Monday, March 21, 2016

Paper Postcard Unit Study

Update: I'm resurrecting this old homeschool unit study as I learned that the second annual postcard show will be coming to our area  June 23 and 24, 2017. Click here for more details!

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Our son needed a community service project to do. As I didn’t drive and he wasn’t of age, yet, to obtain his student driving permit, I scouted around to find something he could do from home. I devised a Paper Postcard Unit Study (ie card ministry) after a little study of my own. He read about the beginning of writing, the postal service and in addition, studied art history. And created art postcards weekly for a period of about 6 months to mail to church members and his youth group.
We came up with several techniques that could be used to make his art postcards. Note that postal regulations have changed - art cards must be flat to send by regular postcard rates; bumpy cards must pay extra postage. These were some of the techniques he employed to design his cards with: applique, blow markers (watercolor markers - like air brushing), calligraphy, collage (magazine cutouts, stickers, etc.), color me (black & white), comic drawing, construction -- paper engineering, crayon rubbings, crosswords or word puzzles, glitter, graphing, ink blotting, mosaic (bits of colored paper), painting, pen & ink drawing, pressed flowers, rubber stamping, scratch pictures, silhouettes, spin painting, sponging, stenciling, stickers, watercolor (be sure to spray w/ a fixative), string or marble painting, and so on.

To get started in a similar study, see my unit study below:

acid-free, advertising cards, artist, comic, commemorative, deltiologyephemera, First Class Mail, lithography, linen, mechanical cards, note, novelty, paper engineering, photo-chrome printing, postmark, postal stationery, postcard, stamp, topical, viewcards

Related Scripture for Memorization/Penmanship Practice:
Exodus 31:18; Exodus 32:15-16; 2 Kings 19:14; 2 Chronicles 2: 11; Esther 9:30; Psalm 119:103; Proverbs 15:30 & 16:24; Proverbs 25: 11, 25; Ecclesiastes 12:10; Isaiah 52:7; John 1:1; Acts 15: 30-31; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3; 2 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:15 & 3:17; and 2 John :12.

May Read About:
Read an encyclopedia or books on advertising cards, the alphabet, biographies of cardmakers/illustrators (Sam Butcher, Betsy Clark, Mary Engelbreit, Kate Greenaway, Bessie Pease Gutman, Holly Hobbie, Charlotte Spiers), cachets, card companies (Ambassador, Gibson, or Hallmark Cards), card poets/verse (Helen Steiner Rice); Christmas cards, ink, mailboxes, Mother’s/Father’s Day, parchment, paper, papyrus, pencils, pens, Pony Express, postcards, postmarks, the postal service, printing, printing companies (Currier & Ives), rubber, rubber stamping, stamp collecting, trading cards, Valentine cards, vintage postcard collections; value guides, woodblock printing, writing, envelope history, and so forth.

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln had a copy book or scrapbook in which he kept sayings/quotes/poems that he liked? Did you know he wrote at least three poems?

Interesting Books:
1. Addressing for Automation: A Study Guide (Grades 5-8) (free from US Postal Service)
2. A History of Valentines. By Ruth Webb Lee. New York; 1952.
3. Ambassador of Sunshine. (abt. Helen Steiner Rice 1900-1981). By Ronald Pollitt & Virginia Wiltsie. Published: 1994. OR: In the Vineyard of the Lord. By Helen Steiner Rice as told to Fred Bauer. 1979.
4. Art Postcard Books from Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501-3582
5. Bessie Pease Gutmann: over 50 Years of Published Art. By Karen Choppa. 1998
6. Centennial Handbook of the First Issue Postal Card. By Charles A. Fricke. 1973.
7. Child-Size Masterpieces.(series) By Aline D.Wolf (curriculum using Art postcards)
8. Gift of a Letter. By Alexandra Stoddard. 1990.
9. Holy Cards. by Barbara Calaman & Sandra Dipasqua. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004.
10. Mailbox Ministry: Greeting Cards that Share the Faith. Sue Banker. Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, NY; 2009.
11. Mail Memories: a Pictorial Guide to Postcard Collecting. By John M. Kaduck. 1971
12. Mary Engelbreit: The Art and the Artist. By Patrick Regan (b. 1952 - ?)1996.
13. Postcard Collector Annual: Commemorating 100 Years of the Postcard. By Deborah Lengkeek. 1993
14. The Alphabet Makers, by Hyatt Moore, The Museum of the Alphabet, Waxhaw, NC, 1991
15. The Complete Guide to Greeting Card Design & Illustration. By Eva Szela. North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH; 1994.
16. The Encyclopedia of Antique Postcards. By Susan Brown Nicholson. 1994.
17. The History of the Christmas Card. By George Buday. Omnigraphics, Detroit, MI.; 1992.
18. The Picture Postcard & Its Origins. By Frank Staff. 1967.
19. The Rubber Stamp Album. By Joni K. Miller & Lowry Thompson. Workman Pub., 1978.
20. The Scrapbook in American Life. By Patricia P. Buckler, Katherine Ott, & Susan Tucker.
21. The Trade Card in Nineteenth-Century America. By Robert Jay. University of Missouri Press; Columbia; 1987.
22. The United States Postal Service: An American History (1775-2002) (free from US Postal Service)
23. Valentines: A Loving Remembrance. By Jean P. Favalora. Lark Books, 1995.
24. When You Care Enough. By J. C. Hall. (1891-1982). Published: 1979, reprinted 1992
25. Here Lies Kansas City: A Collection of Our City’s Notables and Their Final Resting Places. By Wilda Sandy. 1984. [Joyce C. Hall (1891-1982) of Hallmark Cards].
26. Splitcoast Stampers Postal Poetry Thread
27. Philatelic Genealogy
28. Raphael Tuck and Sons Database of Postcards

