Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Mail Art & a Tape Journal

This is the front and back of an art postcard also known as mail art. I did the backgrounds in Kelly's class this past weekend. She taught us lots of different painting techniques and we ended up with lots of large pages full of color. Afterwards we tore the large pages down into postcard sized sheets. I left some of my sheets large in case I want to do something in a bigger format. Then tonight I added collage and words. I'm off to mail it tomorrow to a dear friend who needs some reminding of how awesome she is. It was really fun to make and since I have all these great backgrounds from the class, it was quick as well. This is the journal that I made in the class on Sunday. We learned even more painting techniques to make lots of 12"x18" sheets. I liked working in such a large size - it loosened me up. Once we had 6 beautifully painted sheets, we added some plain white ones and stitched them together using a pamphlet stitch that Kelly taught us. Then we used tape to reinforce the front and back covers including decorative tape. The strip along the right side is camouflage tape that hunters use. My dad would like it. The top and bottom is small skeleton tape and the spine is tribal/tatoo tape. Now I plan to cover the rest of the white pages with art papers to create more backgrounds to collage onto. Although painting in the large format was exciting, I'm a bit timid about adding the collage since I am used to working in a smaller format. But it will be a good challenge.

18 comments:

Orhan Kahn said...

Such beautiful works of art.

shimmer & shadow said...

why thank you very much.

Kelly Kilmer said...

COOL Cool beans!! LOVE it!!

shimmer & shadow said...

Thanks Kelly, all of it was totally inspired by your amazing teaching!

Catherine said...

I love the postcards and the final book product too. Hey, both our books are blue. I think we were on the same wavelength that day.

Thanks for the comment today. I'm trying to stay calm.

love,
Catherine

shimmer & shadow said...

aww... thanks and you are very welcome!

I can just hear the squeals of delight.

xoxo

michelle ward said...

dori, thanks for shoaring your mail art (and journal work) with the team. you'll certainly be spreading some love for your home to your friends home with this colorful envie!

Penny said...

Very cool envy! Love all the images, makes for a different show each time I look at it....meaning I see something new each time! Love it!

shimmer & shadow said...

I'm so glad you like it. I tend to like a lot of imagery in my collage.

Nicole said...

Looks great, love those backgrounds ;-)

shimmer & shadow said...

Thanks so much for the sweet comment. As I said in the post, those backgrounds were taught to me by the fabulous Kelly Kilmer.

DymphieM said...

Wonderful postcard. Love the awesome colours.

shimmer & shadow said...

Thanx, I'm happy that you like it.

Joy Logan said...

I prefer potato to rice! Nice site though. Counting my non-carbs!

eb said...

love this - love your blog -

xox - eb.

shimmer & shadow said...

thanks for your kind words.

Pilar said...

You did an awesome job on the background of these envies. Isn't Kelly great? I like the fact you add those little blessings to your mail art. What a delightful surprise to both mail carriers and the folks, who receive them!:D

shimmer & shadow said...

I never thought of them as blessings! I really like thinking of them that way. Thanks.