Stage 1 of front: I sewed the little orange ribbon on, the little butterfly cut-out, and then drew the rest with the addresses and stamp. Still seemed ho-hum …
For the flip side I cut out tulips from a rectangle piece of paper and then tore around it. I sewed the tulip silhouettes, ribbons, and the cardboard cut-out onto the back. After stitching it onto the backside of another sheet cardboard, I scribbled into some of the border with the blue ink pen and added a request to Spring … still not pleased.
Thinking a few raindrops might help, I added those, but still not enough …
… I decided to darker the one set of scribbles in the border and add a second set. The looseness of the line gives a “stitched” look to it. Back to the front …
… more color was added with marker and some Prismacolor to help give it a little more brightness.
Last night after dinner, I sat in a chair to watch Neil Young’s Journey. As the movie began, I found I just couldn’t sit there without doing something. So I ran to my office and grabbed an envelope, to the dining room table where I left my stamps, then into my drawing room for my Bic markers.
I placed a stamp on the envelope, added the addresses and began the black outlines, using the graphics in the stamp as a reference. Once the black lines were in place, I added the bright Bic marker color, but found frustration with the flat colors. One more leap up from my chair and I retrieved my Prismacolor pencils! The color pencil overlay allowed me to add wonderful detail, depth of color, and depth in design.
I turned the envelope over and stared at a plain white blank side. I began the process over beginning with the black lines, adding color with marker and adding more color with color pencil.
Many of the stamps I currently am using are from the U.S. Postal Service Modern Art in America, 1913-1931 Forever Stamps. You can read more about them at: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2013/pr13_033.htm
Ever have one of those ideas that seem wonderful, but the execution of it becomes more time consuming than you thought? Welcome to Mail Art entry 8?
Using a clear envelope, I thought it would be great to put some glitter paint into it. Good idea – until I realized how long it was going to take for it to dry. After approximately 7 days and numerous attempts at blow drying the inside of it, the paint dried! I added two pieces of paper to the inside with the words Peace and Joy on each. As an added interest, I cut up pieces of white paper and added those. At last I placed on the mailing labels, and cut up other mailing labels stuck onto the outside to create a design. May your endeavors move along much quicker than that one!
While unpacking after shopping, I found several paper bags! The other night I sat down with one and a black pen and simply began to draw. Before I knew it, a little sign stating, “What’s for lunch?” was up on the brick wall. For me, small paper bags always meant lunchtime. After completing the front, I began to concentrate on the back. Oh, what to do?
Do I draw peanut butter and jelly, no. Draw a lunch that would be in this paper bag? No. Draw an order for a lunch? Fantastic!
Watercolor fit the art mood for today. If you haven’t sent in your Mail Art entry(ies) to Two Hands Paperie, create something and mail it in! Information about this show can be found under their March 8 entry at: http://www.twohandspaperie.com/blog/
I had to alter this entry just a little bit from the photo by trimming about 3/16″ off the bottom and adding an additional 20 cents of postage. : )