The Letter (1967). Written by Wayne Carson Thompson and made famous by The Box Tops and their singer, Alex Chilton.

Field Trips:
1. Greeting Card or Printing Companies:
2. Hallmark’s Visitor’s Center, Crown Center,  2500 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO.
3.  Mary Engelbreit, St. Louis, MO.
4. Gift, Card, Rubber Stamping, Scrapbook, and Stationery Shops
5. Postal Museums Collections
6. National Postal Museum at the Smithsonian 
8. Post Offices
9. University Libraries and Archives (Post Card and Letter Collections)
11. Post Crossing; an online postcard swapping site.

National Postcard Week = first week in May.

3000 BC = Courier Runners
1500 = Semite Clay Tablets
1000 = Phoenician Alphabet
190 = Parchment & Egyptian Papyrus
50 = Cuttlefish Ink
105 A.D = Chinese Paper
500 = Chinese/Japanese Stencil
635 = Quill Pen
740 = Wood Block Printing
1040 = Movable type printing
1400s = European Woodblock Printed Cards
1450 = Gutenberg Printing Press
1466 = Master E.S. from Strasbourg New Year Greeting Card
1565 = pencils
1639 = US Post
1683 = London Penny Post
1690 = 1st US Paper Mill, Germantown, PA.
1700s = Engraved or woodcut printed advertising cards; Rubber Eraser
1775 = Benjamin Franklin, printer & 1st US Postmaster General
1792 = Color printing
1799 = Scraps (die-cut glossy printed paper images)
1829 = Harvey/Thompson Anniversary card
1834-1896 = William Morris design era
1839 = Goodyear's Vulcanized rubber
1840 = Postage stamp; Sunday School Scriptural text & reward cards
1841 = Crayon By Currier & Ives
1843 = Lithograph Printed Cards
1851 = Warren de la Rue (1815-1889) invented envelope-making machine
1856 = Chemical dyes
1858 = Street Letter Boxes
1860 = Pony Express
1861 = Brass US revenue mechanical wheel hand stamp; Lipman postcard; 1 cent postal rate
1862 = Printed playing cards; Mourning Cards by L. Prang & Co.
1873 = 1st shipment of rubber stamps from US to Peru; 1st US Postal Cards; typewriter
1875 = Louis Prang's US Cards
1884 = Excelsior Stamp Pad; fountain pen
1890 = Sign Markers (alphabet stamps)
1893 to 1918 = Postcard's highlight era
1900s = Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Wildlife Trading Cards
1902 = Kodak Photograph Cards
1911 = First Marking-device Trade Convention, Chicago, IL.
1911 = Marking Device Association
1912 = Kewpie postcards by Rose
1912 = Joyce C. Hall of Hall Brothers publishes his own postcards of Kansas City sights.
1918 = Air Mail
1928 = Voter stamped hands
1930s = Louis Waynai's hand-stamped Bible
1938 = Bethlehem, PA. Christmas postal cachet
1950s = Correspondence Art; Xerox Photocopy
1953 = White House Christmas Cards
1958 = Dial-a-Phrase stamps
1963 = Zip Codes
1967 = Polymer clear stamps
1972 = All Night Media
1974 = Hero Arts
1974 = International Stamp-Art Exhibit, Paris
1977 = Rubberstampede
1979 = Dee Gruenig/Posh Home Parties
1983 = Posh Impressions Rubber Stamp Store

Originally published on blog: Jan 3, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Two Artist Trading Cards

These are two artist trading cards I made to swap for ATC club today at Ink, Paper, Rubber in Overland Park, Kansas today. My sweet hubby bought a good buy on a group of faux Mary stamps and two Mary Engelbreit rubber stamps from eBay for me recently. Our theme was "vintage" or "nostalgic" and Mary's cute stamps fit right in with the "nostalgic" theme.  I colored them in using my new pastel Marvy-Uchida markers I recently purchased with a 50% off coupon at Joann's on the first layer and the second layer was coloring pencils. Then I added washi tape to the edges.
Our jam theme was blue and brown.