Mail art – prehistoric post

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We cut our way through a tangle of vines, each one thicker than a man’s arm. Heat prickled our skin. The air was humid, tropical, and thick with floral perfume: something like frangipani, with a less-pleasant undertone of… what was that? Sulphur?

When at last we pushed aside the final curtain of vines, we could barely believe the evidence of our eyes. A volcano, forcing its way up out of the ocean, and, around it, a flock of pterodactyls carrying mail bags.

We had discovered it at last: the lost island of the Prehistoric Post Offie.

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18 comments

  • Emma

    These are gorgeous and adorable!!! Well done!!!

  • Carrie Hamilton

    Love your art, your creativity, the vibrant colours you paint and your themes. So very delightful, thank you for sharing!

  • Deb @ Blossom Bomb

    Totally impressed with your talent as usual, Naomi! Amazing! xxx

  • DIANE J PATMORE

    I used to “decorate” my mail when I was a youngster. And now, somehow, letter-writing seems to have fallen by the way.
    Can we entirely blame the speed of email? I don’t think so. A lack of time, perhaps? No, that can’t be the reason/excuse for here you are, a busy young mother!
    Well, you’ve given me a nudge.Thank you.

    • Naomi Bulger

      I definitely think lack of time Diane. It’s so hard to portion off the time to sit and write to someone. But it is also very rewarding (so actually quite a selfish act). I hope you can find the time, and that you enjoy it as much as I do!

  • Cindy R.

    Wow, these are so cute and creative! Thank you for sharing!

  • Bek @ Just For Daisy

    So good!! I love them! :) Rawww!

  • Jan Wulf

    I bought some goache paint, but I’m no artist. Just having fun playing. Do you mix all those colors? Or do you already have those paint colors. I mix some, but they don’t come out the color I expect. I’ve heard you can spend a lifetime studying color and mixing. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    • Naomi Bulger

      Hi Jan! Well I’m definitely no artist either, just an enthusiastic mail-decorator :-). I use a mixture of paints. I have two palettes of gouache that are pre-mixed, as well as a palette of watercolour, and I also sometimes mix (wet on wet, on the paper) the watercolours and the gouache. I also have tubes of gouache for when I want to mix a specific colour. Like you I always find it super tricky, but fun. Thankfully, I’m not going for photo-realism (tendering in evidence: pink and purple dinosaurs) so I just play until I find something I like. I hope this helps!

  • Janice

    I can’t stop smiling!!!! I ran around my office showing everyone the Instagram photo…I have a letter coming and I couldn’t be happier!
    best day ever

    • Naomi Bulger

      Hi Janice, I’m so sorry! I thought that most people had got their letters, so I thought it was safe to post them here. Now I’ve ruined the surprise for you! I hope it arrives soon, and that you like it. x

  • Luci Sweet

    Delightful!

  • Dasha

    OMG! I follow your instagram and always check the blog for new batch of mail cause I just like your style. And I literary haven’t noticed the name and city on the last dinosaur envelope. At all! Plus I don’t even remember writing you email with my address… :) So it got me by surprise and complete shock (the good on) to find your dinosaur envie in my mail box today! I am like a little kid who got the secret Christmas gift under the tree. :) THANK YOU!
    Will write you back soon. :)

  • Eva

    It arrived this morning. Thanks, thanks, thanks! It’s a wonderful mail.

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