Drawing and sketching in public. Adding some writing to a journal page full of color, paint, images and photos.
This is a great way to experience the world and meet people.
As you may be aware if you’ve been following my stories, I love paper, mail art, and keeping richly illustrated sketchbook journals of my travels near and far.
Curious folks come over and ask what I’m working on. I’ve made great friends and spontaneous lunch dates this way. Always great to not be always sitting at a table alone durning an extended trip.
This is one of my introvert solutions to being in the world around lots of people I don’t know: get engaged in a creative activity.
For years it’s bothered me that I don’t have any kind of business cards to share when I meet people. So I came up with these quick postcards. Cut with rounded corners…so pretty.
They serve two purposes…
#1: The front of the postcard with the prosperity Buddha talisman is a photo I snapped, featured in this post.
Like a fortune cookie message, this is a nice, encouraging oracle to give someone. Everyone smiles when they see this message. This makes me feel good.
My contact info on the back is a reminder of our meeting, and the QR code connects to my website. I made the QR code so it looks hand-sketched on a postage stamp. This is already more fun than a business card.
Since I’m a digital nomad / world traveler / lover of collecting even more passport stamps and visas, I made a passport stamp of my name and website, plus the Here Is Good stamp.
It’s so fun designing stuff like this. So…I kept going… #2: To invite people to write, draw, and sketch with me, I made another version of the back of the postcard, slightly bigger, so that two postcards could be printed or copied on one sheet of letter sized postcard stock.
The front of these cards are blank—creating the ideal surface for spontaneous visual journaling and note taking. I used the same paper I make handmade journal pages of. So I know it is sturdy enough for gluing shit down and painting.
On the left side where you write a message, are one of the mantras or quotes or greetings that I use in my work: Hello Gorgeous Genius began back in 2002, on my first site, when I was simply wanting my home page to say something other than “Welcome”.
Remember welcome pages?
Tell Me Something Wonder-Full (yes, that’s how I spell wonderful) was always on my outgoing voicemail message. Then I wrote it in white Sharpie marker across my chartreuse bathroom wall. And left the Sharpie in there for visitors to my studio to add their own graffiti good messages.
I’m eager to share theses cards with new friends I meet, and with YOU.
Click the link below download a .pdf of the blank postcards. Print them out on regular postcard or card stock, or heavy paper.
The 8.5 x 11 size will give you two postcards. To cut them apart, fold in half and cut on the fold line. lisasonora-postcards download
Now go play with your art supplies! Show me what you make. Here’s how they look on pretty color card stock.