On My Desk: Rich Layers

It has become painfully apparent to me, in recent months, how far behind I have fallen in my mail art correspondence. My list of folks to whom I owe mail is growing daily and I found myself stressing as to how I might catch up.

Working in series is not a new concept for me. Rather, I have done so almost from the beginning. Most times my series are limited to twelve pieces or fewer at a go.

It occurred to me that were I to create one large background piece, I could cut it into multiple postcard sized pieces. From there, I could either embellish further, or post in the raw.

The place to start? My local art supply dealer. I found this twelve sheet Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18″ x 24″) for half price! Gotta love that! Some quick math brought me to the conclusion that I’d get eighteen pieces per sheet. The pad would then yield 216 postcards! I was sold!

Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18" x 24")

Back in the studio, I used a common background layering technique. I began by laying in color with with acrylic paint in my chosen palette. Layering stencils over the color, using a spray ink came next, followed by bubble wrap and square punchinella applied with acrylic paint and a stencil brush. I used a large background texture stamp and black Staz-on ink overall and then added a large numeral stamp using red Staz-on ink here and there. Using a cylinder dipped in black acrylic, I stamped out a pattern diagonally across the sheet. Finally, I stamped a rich turquoise acrylic paint using a foam stamp of circles in the center area of every four black cylinder markings.

Whole sheet, rich layers

The above photo shows the final product. Below is a close-up cross section of the sheet prior to cutting.

Close-up rich layers

This view gives a better glimpse of the rubber stamping.

Once the sheet was completely dry, I carefully cut it into the eighteen postcards pictured below.

Sheet (18" x 24") cut into 18 postcards (4" x 6")

Here’s a close-up shot of the postcards, showing the rich detail of the layers.

18 Postcards Detail III

I’m not quite sure where I am headed with these. I’ll sleep on it and see what the ‘morrow brings….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Trash Po Mail Art Fit for a Scrapbook?

At first glance, these two pieces might look like pages from a scrapbook.

The first one uses a comical sticker passed out at a home show a few years back. I ask you… what else was I to do with it?

Inspired by the colors of the sticker, I searched my stash for bits that would keep the palette crisp.

Don’t Drown! It will Spoil Your Day! Choose Joy!

Don't Drown! I

Freddie the fish clearly wants to save us from the fate of drowning! You’re right, Freddie, it would spoil our day! 🙂 We should all heed his warning! 🙂

This next piece began with a torn remnant fabric tag from Hobby Lobby. The royal blue and orange just made me HAPPY! 🙂 (Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!) 🙂

What is it with me and ORANGE these days?

The colors gave me, not only the palette, but the title as well; Royal Orange Dream.

Royal Orange Dream I

A reversed Field and Stream clothing tag and long saved tickets joined with bits of tape, stickers, a painted brad, an odd bit of trim and a lone button to carry on the palette. Lots of ink gave a colorful base on which to stitch the bits.

Trash Po mail art fit for a scrapbook??? Hmmm….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!