Monday, August 7, 2017

August's Postcard of the Month
Dog Days.
I've been wanting to do a Dog Days collage for August for a few years.
I have a couple of dog paper punches
but I'd wanted one of a lazing dog - one lying down - and have never found one.
So I went with the howling dog/wolf/coyote.

Prototype:
too basic; needed more.

The Fixin's

Steps: The Movie

The Steps

(a mere 7 steps this month!)

So... As I was putting these cards in their respective subscribers' envelopes
I realized that if I'd faced the dog the other way,
it would have looked even more like the notes were coming from it's mouth...  Ah, well.

Panels of 21 of August's postcards:

Fin.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July's Postcard of the Month
Blue pods.
I have done this same color palette for all but one* of the past 5 July PoMs!
July 2012 - The first July PoM:
July 2014 - Tire swing:
July 2015 - Frogs!  My July fave:
July 2016 - Dragonflies:
I see that I also incorporated Chartreuse and/or gold dots in dark green
on the lower left side of all of these... :-/
However, stale as I may be in danger of becoming here,
these blue and green July PoMs are still among my favorites of ALL the past 66 months of PoMs.  :-)
Prototypes:
Didn't really do any.  Did some playing; threw down these:
This piece of marbled green Lokta paper, with the 4 cut-out 'arms', curves, 'U' shapes,
was left-over after I'd used the cut-outs for something else:
I really liked the spiraling/helix effect, so that became this:
Which was more or less the final product - minus the bleeds**...

The Fixin's
Oops!
I forgot to take a photoo of this month's Fixin's... :-/   
So here are pix from these previous July PoMs (above), with similar palettes:
July 2012:
July 2014:
July 2015:
July 2016:

Steps: The Movie:

The Steps

Panels of 21 of July's PoMs:

Fin.

*Well, this was pretty much the same color palette, but quite a different composition!
July 2013
**The underlying paper was both too textured (one of those very rough 'lace' papers), and way too wet for the bloody blue Lokta loops to be glued down onto!  I let the previous layers dry well (overnight), and used much less diluted/watery glue before laying down the blue loops when I did the final cards.  Plus I omitted the 'lace'. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

June's Postcard of the Month
Poppies.
Yes - I've done Poppies for June before - the first 3 June PoMs* were Poppies - I just couldn't help it.

1st. production parameter for June's cards:
As Few Steps As Possible!!
Time was a'crunchin' as I was finishing up getting readyfor the Espresso Bueno collages to go up.**

First prototypes:
Yeah, ok, but pretty much done it (see footnotes).
So then, this:
Which is what I went with - with the addition, on the final ones, of one little red dot.  :-)
And which ended up comprising only SIXTEEN steps! :-)  :-)

And... Got to use my favorite little bee rubber stamp.  :-)

The Fixin's

Steps: The Movie:



The Steps

I often glue down the pieces of music as the first step.
Which is often the trickiest step - I often measure (with my beloved transparent pica ruler)
to make sure that my horizontals and verticals are all straight/parallel.
It can throw the whole thing off, if it's skewed even a little.  Hurts the eye.  
Which is not to say that some slippage doesn't happen - sometimes I get cocky and think my eye is just fine (usually it is, but...), and sometimes it'll slide around as the glue is drying.  :-/
I love this charteuse tissue paper that I found at the grocery store - can't stop using it!


Just needed one more little spot of red.

Panels of 21 of June's PoMs


Fin.

*The previous June Poppy PoMs:
June 2012
June 2013
June 2014
**Since, March, I've been working on several large(r than postcards) collages - on canvas - to hang on Bueno's walls for June and July.  I'm going to write a separate post re: the Espresso Bueno http://www.espressobueno.com/ (Barre, VT) display.  
Sneak peek:
Poppies!!  :-)