Postcard Swap

Monday, May 16, 2016
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 (affiliate link), 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 2016 

Sending 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 (affiliate link).

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

4 comments:

  1. Jennifer Wentworth5/17/16, 6:31 PM

    Hi! I have been receiving your posts for years. I earned a BFA, but have always worked commercially, currently as the Director of Communications at a large MA nonprofit. I am trying to reconnect with my "FA" or Fine Arts. I am fascinated by all of the layering techniques you used to create your postcards. Thanks for sharing. You continue to inspire me!

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  2. Thanks for leaving a comment Jennifer! It's encouraging to know that I'm connecting with people through my site and by sharing some of my projects. In my "real job" I work with computers all day long, so it's refreshing to do some art in my spare time.

    I hope you share some of the art you work on in the future, would be great to see.

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  3. These turned out so cute...love the birds. And they sound like they were a lot of fun to make! The stamps are the perfect finishing touch.
    Adding them as prints is a great idea!

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  4. Thanks Edi! I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to do some more painting.

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