This feels like a real ‘moment’ for me, posting a ‘postcard’ tutorial. It was a bit difficult making sure I got all the steps photographed as I went along as I easily get carried away in the process and forget – so forgive me if I did miss some steps out – this is my first and my intention is to move towards doing video tutorials asap. But I did have lots of fun – I sometimes forget how important it is simply to play. I think doing postcard art gives me permission to fail, to make mistakes, but also to discover new techniques accidentally. And I can send postcards to people easily!
This first set are 5″x7″ and ungessoed.
First I selected some scraps of paper and split them into 5 piles of 4, then used thick gel medium to put them down. I used liquid gel medium for the tissue pieces.
At this point I lightly gessoed the postcards. leaving some patches exposed. Once dried, I used my finger to smear on some florescent pink acrylic.
Now a contrasting colour, light blue violet (Liquitex heavy body) I decided to print on the cards using a home-made foam plate.
Now I used Golden green gold and my finger again to add some highlights.
Again used a home-made foam plate to print some black lines on the postcards.
Rubbed in Golden Quin. Magenta with my fingers and splattered it with water – lifting it off with kitchen roll when the paint was dry. I like this effect.
Soz – a bit out of focus! Now to sit and do some detail using a Pilot permaball pen (my favourite black pen for working over acrylic) and a white Liquitex acrylic marker.
To finish postcards I added some more blue violet, scratched into it and some scribbled marks with the black pen.