Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Happy Mail, Happy Mel :) (And a tutorial too!)

A little while ago, Ginger asked if any of us would be interested in taking part in a Mail Art Exchange. Of course I was!!


Mine arrived last week, from the lovely Lisa :)



Love the Crate Paper snippets! :)


Also love the patterns and spritzes and daubs of paint, yum :)


And then inside - eeeee!! Look at this fabby bag! It was a pretty cool bag to begin with, but see how Lisa's added 'random applique' to make it into something very special? Thank you, Lisa, I *adore* it! xx

And, of course, I made a piece for the exchange too. Remember back here when I said I couldn't share a pic till I knew the item had arrived? Well, it's arrived :) So here are some pics!


I made it around the same time as my art journal pages, so used some of the left over bits and pieces from newspapers for the lettering and bunting.


The base is a big piece of heavy-duty cardstock; I covered the front in paint (see below) and added stamped images to the back.


I used as many mail-themed stamps as I could find in my stash!


It felt like a giant postcard so I stamped the word 'postcard' across the top and added a hand-drawn line to separate out the message part and the address part...


A couple of splodges of paint escaped onto this side! But I quite like having them there ;)

Here's a quick tutorial on how I did the painty background to this and to the art journal pages:


Squirt some acrylic paints onto your paper or cardstock. (You need something fairly robust as your base so it can handle the paint!) I used too much paint above, you don't need quite as much as this but I got carried away....


Use a baby wipe to spread the paint across the base. The more you spread and swipe, the more the colours will mingle. You can use circular or back and forth or random-any-which-way movements, or dab at the cardstock for a different finish. The piece shown above is actually a second piece of sturdy cardstock onto which I transferred some of the excess paint from step 1. Just the process of transferring started to mix the colours so this doesn't have a great deal of colour variation (which is fine - just depends what effect you're after!)


Here's the first piece again, with a little green added, and not so much blending this time so you get a stronger contrast between colours.

Set aside to dry, and that's it! I then added some random stamping in acrylic paint using foam stamps and bubble wrap and dabbed on a bit of gold using a doily as a stencil, but you can just use the painted piece as it is as a background for a card or other project. Be warned, though, you will get messy!!

Ginger, thanks so much for arranging this exchange - I think I just might be hooked....

10 comments:

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh how fun! I love your pieces of mail art, Mel...and the tutorial is pretty too! ♥

Melissa said...

Oh what fun mail coming and going! I blogged about happy mail today, too!

Rachel B said...

This does sound like fun, may have to try it out! :)

scrappyjacky said...

I'm loving this mail art exchange...and great to see how you made yours.

Anesha said...

Great piece you made and love the ones you got!

Sian said...

I have been blown away by the whole Mail Art thing - seeing everyone's pieces is putting a big smile on my face

furrypig said...

the mail art is such a lovely idea but still not sure if mine has arrived so not posted about it yet! Yours look great xxx

Alison said...

Love both what you received and what you made!
Alison xx

Cheryl said...

Lovely mail art mel and I love your painted background x

Jimjams said...

Mel Art definitely - this looks like SUCH a fun project.