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Mixed Media Motivational Cards

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Back before my oldest started college I created a set of cards with motivational messages with the intention to send her at least one a month while she was away. At the time I had planned on blogging about them… but that was over four years ago and I can’t find the original pictures now. What I do have are some pictures of the completed/sent motivational cards and a brief how-to:

motivational cards by tamdoll - It always seems impossible until it's done. - Nelson Mandela motivational cards by tamdoll - Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss motivational cards by tamdoll - Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. motivational cards by tamdoll - Train your mind to see the good in Everything motivational cards by tamdoll back view of scrapbook papers

How-to:

  1. I started by gluing scrapbook papers to the backs of discarded playing cards. I just spread glue all over large 12 x 12 pages and adhered the cards to them side-by-side. When the glue dried, I cut out each individual card.
  2. Next, I painted, collaged and stenciled each one. In hindsight, I could have done this before cutting them all out.
  3. I knew I wanted to them to hang on a key ring, so I punched holes in the corner of each with my spring-loaded hole punch. It wasn’t easy punching through all the layers of paper, paint and glue – I even tried using a drill on a few of them.
  4. Lastly, I gathered quotes and phrases to print and glue on, or write out. Embellishing with rub-ons and markers and gel pens was the final step. The first package was sent with a colorful binder ring (those things are great to store rubber bands, hair elastics, etc..).

I didn’t end up sending them as often as planned, but did include a best friend, and then my youngest when she started college. When I’d visit I’d see them posted on bulletin boards, or clipped at their bedside, so I know they were appreciated!

From creating, to shipping each envelope, this was a fun project I would definitely do again.

Curious about the hearts in the photos? – Those were made back in 2011, and I have a brief how-to at tamdoll.blogspot.com.

Motivational cards? Postal mail art? What will you create to send to someone special?

Make It Your Own – Wall Art Do Over

I had some pictures on my kitchen wall that I didn’t care for anymore, and frankly, they’d been there way too long.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll Before Pic

I took matters into my own hands and painted, collaged, and layered them until I got something new.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll After Pic

I’m much happier now, and my kitchen is a lot more colorful. Maybe they’ll stay this way, maybe they won’t. My kids have already mentioned that the peaches look like butts, so I may have to re-work those.

Why not take something purchased and make it your own? I wasn’t really concerned that these would be ruined, they weren’t precious to me, and I knew if I failed at this remix, I’d find something new or put up a shelf for plants. I was so sick of them that the fear of failing didn’t stop me.

Would you call this a do-over, recycling, or upcycling?

Many of the steps in this mixed-media work were things I learned in online classes with Tamara Laporte. So, not only did I make the wall art “my own”, but I took things I learned and extrapolated to create something new.

Next project finished this week – a pair of slippers, reworked from a frogged pair of socks. Much improved and more useful. Here, too I didn’t exactly follow the rules.

make it your own 2017 february crochet slippers drops prima ballerina design

I tweaked the front of the foot to make it longer, stretchier, and skipped the last row of ruffles since my yarn was thicker than required. Original pattern by DROPS.

What will you make your own?

 

Postcard Swap

Who doesn’t love a colorful snail mail postcard?

Tamdoll's 10 Postcards for iHanna Postcard Swap Spring 2016

For the longest time I’ve followed iHanna’s Blog & always wanted to participate in one of her postcard swaps… so finally, this past month, I signed up at the last-minute, made 10 cards, and sent them out into the world.

Creating a Postcard

I started out by finger painting on top of a set of postcard-sized bike tour maps. I got mine at a yard sale, but you can find them on amazon.com*, too. A base like this creates an instant layer of depth when the lines of the trails and geography can show through layers of paint. I built up the background by adding translucent paint washes, collaged bits of poetry from an old book, and spray stenciling with one of my favorite Finnabair Stencils – Dots and Stripes*.

Next, wanting a focal image, I drew and then painted on my birds. They were definitely inspired by Tamara Laporte’s Quirky Birds – particularly the outline and “scrubbing” style of paint that she teaches, along with the small format of the project. This style of birds are something that I’ve been drawing for a while (and I actually have a small collection of decorative birds that look similar).

Some of the finger painting and paint wash techniques were things I learned from my recent art classes at ArtFest Rising. While I was making these I definitely met my goal of having fun while not being too serious. The good thing about waiting until the last-minute with these was that I couldn’t obsess over them for too long, or worry about making them all perfect.

postage stamp for postcards usps 2016Sending the Postcards Into the World

I thought it was serendipitous when I got to the post office to mail them & found the postage stamps for domestic mail were bird images.

Where Are They Now?

I hope everyone who receives one of my postcards enjoys them – I had fun, and am adding “make more bird pictures” to my to-do list.

I scanned them all in (or so I thought), to have a memory of these… but it turns out that I only scanned 7 out of the 10, and I didn’t realize until they’d already been sent on their way. I decided to make them available at Society6, where anyone can order these images as prints, cards, or iPhone cases.

Have you ever done a mail art swap? If so, what did you think of the experience?

 

 

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