of paper for postcards.

2. cut it down to size. postcards can be any size you make them, so for an 8.5" x 11" sheet, i would just cut it into quarters. for the 9" x 12", i cut it into 4.5" x 6" cards. make a stack of these, so that you have them on hand.

3. when you sit down for your sketching/doodling practice, work on the cards! only draw/paint on one side, and then set them aside. (of course, if you really hate one, just drop it in a "do not send" pile. but remember: it doesn't need to be perfect for someone to love it!)

4. as you fill the stack, it can be nice to prepare your postcards for sending, so you're always ready. to do this, flip it to the other side, and set it up to be a postcard. draw a vertical line somewhere between 1/2 and 1/3 of the way from the right. this separates your writing space from your address space. draw three lines to write the address on later, add a postcard stamp (cheaper than regular stamps, but sure to get postcard-specific stamps!), and write your return address on the top left, in case something happens with delivery. if you're in the US, you can order stamps online, so you don't even need to go in to the post office to get your stamps! Click here for all the postcard stamps currently available.

5. when you're ready to send some mail, grab a prepared postcard from your stack and add you're address and write a little message. maybe you don't know when the "right time" is to send a postcard. well let me tell you: the right time is Right Now! everyone loves postcards. send one to your grandma, send one to a friend, do a giveaway and send some to your followers on social media, send one to everyone who has every ordered something from you.. the list is endless. just start!

6. go drop those babies in the mail, and pat yourself on the back for making someone smile when they reach into their mailbox and see your cute art 💌

 

let me know if you make your own art mail to send out and what folks think! if you have any other questions, ask them in the comments, & i'll answer them for you 💜

with love,
riles

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