Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I made this postcard last week at Sewing by the Sea, a sewing retreat in Ocean City, Maryland. One morning Sandy Sapienza, who organizes the annual event, taught a mini-class in muslin-backed paper for artwork. The technique is simple. Saturate a piece of damp muslin with matte medium gel, then affix a photocopied b&w image measuring 5" x 7". Laser copies are suggested but I used inkjet copies of photos I had taken. Cover the image with gel medium and embellish with thread, paper, fabric, glitter, etc. Let dry. When dry, paint with transparent paints or inks. Add more embellishments (collage, stamps, stitching) as desired. When dry, the painted image has a supple, leathery feel to it.
To make a fabric postcard, back the painted piece with a stiff interfacing, such as Timtex, and another piece of muslin and stitch the layers together. (You could also use cardboard and paste.) The stitching becomes another element of the piece. To write on the card, use an oil-based marker. I made two cards. I sent one to Mrpotani and will keep the other as a cool memento of my first trip to Ocean City. For more about Sewing by the Sea, go to www.needlearts-adventures.com.
Posted by jacqueline at 12:53 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Ex-neighbor Honda Takeshi is showing large-scale charcoal pencil works at A Piece of Space in Tokyo through December 13. The one above, called Walking in the Mountains, November, measures 260 x 600 cm. For details, go to www.a-piece-of-space.com.
Posted by jacqueline at 12:06 PM
Two stamps interesting for different reasons. The top stamp, from Finland, is transparent as you can tell by the bar code printed on the card. The bottom one celebrates Eleanor Rathbone, a British rights activist responsible for getting the family allowance program put in place, and is part of a series honoring outstanding women. Rathbone was definitely that. Check her biography out on Wikipedia.
Posted by jacqueline at 5:27 AM
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tiny postcrosser Anna Julia, born this October 28th, sent this huggy kind of card from Brazil, though it was her dad who put it all in motion. The card reads: "My daddy has created my account here! Now postcards are my joy too!" That's a wonderful family tradition in the making.
Posted by jacqueline at 4:44 AM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
What a day it was for postcards! Along with the fab card from Taiwan below came this great card from Finnish postcrosser Arja. She knitted a tiny sweater in cheery yellow and affixed it to a card she covered with burlap. The message: "warm thoughts in cold winter". Love it!
Posted by jacqueline at 4:59 AM
To know this dog is to love him! A young postcrosser sent this fabulous card from Taiwan, with a long message in Japanese (she spent a year in Japan when she was even younger) about her favorite manga and such. She also drew two very different good luck symbols on the card: clover and turtle. Simply irresistible!
Posted by jacqueline at 4:43 AM
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
First-time postcrosser Sway sent this snowy landscape from China. I've never seen stamps affixed as these were--in looseleaf layers, with each one postmarked separately and again in toto. Amazingly, these large, handsome stamps arrived intact. I've already lifted one off to send to a friend.
Posted by jacqueline at 4:29 AM
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tokyo friend Keiko sent this card congratulating me on the Phillies' World Championship. She wrote that when manager Charlie Manuel played in Japan some 30 years ago, he was called Manieru ojisan, or Uncle Manuel. In Philadelphia he's often been called Uncle Charlie.
Posted by jacqueline at 12:09 PM