Hanna's Autumn 2013 Swap № 2

“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
Yann Martel

A double-shot of postcards for Hanna's 2013 Autumn Postcard Swap, ready to be sent around the globe.

To get started, I sifted through my basket of abstract painted papers and decided to use gelatin prints and painted watercolor papers as the base for this batch of postcards. I cut those out one night last week while the kids were getting ready for bed.

The next day, running errands, I thought of the circle punched paper I'd used on some index card collages and decided to play around with that concept on these backgrounds. 

I was going to do just 5 circles across the cards, attached with a simple line of stitching but wound up doing three rows of circles on each card, attached with freestyle stitching. Some have lemon yellow thread and others have orange thread. A few have both.

To see some of the postcards that I've sent over the history of Hanna's swap, check out this post. I'm happy with this stack of cards and I hope the recipients like them too!

AEDM: My art for Day #9 of Art Every Day Month, the November challenge facilitated by Leah of Creative Every Day.