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Postcard Swap

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). 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.

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?


  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!

  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.

  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!

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


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