Once again, ihanna is giving me a reason to make art. I love her for that! Her spring DIY Postcard Swap is in full swing and I am receiving mail art every day. That is a real treat. It is also a wonderful excuse to drop everything and make 10 postcards to send out in the mail.
I decided to create a series inspired by the California beach town that I call home.
Everyone who lives here is grateful everyday for the beauty, atmosphere and community we share.
I wanted to share it with some fellow artists that live far away.
[photo by Tess Gardner]
I started with a State Parks of California map,
and wrote all over it with a big Sharpie,
all the words and phrases I could think of
that describe our amazing life here.
It was a big map and there were a lot of words!
Over that, I brushed a coat of gesso
and then scraped on some blue hues of Golden Fluid Acrylics:
Cerulean Blue Deep, Teal, and Manganese Blue Hue,
the colors of the ocean and sky in Cardiff by the Sea.
I took this photo with my iphone today, no filter!
Then, I set to work making packing tape transfers using my Gelli Arts gel plate,
following this tutorial video. So much fun!
These I layered on top of the painted map pieces, added some hand drawn palms with black Copic marker and rubbed on the letters.
Thanks for visiting!