iHanna’s DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013

Cards for iHanna's DIY postcard swap spring 2013
Acrylic and pencil on paper/cardboard

I have made myself discreet for the past months, but I am still here! The beginning of the year was a bit rough and I needed a pause. Now what better than a swap to get back in the saddle!

Thanks to iHanna who takes the time to organize these at least twice a year. This is my third participation (first here and second here).

This time I used the back of old paper pads and glued on cold pressed paper. Cheerful colors, black shaped animals and plants were featured in this series.

Steps in making the postcards

Steps in making the postcards

November’s Wallpaper

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This fish was part of a series for iHanna’s DIY postcard swap 2011.

At that time, I borrowed a book on sumi-e at the library and it was so inspiring! …And much more difficult than it seems. It’s not easy to restrain yourself to what’s essential.

“The aim of sumi-e is to create a simplified painting, traditionally motifs from nature, with elementary brush strokes to capture the basic perception. Painting is a form of meditation, which brings the artist inner gratification, release and feeling of harmony. If the finished painting brings positive feelings also to an audience, then meaning of creation is fulfilled.” Excerpt from http://sumi-e.cz/.

I was too focused on the technique to fully enjoy the benefits of sumi-e, but I can easily imagine the sensation of calm you might feel if you practice this art on a regular basis.

Have you ever tried it?

Zhu Da here and here, Fabienne Verdier

This ain’t no April Fools’ wallpaper


Is it appropriate to use a fish so close to April Fools’ Day??

This is a detail from one of the postcards created for the iHanna’s swap 2011.

You can download the wallpaper here. Hoax free, I promise!
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Time flew by this month. It’s almost April and spring is here even if it does not feel like it. Snow and hail have been falling for the past two days so imagination is required to envision the leaves and flowers that should soon be here. Our monochromatic world is about to change!

On my to-do list for the next weeks: start the seeds for this year’s vegetable garden, prepare the fiesta for our birthday party in two weeks (my boyfriend and I were born five days apart) and try to regain my focus! I haven’t had much lately so I kept it all for work.

On my creative list: I would like to combine inkblots with fine lines and/or with delicate and colourful shapes. I don’t have a particular image in mind but it would be nice to break the bold presence of an inkblot with something contrasting.

Happy Friday!

My big scared monster and how inkblots saved his life

ours- La Datcha

Ink on paper

The kind of monster that hides under the bed.

It looks like me when I started drawing again: paralyzed, hit by the white page syndrome. My hands – and mostly my head – did not remember how to proceed. I was wondering how to get out of that impasse when I remembered the inkblot technique. It is used in psychoanalysis but it can also give you a hand in terms of creativity!

My adapted method (or absence of it!) is simple: you wet the paper, drop big or small amounts of ink and see what happens.

I sometimes find a beast hiding somewhere: bird, bear, fish… If not, I just play around with the shape, add texture and try to give it depth by adding or subtracting ink (wet the paper in some areas and dab gently with an absorbent paper). Working white on black is also permitted!

I’ve been “inking” this way for a few months. I can now control a little part of what happens by using more or less water on the paper or by directing the brush a certain way when I drop the ink, but my subconscious still do most of the work. And that’s fine that way. For now.

La Datcha inkblots
Ink and acrylic on paper

I will leave you with a few pictures from around where I live (the forest at the back and the small lake in front of our house).

Have a good weekend!



My Moo cards have arrived

La Datcha minicards

Business cards
Datcha Web business cards

Greeting cards
La Datcha greeting cards

I just received my Moo cards (business cards, greeting cards, minicards and stickers)…
I’m happy with the results even though some of the models came out a bit too dark, but that’s probably because of my laptop screen.

Some of the cards had cut lines. I wrote Moo about this and received their answer a couple of hours later. They are sending me my order again, without any charge. I wish I had that kind of after-sales service with my domain name provider, they drive me crazy each time I try to renew my domain name! I was finally able to transfer my domain name, it should be ok from now on!

An intriguing straw vortex: Shea Hembrey, Whirl

Postcards for the DIY swap

Cartes, série noire
Cartes couleur
Watercolor, acrylic, japanese paper and metallic pen on paper

These are some of the postcards created for the 2011 DIY Postcard Swap, organized by iHanna.

This art exchange was a first experience and it really motivated me to experiment and to create a lot during a brief period of time. It was also an occasion to make new contacts and discover beautiful drawings and collages from other participants.

Ink blots (I’ll come back to that later on) and Chinese painting were the inspiration for the 10 postcards I had to deliver at the beginning of April.

The recipients were in USA, Netherlands, Portugal, Mexico, Canada, Lithuania, Sweden and Germany.

You can see them all and at a bigger size on Flickr.