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Day 6 – 31 Postcards in 31 Days

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Postcard 5. Not a big leap, since I have a thing for Grass and Stars after all.

Day 5 – 31 Postcards in 31 Days

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Day 5, a little different. Instead of space we have grass.

I’m going for a 3rd attempt at the silk screen this weekend. Doing prints should be much quicker for next week.

Have a good weekend!

Day 4 – 31 Postcards in 31 Days

Rather than waiting until the evening when I'm exhausted I did some painting this morning before work. It was great.

This morning I woke up at 5 am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. Instead I got up and actually started painting my mailart postcard for the day. It was such a nice start to the day. I was in such a good mood in the morning. I’d love to say that I should begin each morning this way, but I also know I’m one to love to sleep in. I know the moment I’d make such a commitment I would not be able to climb out of bed until 7:30 to be at work by 8. In an ideal world…

The top picture was an iphone macro lens shot of the painting this morning. Bright and cheerful.
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This is the finished piece. Day 4 of 31 Postcards in 31 days.

For over 200 more pieces of mailart I’ve created, see my flickr photo set here.

Day 1 of 31 Postcards in 31 Days

Day 1 of 31 Postcards in 31 Days
You may notice that this is not a screen print of my lily of the valley pattern.

The print was not a success. I am kicking myself for how much time I spent drawing that pattern on the silk (probably another hour or two after I took that picture yesterday). Then when I went to apply the screen filler I did this stupid thing that I have done more times than I’d like to admit. I think to myself, why draw up the fluid with a straight edge? Why not just apply it with a brush? It isn’t until I’m halfway through that I remember why. The drawing fluid is water soluble, so if the filler isn’t drawn thin and quick it causes the drawing fluid to start dissolving right into the filler and then you don’t get clear straight lines to wash out. Also, when you use a brush, the filler globs right through the screen, leaving thick areas even if you were able to do it quick enough. Lesson learned…. until next time.

So, in the meantime, I just painted this mailart postcard and I will try again tomorrow.

Count this as day 1 of 31 postcards in 31 Days.

New Circle Series Pieces

I’m still chipping away at all the items that I have that need to be listed. I’ve just added 3 new Circle Series pieces to my Etsy shop.

This piece was fun. The flowers are all pictures that I collected under public domain as part of larger floral pieces, printed out and handcut individually. I had this idea for a long time. I was wanting to create a circle of layers from flower images like a bouquet or flower garden.

The colorful ring in this piece above was inspired by my watercolor test sheets and palettes. I also really liked the pencil layer. I recommend visiting the listing and looking at the rest of the pictures, especially the thumbnail.

This piece was inspired by vintage maps and includes actual vintage map pieces. The creme color is like the antique paper that used to be white.

Mailart 365 Postcards 104 through 110

 Another Mailart 365 update.

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It’s Friday and that means Mailart

I’m still going strong on my mailart365 project. I also signed up for iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap, so some of these cards are dueling that project.

3.25 postcard 23
This is postcard #23 and the list on the back is nicknames I’ve had.

3.25 postcard 20 & 21
The above postcards were made using the handcarved stamp from the previous post. I made another for the background. These are postcards #20 and #21. Backs read Dream Professions and Things I would change about myself

3.25 postcard 22
Postcard #22, 10 Memories from the past 12 months.

3.25 postcard 24
#24, Things I always carry with me

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#26, 10 responsibilities I have

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# 25, Past Jobs I’ve had

Day 27 – Watercolor Postcard

Another postcard inspired by Water, Paper and Paint book by Heather Smith Jones. This piece was inspired by project no. 5.

Day 4 – Drawing THIS LOVE

Day 4 - Drawing THIS LOVE

Day 4 Thing-a-Day – I finished my contributing piece for the “Drawing THIS LOVE” project. I found out about this opportunity through Artist Catherine Campbell’s blog post here. Her friends are making a music video and they are releasing each frame as a drawing for someone to color in and send back. Once all the pieces are complete they will put them all together to release the video. AND GUESS WHAT! You can participate too. Just go to their website http://www.drawingthislove.com/ and sign up. The only rules are that you have the make the background blue and it can’t be altered or colored in on the computer. The website has the video to watch, so you can see the animation and hear the song. They’ve also started adding some of the frames into the video and if you are quick enough with the pause button you can see some still frames. It’s very cool.

I hope my piece is acceptable because it seems that most pieces have all been colored with colored pencil, and my background is collaged. I didn’t see anywhere that it indicated you had to use coloring pencil, just that you can’t color it in on the computer. I used old maps and painted them blue, then I tore the maps up into little pieces and glued them back down all jumbled up. Some of them were kind of green, even after painting them blue because the map page was originally yellow, so after everything was glued down, I went back over it with blue pastels. For the face I used watercolors and just kept it very loose.

edit: I just did another. Forgot to mention that you can keep coming back and getting a new frame, once you upload the previous one. The number I just got today was frame 596 and there are over 2000 frames total, so there are plenty of opportunities to participate left.
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For this piece I colored the background in blue boxes in crayons, and then went over it in a dark blue. The head was done in dry pastel and colored pencils. I enjoy doing the background better because I have a hard time on the face trying to figure out what is what. Is this still part of his nose? Is his mouth open? Are those teeth or his top lip? Etc.

water paper paint

For a Christmas present to myself I bought a copy of Heather Smith Jones book Water Paper Paint. I’m sure I’ve raved here before about Heather’s artwork, so I was thrilled last year when I found out she was releasing a book. I swooned when the book arrived, because the cover paper has a watercolor-paper-like texture to it. A truly perfect book for this artsy girl who also works for a printing company and loves everything book, paper and ink related.

1.1.11 circles

The book is filled with projects and so I’ve been making myself go through it in order and not skip around. I took Watercolor in college and still use the paints all the time. One of the things I love about Heather’s work is that she uses it like I like to use it – in mixed media. I’m sure almost all of my mailart postcards have watercolor in them, my circle series pieces, etc. I’m having lots of fun so far and really enjoying the book.

1.1.11 squares

Since the projects are like little practices for experimenting with watercolors, I had a great idea to do mine on small postcard pieces of paper and mail them out to friends.

Watercolor tip: Heather suggests taping your paper down and I’ve seen a lot of people do this perfectly fine. But, if you want to soak your paper and stretch it, I suggest the following. When I was college our instructor had us buy Homosote board (which you can find at some hardware stores), soak your paper, then staple it right into the board. The staples and paper release from the board easy and you don’t have to worry about wet paper staying taped down. You can use a hair dryer to dry the paper or wait overnight and the paper dries taught.