These are all mail art postcards made using the same figure. Let me think how I did these…
I cut out the figure from a paint card. I like the stiffness of the cardboard and yet it is not too thick.
Then I took some already-painted postcards and did my work. The first two are stencils with some details added.
The last card is the figure itself – I turned it over to the non-paint color side (you can see the black painting seeping around the edges from when I used it earlier) coloring it yellow and gluing it down.
These people are each one stenciled on to the surface of its individual postcard. I did different things to each background – covered it with random magazine pictures, with print, or left it plain. Then I took my cut-out figure and painted over it. When the figure was removed, the original background remained, and I drew around it in pen to make the figure clear.
The first three postcards have feature one figure each. The last one – all three together. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.
It’s possible to keep on doing this kind of thing all day, and none of the results will be the same, or even very similar.