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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 .

Museum Makes A Request and Claudia McGill Grants It

The Claudia McGill Museum of Things Claudia McGill Picks Up From the Street When She Is Just Going Along Being Claudia McGill and Doing Claudia McGill Things

has flexed its muscles, drawn itself up, gathered its courage, and asked for its own space.

Claudia McGill, founder, made a good case for the Museum to strike out on its own. “We’re so special that we need a special location just to continue our special mission which of course is very special. We wanted our own home. Just like any bird who wants a nest or any bee in a hive, the Museum wanted a HOME.”

The request was sensible and reasonable. The Board of Directors agreed. So the Museum will be carrying out its special mission at this location from now on: Claudia McGill Museum.

Previous posts have been gathered there already, said the Museum’s PR director, Claudia McGill.

“And you can click here for the very first post done from the new location!” she said excitedly.

For the time being, the Museum will announce new announcements as announcements occur, right here in this blog. For a while. Until things get caught up. For followers to follow. And for new visitors to stumble upon, and so venture into the exciting, glamorous, exotic – Museum…

Exciting New Museum Acquisition

The Claudia McGill Museum of Things Claudia McGill Picks Up From the Street When She Is Just Going Along Being Claudia McGill and Doing Claudia McGill Things

is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a major new piece: “Metal Moth”.

Front side. Or reverse side.

Front side. Or reverse side.

This stunning work was presented to the museum by its discoverer, Claudia McGill, last week. Its provenance is Jenkintown, PA, the parking lot of the Rydal Park retirement community. The piece was examined by an expert (Claudia McGill’s husband, Mr. Claudia McGill) and declared to be associated with the braking system of a large vehicle, such as a truck.

It’s hard to describe the excitement this piece has brought to the museum staff and visitors. “Wow!” exclaimed curator Claudia McGill at her first view of the piece. “People are really going to flip when they get a look at this! It’s heavy, it’s rusted, and you don’t see one of these every day. This piece has everything.”

As a note, the large size of the item has highlighted the museum’s space constraints. “It’s a dire situation,” admitted Claudia McGill, head of the board of trustees. “Something will have to be done right away. Never mind budget constraints and that kind of thing.”

Along those lines, expect an announcement soon, Claudia McGill, public relations, said. “The museum takes its mission seriously and we can’t let pieces of this quality just squeeze themselves together in a pile somewhere.”

Reverse side. Or front side.

Reverse side. Or front side.

For other museum news, check the category “Claudia McGill Museum”.