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Postcards That Include a Lot of Leftovers

These mail art postcards were made back in March of 2016. My goodness, that seems like such a long time ago.

I used scraps of all kinds of things to make these. I see I have included painted book pages, cuttings from magazines, paint cards, and of course, lots of paint.

Why Listen to Me Talk? Just Look, Instead

Postcards. Done in acrylics on the ever-favorite junk mail ad cards with their wonderfully-paintable slick surfaces.

Questions, Anyone? About Painted Postcards

Several people have asked me questions about the painted postcards recently displayed. In the interest of spreading around this form of mail art, here go a few answers.

1. What’s the surface you’re painting on?

And the answer is, ad cards I receive in the mail. They look like these:

ad cards small

They have shiny, slick surfaces that are great to paint on. Occasionally the surface may be too shiny – you can sand it a little or throw out the card and try another. I have found that paint may chip off some of them as well (there is no tooth to this surface and to gesso it or the like destroys the ad card surface I so love). So, I let them dry thoroughly and then I coat them with acrylic medium, gloss or matte, doesn’t matter. This stops the chipping and gives a nice finish to them.

I don’t buy anything to make these cards. It’s all recycled. My friends help me out and leave their ad cards for me, usually in grocery bags set on my porch. You laugh, but it works. I turn out a lot of these.

You could use any surface you want or any paper you want, taking into consideration it needs to be sturdy enough to handle the mailing process.

2. What kind of paints?

I use acrylics and I load them on thickly with a brush. Sometimes I use a plastic spackle spreader or a plastic knife with serrated edges.

3. Procedure?

Usually I have a lot of these lined up and they begin as a place to put the extra paint from my brush that I’m using for some other project. I hate to waste paint. Later on I work on them one at a time until I’m happy with the result.

postcards in process small

4. Do you paint both sides?

Yes. Then I pick the one I like best for the “image” side and the other is for the address.

5. Will they hold up in the mail?

Yes. I send them all the time. I’ve mailed dozens, if not hundreds. More likely, hundreds, now that I think of it. You need to put extra postage on them, though – I put first class letter postage rather than postcard. Better safe than sorry.

6. Can I use some other paint or technique?

Sure, why not? I make collaged cards as well or ones that I’ve glued drawings to or whatever. Mix and match. I’m just talking about the painted ones here.

7.  Can you send me one?

Certainly. Email me your address at claudiamcgillart@gmail.com .

Painted Postcards Part 6

This twosome finishes up the latest group of painted postcards. Mark-making seems to be the common theme here.

My goodness. Over already? I’ll be making more soon, I think.

Painted Postcards Part 4

These have lines in them, but they are not finger-y.

Painted Postcards Part 3

I think these two look a bit finger-y.

Postcard Paintings Part 2

Here are two postcards depicting similar scenes as far as the elements – I know I’ve made others like these in the past. I must like the calming landscape image as it continues to reappear in my mind and out through my fingers to the paintbrushes.

Postcard Paintings Part 1

I did a lot of postcards painted in acrylics on ad cards (the kind that come in the mail, slick surfaced, filled with images and words and trying to sell something, anything, please buy it!

I don’t. Instead, I paint on them. Here’s a selection from about a month ago. More coming.

Circling Around

More paintings done on ad cards from my junk mail. I can’t stop making them. Thank you to the person who thought up ad cards and even better, sends them to me for free! I love their slick surfaces and how the underlying pictures and print influence how I paint.

Great way to calm your mind, making work like this.

I have a lot of postcards to show. This group here is the one full of circles.

Remember, if you’d like a postcard (not necessarily these, because I may have mailed some of these already, I don’t keep track…but one like them), send me your address (claudiamcgillart@gmail.com) and I’ll send you one. Why not? It’s fun to get mail.