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So I mentioned before that I was participating in iHanna’s post card swap.  These went out last week and I’ll share them with you.  For some reason when I did the download from my camera, not all of them downloaded, so you might not get to see all 10 right away.

Here’s the whole stack ready to go:

This one was created using acrylics paints I received at an art demo:

This might be my favorite one because it was full of mistakes just like the quote on it.  I tried to do an image transfer using gel medium but the directions I read didn’t give the full story on how to achieve this, so you’ll see the image only transfered around the edges and in some places in the middle. 

This was the last postcard I made.  It used some japanese papers I found, along with some cutout fake stamps.

Three of the postcards have a similar background (blue/green watercolors).  I took phrases from some magazines I had and combined them.  Picture came out very shiny (probably standing under a light in the kitchen when I took it).

Here’s another with the watercolor background.  The writing that’s partially covered up by the strip of flowers is a poem by Margaret Atwood called “Variation On The Word Sleep”, one of my favorites.

And the third watercolor background postcard.  I decided to go vertical for this one.

This one was created using collage elements from issues of National Geographic, except for the music sheet.  For some reason I just really liked the image of the guy in the gear with the red background played against Macchu Pichu.

This was the second postcard I made and couldn’t resist zentangling at least one of them.

And this was the first postcard I made for the swap.  Did I mean the blue and yellow to be a shout-out to our host Hanna since she’s from Sweden?  Maybe.  Who knows what my subconscious was up to.  I just grabbed two sheets of paper and started cutting some strips.

So there you have it.  And it looks like I only missed a picture of one of the postcards.  I’ll have to get on at some point.  I purposely chose not to do the same sort of technique or style with every postcard.  As I’m new to sort of exploring art and finding my own style, I just went with whatever appealed to me in the moment.

This was so much to do and I’ve been receiving lovely postcards in the mail.  I can’t wait to stop by the blogs of all those people and tell them how much I enjoyed receiving their art in the mail.

I realize I’ve neglected this blog for a couple of weeks.  We didn’t have batteries in our camera and it took me about a week to remember that I could take pictures on my phone of what I was working on.  Though I don’t think the phone pictures come out as well.

Yesterday’s prompt was Paper Poems.  I used some watercolors to create the base of the design (I got REAL watercolors and am so in love with them).  Then I cut words out of a magazine to create the “poem”.  I used an old issue of Romantic Times Book Reviews and all the words/phrases come from ads for romance novels.

day 23

Today’s challenge was layered lines.  I used watercolor paints and tried to make mine as colorful as possible.  The text on the page takes about taking my son to a carousel today.

The challenge here was vertical journaling.  The background is done in watercolors.  The text is written on index cards that are attached to the page with a glue stick.  And ripped magazine pages were painted with watercolors and placed over the text on the cards.   Since I used my favorite color, blue, to color the page, I used text representing me – I used a baby name book and wrote down parts of the section about my name.



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  • Nichole: thank you so much for the card! I got the Margaret Atwood one....which i love because she was one of my favorite authors i read in college!
  • Kimber: Great postcards! Love the variety of styles!
  • Carlin: I am the recipient of the non-pictured card! Using all different techniques is a great idea. I don't know that I could have managed it. I love how all