The 1000 Origami Crane Giveaway

Origami Crane Giveaway Print

Origami Crane, 3-color silkscreen print. 7 x 5 inches. Edition of 1000

As 2015 was coming to a close I wanted to get just one more print under my belt. For some reason the thing that popped into my head was a paper airplane. Thinking about folding paper I was reminded of the tradition of folding 1000 origami cranes for good luck and 2015 was a tough year so I could use some luck. Couldn’t we all? So the great crane giveaway was conceived. In the Japanese tradition you’re only supposed to get the good luck or wish if you keep the cranes, but I’m already breaking the rules by printing them instead of folding them. So now I’m looking for 1000 people to say, “Yes, I’d like a crane please.” Hopefully it will be good luck for all of us.

About the Print

Crane Giveaway Print Detail

The print is three colors: silver, red, and purple. The first two colors were printed the last week of 2015. In following with some of the printing trials of the year, getting the screens exposed to print was challenging. The final color was printed just after the first week of 2016 and with some new techniques the screen came out much better than many of my past screens. Hopefully it is a sign of my process improving.

Each print is numbered on the front (x/1000) in an acid-free metallic pen. On the back it is signed and dated with the year.

If you’re interested in the process, check out Making of the Origami Crane Print.

How Do I Get One?

I’d love to just take your names and addresses and send them all with the postage covered. Unfortunately I do not have $490 to spare on all the stamps I would need to mail them, so some effort is require on your part.

Method One

Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

John Morton/Neat & Keen
721 N. 9th St
DeKalb IL 60115

The envelope you send should have postage on it and your address on it. I’ll slip a print in it and drop it off at the post office. The envelope should also be large enough to fit a 5 x 7 print in it. If you want to be clever you could address the envelope to a friend and when they get an origami crane print in the mail they’ll scratch their heads wondering how it came to be.

Method Two

From PayPal you can send $0.60 to This method is a little less fun in that I don’t get to see envelopes from around the world arriving in my mailbox, but technically cheaper for most people as you don’t have to pay for postage both ways. The sixty-cents covers the 49 cent stamp for 1oz domestic postage and the remaining 11 cents goes to envelopes.

PayPal Note: PayPal takes $0.30 + 2.9% of every transaction that is not a gift. If you do not use the gift option, please send $0.93 so that I can net enough to buy postage. Opting out of the gift option allows you to refute the charge later if you should decide I’m a liar and a cheat. 

Disclaimer: I think I can get the envelopes for about 8 cents a piece, so I hope you’ll forgive me for rounding up three whole cents to an even number]


Method Three

E-mail your address to with the subject “Crane Giveaway.” I’ll put your name in queue for a list of people to get a free print as I can afford to buy postage for others. This won’t guarantee you a print, but if you’re leery that this is a scam or you just can’t afford a SASE and can’t do PayPal I’ll see what I can do.

And that’s about it! I’m a little nervous and excited about this. Crossing my fingers that all goes well. If it does maybe I’ll give away another 1000 prints in 2017!


Answers to Anticipated Questions

Can I have more than one?
Respectfully I would like to limit it to one person per household.

Absolutely! It has taken much longer to give these cranes away as once expected. Don’t be greedy. If you don’t have homes for them, why take them? But I’ve give 10, 20, 30, or more away at a time. Just let me know ahead of time and I’ll make sure I have enough ready to go.

Won’t the print be damaged if it’s sent in a regular envelope?
The possibility exists, but most greeting cards are sent in regular 6 x 9 envelopes without much issue. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If you want to send a photo mailer or other rigid mailer, that’s fine as long as you put enough postage on it to get back to you as it will be heavier.

Can I request a certain number of the Crane Giveaway edition?
Sorry, no. The prints will be issued in the order the requests are received. A handful will also go to friends and family.

Can I request a print be sent to someone else?
Yes! A few people have done this already. So long as they are going to different people and you have their mailing address. However, if you are a stalker or have a restraining order, I’d appreciate not being an accomplice to a crime however good your intentions are. If you request one for yourself and a friend (or friends) at the same time, there is a good chance you’ll get consecutive numbers of prints.

Can I request further customization of the print?
You can. I can’t promise I will be able to grant all requests. Sometimes I will write comments on the back just for fun like if you live in a town with a funny sounding name or something.

How do I know if there are prints still available?
I’ll keep this page updated with how many have been sent out and what’s left and make similar updates on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re sending me a SASE you can e-mail ahead of time to ask how quickly requests are coming in. If I get some SASE’s after the last crane has flown the coop, I will substitute something equally awesome. Any PayPal payments made after that point will simply be refunded.

Can I participate in the Crane Giveaway if I live outside the United States?
Absolutely! If you’re going to send a SASE, you’ll have to use an International Reply Coupon in the amount of US $1.20. Similarly, if you’re sending payment by PayPal, you’ll have to send $1.30 for International First Class 1oz mailing and envelope.