First peak a the postcards for the DIY swap

First peak at the postcards for the DIY swap

I started to work on the postcards for the swap during the weekend; therefore, they’re a little bit Halloween inspired! This time, it’s acrylic and collage on paper pages from an old book. I like the way they add texture and rhythm to the cards.

Paper leaves

The first thing I did was to paint and cut these paper leaves, but they did not fit on the test card. My idea did not come out as planned and I had to start over twice, with an end result that was completely different from what I had in mind.

Green bird

Red bird

I also had fun with the leaves I collected a few weeks back.

Elsa Mora just launched a brand new blog about papercutting, and it’s already filled with lots of beautiful artworks!

iHanna’s Postcard Swap, autumn 2013

I just signed up for the new DIY postcard swap organized by iHanna; it will be my fourth participation! See the results of the first three here.

I love these swaps, they make me want to try new avenues.

Don’t hesitate to join in the swap, it’s really fun to create the 10 cards (series or not) and to receive an equal amount of surprises in the mail! Have a look at the Postcard Flickr Pool, most of the participants posted their work over there.

I hope to receive one of your creation by mail in November!

Sutton, Mountain Street

Donkey on Alderbrooke

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

Postcard Swap: done!

For iHanna's postcard swap

For iHanna's postcard swap

For iHanna's postcard swap

Here are my five cards for the postcard swap organized par iHanna.

Creating these was a lot of fun. I really let loose and tried new things, thanks to Carla Sonheim’s book! The techniques in Imaginary animals were very inspiring. I also had a good laugh when it was time to glue on the faces, which are slightly too big for the bodies! I wanted something a bit quirky to balance all that femininity. I am not very good at working with themes, which was Empowerment for this swap. The closest I could get was to draw women, and try to introduce a bit of exuberance, fun and boldness. The finishing touches were quotes are the back of the cards. They’re about light, dreams and the changes we want to see.

I hope they will survive their trip to the USA and United Kingdom!

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Working on the Postcard Swap

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Acrylic, collage and micron pen on marouflaged paper

I have been working on the postcard swap this weekend. It’s not done yet, but I am quite happy with the results so far. I still have a week to complete these five cards!

I glued Chinese praying papers and old wrapping papers to a thick cardboard. This gave me a nice texture to start with.

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And as you can see, the cats have no respect for my working space. :-)

I left for five minutes and when I came back, Belu was sleeping on my cards. Lucky I had not begun painting on them!

Postcards for the DIY swap

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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.