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Sunday
Mar272011

2011 DIY Postcard Swap #2

frisket masking

after frisket was peeled off

Are you doing Hanna's DIY Postcard Swap? {read the first post about the swap}{registration is closed} This is the only "swap" I did last year, and I jumped in again. Here are some photos of the postcards in process. The postcards were cut from sheets of bristol paper and painted using a brayer. Since I took these photos, I've collaged most of them, and I will share when I can.

If you are doing the swap, please hop over to Hanna's cute widget and add your link so everyone can share the postcard love, especially postcards-in-process! And don't forget the posctard swap flickr group, perfect for sharing your in-process shots and finished postcards before you pop them into the mail box. You know I'm a work-in-process junkie, right?

I used frisket on some of the postcards as a mask for the ink. Because I used a brayer over the frisket, instead of a paintbrush, the masked area was not crisp, which worked out just fine. To see a 30 second video of the frisket process, pop over to Watercolor Painting: Masking Fluid.

Sorry about skipping last week's No Frills Prompt... Friday just sprung on me, out of nowhere, can you believe it? I have been dealing with a stiff neck for almost 2 weeks and it's almost back to normal. Last week was sort of wacky and off balance in many ways.

The girls took their first spring splash in the pool, the water a chilly 72 degrees. They jumped in with their clothes on and had a blast! The Phlox branches have popped up, the knock-out roses are blooming, the japanese maples have tiny pink flowers (and honeybees galore each morning), lilly leaves are upright, and a little bird made its nest in the rafters of the back porch. Lots going on in the garden!

What's up in your world?

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Reader Comments (12)

I am doing the exchange too! Your postcards are beautiful!

03.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Love the background papers. I look forward to seeing the collage. I bought some frisket, but haven't tried it out yet. I will check out your video link to get ready for trying it out in my art journal.

03.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

I am so jealous of swimming and 72 degree water. It has returned to cold here and we're supposed to top out at 39!
I signed up for the postcard swap too - so excited!

03.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly Brewer

Beautiful backgrounds, love the way you rule with a brayer! :-) Please add the link to the link widget so more postcards can find you!

Take care!

03.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

wow- can't believe how much your garden is growing. several months ahead of us- still snow.
My postcards are not done yet- still a work in progress.
Sap is still flowing so we are getting lots of Syrup this year!

03.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

All, I added a note about the work-in-process postcard updates at Hanna's site and went over and updated for my own post. I am so behind on reading blogs that I didn't know about it yet!

Deborah, Shelly and Carol, What a huge swap this is becoming! Hanna is a wizard at organizing all of the logistics and is doing a fantastic job chaperoning the postcards to their new homes around the world.

Andria, Let me know how your frisket escapades go. Strange name for an art supply, right? I think you will be surprised at how EASY it is to use. I wish I could get thinner lines, perhaps there is a frisket dispenser!!!

Carol, Even after 20 years here in TX, I am still amazed at how intense the spring season comes to life. Summer is luscious in the garden, but the weather is so horrid no-one wants to enjoy it! So spring and fall are the seasons to enjoy the garden.

Tammy

03.27.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

Beautiful background .
I signed up for the postcard-swap too. :)

03.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarit

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing the process.
Love the backgrounds.

03.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLay Hoon

Fun to see in process pictures, your masking fluid is black/blue?

EWian

04.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEWian

Marit, Lay Hoon and EWian, Thank you for saying hello!

EWian, the masking fluid {frisket} is indeed blue. Here's a post about it... http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/watercolor-painting-masking-fluid.html.

Tammy

04.10.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

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