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Create and send radical postcards to other Black folx.

Practice self-care and creativity while delivering snail mail joy.

 

Our Winter 2021 swap has ended. Here's what we did:

Folx signed up by January 22, 2021 to get matched with 5 individuals.

During February 2021, they created 5 postcards and mailed

the postcards to their 5 matched postcard pals.

We started 2021 right with Black Love and Art via post!

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Our Winter 2021 swap has ended.

We will definitely do it again! Stay tuned on Instagram.

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  1. What is the standard size of a postcard? 3-1/2" x 5" or 4-1/4" x 6"
    Visit USPS (United States Postal Service) for more information.
     

  2. How much does it cost to mail a postcard via USPS (United States Postal Service)? If your postcard is standard-sized, you may use a $0.35 postcard stamp. If your postcard is larger than standard, delicate, bulky or non-machinable, you will need different postage or special handling by a USPS postal worker.
    Depending on the art materials you use, you may also need to place your postcard in an envelope. 
    When in doubt, visit your local U.S. Post Office and ask.

     

  3. How do I create a postcard? For the base of your postcard, consider using (a) cardstock or file folders, (b) two index cards glued together for strength, (c) cereal/cracker box or chipboard, (d) flat stationery cards, (e) Strathmore mixed media postcards, or (f) Strathmore watercolor postcards.
    For inspiration, use Instagram, Google, or Pinterest and enter "DIY Postcards."

     

  4. What art supplies should I use?
    * colored pencils     * markers    * crayons    * gel pens
    * glue sticks    *matte medium
    * paper for collage (magazines, handmade paper, decorative paper, wrapping paper, etc.)
    * watercolors    * acrylic (paint, ink, acrylic paint pens)
    *embroidery floss, thread, fabric, etc. for fabric postcards

     

  5. When is the sign up deadline? January 22, 2021
     

  6. By when do I have to mail my postcards? February 28, 2021
     

  7. Who are Almah Creative and The Beat of Blossoms? We are Black women creatives
    based in the United States. Click each name to learn more.

     

  8. Why is this swap for Black folx only? We value affinity spaces for people with shared identities
    to provide unique opportunities for truth, unity, fellowship, and healing.
    This specific postcard swap is an affinity space.
    It will allow individuals of African-descent the space to practice self-care,
    creativity, liberation, love, and joy together through snail mail.