Queen of Wishes Postcard Tutorial:Mixed Media Mail Art
I didn’t realize how much we rely on internet until we don’t have it. We have had issues with our internet/cable going in and out for the last week and surprisingly it has interrupted our normal schedule. In the evenings, we usually sit together watching a movie or TV, while working on our blogs or other internet-related things.
This whole weekend whenever I asked hubby what his plans were he would say, “Well, the internet is out so…” I told him he needs to get a hobby that does not include football or the internet. Unlike my hubby, I had plenty to do as I am on a reading craze right now. I just read my 104th book this year and I still have so many that I am dying to get to. Here are a few series that I am working through at the moment. Most of them are fantasy, which are easy reads and fun. I do read serious books as well but as of right now I am working to get through these. Each series has SO many books. And for some reason, I don’t have a lot of time to sit down. I am always wishing for more time to cultivate the ritual of sitting, reading and drinking tea. Until then, I am content to listen to books by audio book as I can clean, cook and ignore my children, all while filling my head with wonderful stories.
The Bloody Jack series is about a young girl that is kidnapped into the British navy. She has many adventures, in which she learns to be a lady, becomes a famed pirate and goes undercover as a spy. These books make me laugh so hard. The author makes me feel as though I am right along side the main character joining in her adventures.
The Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a series about teenage twins and an alchemist that work together to save the world from creatures of myth and evil elders that seek to destroy humanity.
The Chronicles of Narnia are a favorite in our house! We love this series as it correlates to a lot of Biblical characters.
I haven’t finished this book but I am working through it.
Creating the Mail Art/Postcard Tutorial
Elizabeth has commented several times that she wonders how I achieve my layers. I thought today I would show the process of how I created this piece of mail art. If I could give one tip, I would say to keep adding things on top of you. And use lightweight chipboard to give your images dimension.
I started out with a PaperArtsy Paint Palette Postcard as my base.
I cover the base of the postcard with white card stock. I then collage scraps of book paper to the background and cover it with a gesso wash. Next, I stenciled a STencilGirl Stencil with black gesso. I used a PaperArtsy stamp in the background in random. Once dry, I sprayed with Lindy’s.
I layered some strips of book paper and scrap paper over top.
I added a scrap of linen and some stamped tissue paper.
And then a few more strips of fabric.
I sprayed Lindy’s.
I colored and cut a stamped PaperArtsy image.
To give the image dimension, I add strips of lightweight chipboard (cereal boxes) to the back.
Next, I added fiber to the bottom, sprayed it with Lindy’s and then splattered the background with gesso.
I added a stamped teabag and a die cut sentiment next to the image. I sprayed just a tad of Lindy’s to the finished piece.
You can see the layers from the side.
I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard, a day late due to my internet issues, but better late than never. I thought I would share one of my favorite homemade tea blends for the fall. It is Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss), dried ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. I let it steep for 4-5 minutes and then add raw honey and heavy whipping cream. We call it Pumpkin Pie Tea as it taste just like a fall dessert in a cup. My kids are always asking me to make it. As you can see, my jar is almost empty so I need to get busy purchasing more ingredients.
Happy Tea Day,