Mail art postcard surprise for someone who wants to feel confident during this year 2012. Yes, the photograph color is a bit off, darker than intended, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time adjusting the tones on the computer.
I started this out with a thick layer of white gesso, spread with a knife for texture. Added a layer of mauve acrylic (accidental color mix) and then turquoise acrylic ink. I let the ink dry overnight, but when I used a baby wipe the next day, most of the ink wiped away. I’ll have to investigate how this compares to regular acrylic. I added collage images (a map with a gel medium transfer of a camera, and some French text). Next I sprayed alcohol ink (my own mix) through punchinella and added the inked circles over the stenciled bits with triplus fineliner in blue. I used white gesso and a stencil for the fleur de lis images across the top and bottom, and stained them with distress inks. Then I dug up some more collage images – vintage french text, an old diner picture, and the picture of a confident skunk from a vintage daily record sheet , a couple war ration ticket stickers, and a strip from one of my old voter registration cards. I added some glimmer mist dribbles, some rub-ons near the edges, and some doodling with a pitt pen. Final touches included an old stamp and a spiral paperclip. (I’m taking bets on whether the paperclip will make it through the mail or not.) It’s kind of cluttered but I like the way it turned out.