This is the second time I’m participating in the iHanna Postcard Swap. (My cards from the last swap can be found here. The cards I received are here.)
Last week I received the ten addresses the cards will be travelling to, and today I finished my ten postcards, which I’ll be sending out tomorrow.
Unlike with the last swap, this time, I had many ideas for postcards. I experimented a lot, trying out different things that have been on my mind to try. I challenged myself quite a bit, which makes it difficult for myself as well. I’ve been doubting whether or not I would finish them all and whether I’d be happy with the results. But I’m pleased with how the turned out.
I was playing around with watercolor when I found the shape of this bird and the spotted tail in the blobs I had made. I decided to use it for one of the postcards. The above was actually a practice card, but I later thought of adding the text ‘Be a proud bird’ (I like the way the bird is looking up :) ) to finish the card and I quite like it.
In the previous swap I created ‘Fun’ cards with doodled circles. I’ve been filling a sheet of drawing paper with the same pattern, for later use, and then found it reminded me of clouds. I decided to use that idea for my cards and place the sheet under a card with a cut out form of a cloud. Combined with the bird, the bird is now cloudsurfing, avoiding the rain underneath :)
These cards are the result of more watercolor play. Making puddles of watercolor, tilting the paper and adding water to the puddles to make the paint drip down. Fun to do! The drips reminded me of flowers, which I wanted to finish with some drawing. This was the hardest part of all cards for me, and therefore I only finished today. The doodling was inspired by an online workshop I’m taking at the moment, by Stephanie Corfee. I didn’t want to copy her shapes, so it took some time for me to find shapes that were ‘mine’.
The same thing I did in combination with the rainclouds.
The background for this card was done entirely by adding drops of watercolor onto paper and using a straw to blow the paint around. I really love this card, the colors, the playfulness. I wanted to draw/doodle something on top, but not too much, the background needed to remain as visible as possible.
These cards are inspired by the black butterfly plant paper cut I did before, and ofcourse my new header. I’ve been wondering for a while about what white on white paper cutting would look like, and this was a great opportunity to try it out. I will be trying more of it in the future!
These cards will be sent to Sweden, the UK and the USA. I hope the recipients will like them!