I've been participating in a postcard swap. No theme really, just about free expression and random acts of kindness. Pick a name and address off the list and send them some happy mail.
Funny enough all three of these postcards started off the same way but then as I began to work with each one they changed dramatically. I've been incorporating more acrylic paint into my mixed media collage work. It's very fluid and has a very different effect than my still-absolutely-favorite almost-dead paint markers*. I resisted using paint for the longest time because I didn't want to start accumulating a ton of supplies, I'm trying to use what I have and what I find. But for color if I want to do more I think I need to allow for some purchasing of supplies.
I began by dripping 2-3 different colors of acrylic paint onto paper and then using a plastic card (a hotel key I forgot to return, man those things are really useful) to scrape across the page and spread it around. I used it straight up this time. I may decide to get some squeeze bottles and thin down some acrylic to try squirting it rather than blopping it on the page -- yes, blop IS a technical term :-)
I then just began to play with adding color, tissue paper, paper, marker, etc one at a time to build each one into the different postcards you see down below. I think if I had worked on all three at the time time they probably would have come out more similar rather than the vastly different looks that I got. I like this a lot and I enjoy the process of focusing on just one at a time. I may, however, try to do a series at some point just to see what happens.
The last one with the quote on it is my favorite. I just took random bits of paper out of my itty-bitty scrap box that sits on my desk. It's for all the little fiddly bits of paper that I really don't want to file but which might be usable. I simply laid the first piece down and then started building, roughly aligning edges, until the card was full. I then went over it with an almost-dead paint marker to even out the color, then wrote the quote on top. I like how this came out so much I'm going to try it again on a larger scale and see what happens.
The best part is that I had a lot of fun creating the postcards and then I get to mail them out and share some real mail happiness with someone else.
* These are my favorite kind of markers (although, of course, I prefer them when they're heavily used and not fresh)