Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Swap Happy

Time again for another iHanna DIY Postcard Swap.  
I've just resigned myself to the fact that
if it's all the art I do twice a year,
it's the art I will blog about.

I could vow to blog more, make more art, etc., but right now, I'm going to
give myself credit for making art and sharing it...making it and just
sending it away, to others who are making art
and sending it away.

It all started with a binge of making foam stamps, in faith, 
knowing one day I would use them to make art.

(I was inspired by Traci Bautista's printmaking lesson on Strathmore's website
where they have free workshops.  Sign up for a student account!)

So I made a bunch of prints on watercolor paper that I had colored-up with 
goache...a long time ago...just playing with the goache...going nowhere...until...

...these goache-painted papers got printed up with my hand-made foam stamps!

Playing with these foam stamps is a messy business...pure joy!

Then, I decided the postcards I cut from these papers needed more art.
And the doodling began.  The papers were bright and inspired a swirly doodle...

But I was a bit impatient, I learned,
because the different paint surfaces (not thoroughly dry)
had a disturbing effect on my various black ink pens.
One by one, the Sharpies (brand new!) stopped working
on the different paint finishes.

I switched from pen to pen to finish all the postcards.
Fortunately, I had just hit a sale at Staples on Sharpies sets!
It was meant to be!

The last component, inspired by what I had made,
I started thinking about the word "psychedelic"
and decided to look up the definition.

I created my own "dictionary" entry and printed it out, knowing
I would do an adhesive transfer to get it onto each card.

Packing tape would not do...but I had these self-adhesive laminating sheets.
It's important to have your copies laser/heat printed...no inkjet prints will do!

I cut the adhesive transfers a little bigger than the cards
and wrapped the edges around, then glued on a postcard back.

Everything safe and secure for the journey to my swappers!

I hope you enjoy your cards, my friends!
Thank you for visiting!


  1. Love these Sarah, the cool stamps, the colors, the word definition - yum! Thanks for joining the swap this time too, and feel free to add your link to the link up on my blog as well.

  2. Thank you Hanna...for once again giving me the opportunity to make art (I can always count on you for that!), and for your kind words! XO

  3. These are fantastic - thanks for showing them off! So colorful, and I love the doodling you did too! Oh yeah, I think I also had a Sharpie-over-painted surface failure while making my postcards too.

    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet comment!

  4. These are truly awesome! I hope I might be on your list of addresses, because I would LOVE to see one of these in person. The backgrounds are gorgeous--I love the look you achieved with your foam stamps. And the transfer definition was just the right choice to let the vibrant colors show through!

    1. Thank you Andria! I don't think you were on my list :( But I have an extra if you want to send your address ;) Your compliments are very nice to receive!
      send to gardnerss@cox.net

  5. Lovely, delightful, bold, free, beautiful, truth, soulful, fun, dynamic, inspiring, flow, aligned, bright, heart-felt and Oh so gifted!....'nuff said(: XO

    1. Wow! Thanks, C! Such wonderful compliments!

  6. What great colors! I love the doodles as well. Very nice.

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely words!

  7. Groovy, man! I love how bright the colors are -- reminds me of a lava lamp.

  8. I got one of these postcards in the mail today. I already commented that I love the postcards, so I was really happy to find one in my mailbox. Thank you so much! (My 2 yr old just told me it was a watermelon, he loves watermelon, so this is a compliment!)

  9. Wow! Thank you! Glad you received it and love the wisdom of a two year olf!