As I sat at my desk today I spotted a picture of a collage of mine I had taken. I liked the background so I cut a section to fit the postcard. Included in the section was the face of a young boy. I took a piece of tracing paper on which I had made a rubbing of some of my daughters old velvet art. I placed that over the first layer so that it looks as though you are looking through a screen. While the effect would be better if the card were horizontal, I’m sticking with my vertical format.
This postcard went in a different direction than I had planned. I placed white paper over the postcard and spotted some tulle on my desk. I glued that down and then added layers of sheer rice paper over it. I then added the webbed wax paper and the few red accents. It still wasn’t complete so after giving it some time to dry I did some printing on the light areas and added some black paint. The black scrap with the letters was the last piece I added just before taking the picture. It has wonderful texture, though I’m not sure that comes through on the photo.
On this card I started with a piece from an old watercolor I did. I took some tracing paper and drew circles and lines on it and glued it over the watercolor. I then painted portions of the tracing paper. I took a picture at that point. I then applied a coat of gloss medium to make it shiny. I like the effect of the stong graphic design over the softer watercolor. I think it would have been stronger, perhaps, if I’d chosen different colors for the top painting. I’ve included both the glossy and non-glossy photo’s so you can see both effects.
I experimented today with a concept I am thinking of using for a larger piece. I took a black and white photo of a face, glued it down and sanded it. I applied white gesso over the top and rubbed some of it off so the image was still visible but shadowy. I wrapped the postcard with darning thread across the image. I finished by lightly painting in some of the spaces with black paint. Though not developed fully, I like the concept and am looking forward to working this technique on a larger scale.