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postcard collections and postcard design-by Manu

The Postcard forest project is going on

Last time, here  I wrote about my intention to start a project about postcards. At that time, the project was called „Postcrds against global warming.” This name is not the best one, because we will attract the opposite. Maybe you know a few words about the law of attraction, for example: if you are against hunger, be rather for more food. If you are against war, be rather for more peace, and so on. So, I will change the name „Postcards against global warming”.

First, what  do we need to reverse the global warming, and the climate changes?  We need more oxygene! And of course, reduce the CO2 and methane emissions.

And where does the oxygene come from?  It comes from the plants, the plants provide oxygene, through photosynthesis.

So, what do we need for more oxygene?  We need more plants, especially trees. More trees, it means also more forests.

So, let’s promote the plants, trees, forests, and urban forest innitiatives. That’s why I ws changed the name into „postcard forest”. But it is possible to hange the name later.

In this step of the project, I am collecting and collecting poscards. These are the categories what I collect:

– plants, any kind of plants (let’s say botany)

– trees (also botany)

– forests

– parks, botanical gardens

– biophyllic architecture or any kind of urban gardening

– different places altered by climate changes, deforestation, intensive agriculture or other human activities. For example, I’m looking for postcards about lake Aral nowadays, and old postcards about Lake Aral.

 

I want to say „thanks” to Anna from Italy and Adriana from Romania, for their help. They have sent me postcards for this project! I don’t have any scanner at the moment to be able t scan some postcards. But I will do later.

When the collection for the project will be big enough, the next step will be an exhibition, even more exhibitions. The aim for a long term, is to raise awareness about the climate changes, and to promote more plant growing, as a method to provide more oxygene.

 

 

 

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New eco-cities lead probably to new postcards

Yesterday I have written about a project meant to raise awareness about the climatic changes which affects all of us.

Today I have seen a documentary which has shown (among the others), the concept of a new city. Near Dubai, a new city is raising, and that is called Masdar. The city’s architecture is inspired by… you cannot imagine – is inspired by the Medieval cities, where the buildings were built so close each to the other, and the streets were so narrow. Something similar is designed in Masdar, and due to this architecture, there’s no need for cars.

For sure there are more such cities like Masdar in the world. And it would be great to achieve some postcards from those cities. In the first step, dear reader, let’s create a list of the eco-cities from all over the world. And then, it will be easier to search for postcards.

Dear reader, if you know such eco-cities, or eco-villages, write me in a comment.

Best wishes

Manu

Postcards against the global warming

Hello dear reader! It was a time when I had no inspiration, no ideas what to post on this blog. But do you know, lack of inspiration may be for the moment, may be for a while, but it can’t be forever… unless you want that.

No matter where are you from (however, I would like to get followers from all around the world), you can feel the effects of the global warming. The global average temperature has been raised by 0,5 C degree, and due to this, some areas are coping with desertification and lack of water. Stronger hurricans are damaging cities, new fires are burning the forests. But in the same time, pushed by this economy, the people cut the forests, pollute more. The agriculture is a very polluting activity. Apart from this, more and more lands which are deforested to be given to the agriculture.

It’s not my goal to write here an essay about the global warming. You may find a lot of documentaries on youtube about this topic.

I’ve found, for example this short, but very concise video:

 

Amazon desert??!!  It’s so scaring.

 

My purpose is to show by the help of postcards, the  effects of the global warming, and to sensibilise the people that we still have time to stop this phenomenon. The plants are our best friends in the fight with the global warming.

How that man said in the video, the future generations maybe won’t know what is a tree!

By the way, yesterday I have bought a Juniperus chinensis small tree. Apart from this, I have a lemon tree. I think everyone may have a juniper small tree in a pot, in a flat.

But now, let’s turn back to the postcards.

For this project I will continue to buy postcards about parks, forests, and plants (any kind of plants), and something new in my collection: postcards about places which are changed by the global warming, or agriculture. If you have such postcards about places altered by the global warming, or  by human activity, we may exchange. Contact me for infos.

Because I don’t have scanner now, I will post the already scanned postcards what I have in this topic:

Kiev

 

The Botanical Garden from Cluj Napoca, Romania

 

The botanical Garden from Bolestraszyce, Poland

 

 

A postcard from a sketch drawing

Lot of happy people going around, good music, and good weather. Yes, we are at the festival. At every festival there are salesmen who try to sell different interesting objects: handcrafted souvenirs, or food, or t-shirts, or anything else. I have took a look around the place, to find some postcards and… of course, I found the table where they are selling postcards.

What I bought there is not an ordinary postcard, based on a photo, it’s a postcard which represents a hand drawing, a sketch. Take a look on it, this is the Liberty Bridge, from Budapest – Hungary:

Liberty bridge, budapest, Hungary
Liberty bridge, budapest, Hungary

 

Why not, sometimes a sketch may add more effect than a photography. But for sure, it depends on the quality of the drawing and the quality of the photo. I’m thinking now that a postcard based on a sketch drawing can be a solution for some places where there’s noting so special to include on a good photo. 

Do you like the postcards based on drawings?

 

How to reuse postcards and greeting cards

For sure you don’t collect all the kind of postcards. Sometimes you get postcards which you don’t really like.

Maybe your friends use to send you postcards or greeting cards every year before the Christmas. You like them, you collect them, but after a while, you realise that you have plenity of them and you don’t know what to do with them.

Let’s take a look on how to reuse the postcards/greeting cards. 

One idea that works:

Giftbags with postcards

Step 1. These are the postcards and greeting cards which I don’t collect. We will work with these:

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We will need also:

  • scissors
  • a cutter or more
  • paper
  • glue
  • decorations (optional)

 

Step 2. Select a postcard/postcards which you want to use. Because the Christmas is coming, I was thinking to create two giftbags There will be a postcard sticked on each.

Step 3. Make the paper bag. Here is a short videotutorial about how to make paper bags:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPRi0lMugX4

Or a longer tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TuSN6YeoYg

 

Step 4. Stick the postcard on the paper bag. It will be like this:

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You can even cut pieces from other postcards, to prepare the decorations:

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Step 5. Stick all the decorations on the bag. Here you can use your imagination.

And… here are the bags:

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and this one:

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