Cards

March 12, 2012

I was attending a birthday celebration yesterday,  and could not find my stash of greeting cards.  I found a lonely  one amongst my felting flat pieces and how I wished I would have documented it with a photograph.  I assume my stash has dwindled or they are just hidden in a crany of my home,  so time to crank into gear for a new style.  I made my first professional card in 1992.  I usually do a set of cards about 10-12 at a time. Each group is entirely different, some time they are assemblages, some collages, some painted, some with hand-made paper I constructed.  What is most satidifying is to visit friends and family and see they have taken a greeting card that I sent, meant as moment of visual pleasure and they have framed the card and it is handing in their home.

The most unique was a stylized set of hearts painted with fingernail polish that was swirled with a metal stylus to resemble marbled papers. The nail polish was old so it was not until days later that I discovered it would not try to its hardened enamel finish but remained ever so lightly tacky.But these two dried nicely. These are 4 x 6 inches

One group I especially loved was made of torn Japanese washi paper, which I hand dyed then torn into pieces. Hand dying paper is a more gratifying experience especially if the paper is cotton on washi , which is made from mulberry root.  It lends a nice soft edge when torn.

I  did a series of handmade paper 20 years ago and I embedded threads and metallic snippets into the paper as I was drawing it through the water. This is an example of those papers.

Another sample of the hand dyed Washi papers. with a compositional element of metallic thread.

This morning as I was perusing WordPress I stumbled across  this http://thehandmadecardblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/rustic-blue/   What I liked about it is the booklet format with found objects—a mini work of art.I am unsure if I will make booklets but I found these works intriguingly satisfying.

The most popular was hand painted triangles cut out then arrange into a composition onto card stock.The shape is a bit out of the ordinary as they were 5 x 11 inches.