Friday, August 29, 2008

AUTUMN POSTCARD SWAP

One of the online groups I belong to is swapping postcards with an autumn theme. Lately I have been having a blast playing with metal in my art. One of the things I really like doing is "painting" the metal with alcohol inks. I did that for my friends journal in an earlier post and loved it so much (and thought it had such a great autumn feel) that I decided to do that for my postcards.

I started with pop cans (had to have my son and a friend guzzle a couple of cans when they stopped by! I don't drink pop or any canned drinks as a rule.) I used the inside so I would have a clean "canvas" to start with. I first used leaf stencils and stamps on the "wrong" side of the metal and embossed it using a ballpoint pen that isn't good anymore for anything else. Then I cut out the general shape of the leaf and dropped the inks onto it. This time I added a gold metallic ink mixer. Way cool!! I took some of the rust pieces I had done recently and traced the leaf outlines on the fabric with my Pigma Brush pen (brown). Then when the inks had dried I did a close zigzag stitch to attach the metal leaves to the fabric and Timtex. Then I put the postcard on the back and did a straight stitch to finish them off.

They look "autumn-y" and I really like them. Hope the recipients do, too!

AUTUMN POSTCARDS - group of 5



AUTUMN POSTCARDS - single close up

8 comments:

Judi said...

Kelly, Your post cards are great. Judi

Wil Opio Oguta said...

They are great! Am I in your group?? don't remember it anymore.

Kelly said...

Thanks, Judi and Wil (and yes, Wil, you ARE in my group).

Sandra said...

They are beautiful, Kelly. I want to be in your group!!!!
Did you use that Adirondack ink on them?? I want to try that stuff!

Sandra

Anonymous said...

Ohhh... so pretty! And now I even know what they're made from! Fun to see the rust cloth and painted metal in use...
Ember :o)

Karen said...

Wicked postcards Kelly!

Thelma said...

Awesome Kelly, what a way to use metal. I was wondering how to use metal in the quilt for surfacing, now you have given me ideas.

wildonionstudio said...

Beautiful! I was just lamenting the fact that I can't ship one of my art quilts to a show b/c the attached leaf skeleton is so fragile that I'm afraid it will crumble in shipping. You've solved my issue for the next piece!
You were able to stitch thru the metal using your regular needle?? Hmmm... off to experiment!