Thursday, May 7, 2015

May's Postcard of the Month

Yes, this IS quite similar to May's postcard of 2 years ago!    
I couldn't help it - I just really needed to use these colors again. 
So then I played with a few configurations:
And I am quite enamored of/with (??) Japanese renderings of trees in blossom
But, I decided not to go in that direction, and instead ended up with:
And then:
 because I had these little birds that I thought I'd like to use:
I'd found them in a books of 'Scraps' that my mother had given me years ago:
And I thought I'd also like to incorporate some of these blossoms:
from this old postcard:
But, neither the birds nor these blossoms seemed to work in the end.

I had this very cool piece of wooden picture-framing, with a Dogwood blossom:
that I've been itching to use to print.
After a bit of trial an error, I realized that the only good way to get a smooth imprint from this carving would be to pre-print - on white rice paper: 
before the cards got warped and layered.

The Fixin's (+/-)

The Steps

29, this month.

Step 1 - Heat-treated the print, but still had trepidations
 (unwarranted, as it happily turned out) re: wet glue making the ink run.
Step 2 - This music paper wrinkles as soon as it gets wet, though it didn't really matter...
Step 3 - I covered it with the clipping off the r. side of the rice paper print.
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Step 7 - A new fiber-y 'lace' paper that I'm liking using.  Maybe too much (see Step 24)...
Step 8
Step 9
Step 10
I really liked how they all looked pre-blossoms:
Step 11
Step 12
Step 13
Step 14
Step 15
Step 16
Step 17
Step 18
Step 19
Step 20
Step 21
Step 22
Step 23 - Well, if I'd just stopped right here with the blossoms...
Step 24 - But then I had to go and add some more of that fiber-y 'lace' paper...
Step 25 - Which then led to the next 4 steps of mitigations before I was happy again!
Step 26
Step 27
Step 28
Step 29 - Petals.  :)

Panel of 21 of May's postcards: