I have a love for paint cards from the paint store or home improvement store. You may remember some other things I have done with them. Anyway, here are two artist trading cards from July, 2017, featuring that ever-useful accessory to the collage world…paint cards.
I often make several artworks at one time. This way of working keeps me from fussing too much with any one piece. That is something I find very easy to do. So I do it. You know what happens next – and it’s ugly.
Anyway, group sessions work well for me. You can often see a continuity of materials and mood in the pieces I work on together.
Here is an example. Three artist trading cards from June, 2017. Mixed media, acrylics, ink, and crayon.
You may remember my post on paintings I did for a friend – the subject being his family home.
These two postcards were done as little studies for that project; I mailed them to my friend before he saw the final paintings, in fact before I even did the paintings.
I like the technique I used here. I cut cast-off cardboard (the kind from cereal boxes, etc.) to postcard size; gessoed on the shiny side; painted colors using acrylics; drew the images in pen, using waterproof ink (not dip pens, just the usual drawing pens – I have a whole collection).
I like how they came out. As I said, I sent them through the mail and they got there in good shape. So this method is sturdy and the post office took care of them, too!
I took some sketches I’d made, here or there, and used them in making these mixed media postcards earlier this year.
Mail art postcard,
First I made the background of collaged magazine papers. Then I drew the bridge and other details with India ink. Last, the little red figure was set in place.
There, my part of the story ends, and you supply your own next chapter.
These mail art postcards were made with found papers and two drawings from my little sketchbook of the head of a woman with glasses. I don’t remember where I drew her, or when, and she never knew it happened. Anyway, this is how it all ended up. I’ve put her in two new situations.
The postcards were made in May, 2017, using India Ink on top of a collaged background.