Mail Art Badge
by Jen Milakovic
(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement.)
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *
Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *
Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Understand what mail art is. Look at some examples of mail art and discuss it with your troop.
_____2.* Make and send a piece of mail art.
_____3. Learn what naked mail is and send someone a piece.
_____4. Typically stamps are placed in the top right corner of envelopes, but did you know you can actually place stamps anywhere? Experiment with placing stamps in unique places or incorporating them into your mail art designs.
_____5. Design a postcard to send someone.
_____6. Collage a piece of mail art to send.
_____7. Paint a piece of mail art.
_____8. Send mail art to someone who is sick, a soldier who is deployed, an elderly person, or the like.
_____9. Unused US stamps are always valid. Get some older stamps of different denominations and practice using multiple stamps to add up to the correct postage.
_____10. Make a piece of mail art using only one color.
_____11. Watch a documentary or read a book about mail art.
_____12. Learn calligraphy and use it to address a piece of mail art.
_____13. Cut out letters from magazines or newspapers and use it to write an address or message in a piece of mail art.
_____14. Earn the PenPal Badge at your level.
_____15. Earn the Letter Writing Badge at your level.
_____16. Artistamps or Faux Postage are fake stamps made by artists. They are not to be used in place of real postage, but are fun to make. Design your own artistamp.
_____17. Make a piece of mail art from recycled materials. For example, cut a piece of cardboard from a cereal box and send it as a postcard.
_____18. Learn about the International Union of Mail Artists.
Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff
Mail Me Art by Darren Di Lieto
Making Mail (Documentary available on YouTube)