My Post Cards

I finished two post cards today and started two more.  I think I have about four to send out right now.  I really am enjoying making these small pieces of art. I am painting with acrylics on phone book pages.  After painting on the pages, I tear them up and collage the pieces on a base.  I like to use  phone book paper because it is really thin and glues down nicely. For the base, I use cereal and tea boxes, or heavy watercolor paper.   I use Golden’s regular gel medium as a glue.  When I finish a card, I use Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish all over the piece.  I read on someone’s blog a while back that this product is the only one you need.  I can’t find the artist’s blog again who wrote that.  I haven’t used it as a glue or glaze because I have a lot of gel mediums to use up…thought I’d pass that along.  If it works like that, it would save money. However,  if you don’t like a glossy finish, then  you probably wouldn’t like it.  Here are two of my finished cards:

11 thoughts on “My Post Cards

  1. Gail P March 4, 2010 / 8:55 pm

    I am impressed with your talent. I have art in my head, but have putting the colors and thoughts down on paper. Some day I plan on taking art lessons and work with oils.


    • Mary March 4, 2010 / 9:18 pm

      You should do that…go for it!!!


  2. Gail P March 4, 2010 / 8:56 pm

    I guess you noticed I left a work out “trouble”. ……trouble typing too !!!!


  3. Kitty March 5, 2010 / 9:17 am

    I love Liquitex gloss gel medium and I use it for everything, including gluing up. I didn’t know gel mediums like this before I tried Liquitex and I found that it works better that any kind of glue and it doesn’t wrink the paper and it contributes to the sturdiness of your collages.


    • Mary March 5, 2010 / 10:34 am

      I’ll have to try it as a glue then…thanks Kitty!


  4. scrowlscrowl March 5, 2010 / 4:27 pm

    wow! I love the second postcard here, so colorful!! Wish I was the one to be receiving that one 😛
    I’ve received 9 postcards from the swap already, loving every single one of them.

    Thanks for joining my draw!!


  5. allmimsey March 5, 2010 / 8:03 pm

    These are beautiful! I like using the varnish and medium, but sometimes need the matt so things don’t get sticky…maybe that’s just an Northeast issue, don’t know. 🙂


  6. Janet March 7, 2010 / 11:19 am

    Both os these postcards are so happy and colorful….love them!!


  7. Laura K March 9, 2010 / 1:36 pm

    Love your technique for your postcards! What a way to be a green artist! Phone books are always taking up space around the house! I do a lot of work on recycled surfaces as well. You asked on my blog if I was using a book to journal in, Yes a book. This one is on Medieval Art-lots of text & some pics.


  8. Gailpruitt March 28, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    My favorite is the black with blue….


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