…what you do is glue them all on a postcard-sized background, quick, fast as you can, and then sweep some turquoise ink over it all,and some black splots, and for good measure print on it with bubble wrap. Voila! you have a postcard.
Here is a mail art postcard made in 3/21. To create it, I covered the background in random colors and patterns. I then used India ink and a bamboo brush to wash around the figures and the little checkered floor they are standing on. Quick and easy.
I find when I do this process the figures take on a life of their own. These two may be having an argument, and I think the one on the left is no longer listening to the one on the right. In fact, she is walking away. Maybe to think happier thoughts?
Both of these postcards, made in September 2020, have acrylic paint scraped across them to create textures or visual interest. What I do is take a plastic scraper (the kind you would buy to use in spackling – they often come in sets of three, in different sizes), put a blob of paint on the art, and scrape across the image.
In this way a layer of paint is laid down. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. I often use a knitting needle or the end of my paintbrush to scribble lines in it.
You can also use the technique as a printing method. Scrape out the paint, scratch or scribble or whatever in it, and then press it to another artwork. The design will be transferred.
As another idea, a scraped-paint background can be made very quickly and then you can draw, collage, or paint on top of it.
When you fix up your house, you have an infinity of decor schemes you can choose. Your imagination is the limit. But if you want a couple of suggestions, take a look at these mail art postcards from September, 2020.
You may remember a recent post featuring the blue bunny ATC? Here are some postcards using the same technique. I put some random colors and shapes in acrylics, applied pretty thickly, and then I took the brayer to it.