Thursday, September 8, 2016

September's Postcard of the Month
Suns' shadows.  
I did do Sunflowers for September - back in 2013.*
But I just couldn't resist -
these late afternoon Sunflower shadows were just too inviting.  :-)
Plus, we had what could have been** a prize-winningly tall Sunflower this year! Close to 13 ft. tall!
The 2nd. place winner at the fair (we didn't find the 1st. place winner):
was a mere 11'1"!

This was my only prototype this month. 
Maybe the first time I haven't changed anything, between first draft and final cards!***

(a total of @ 670 little leaves.)
All the leaves, plus the yellows of the Sunflowers used the thick, brilliantly-colored Lokta papers -
though I don't attempt a high degree of control, their 'bleeds' always add nice dimension.

Sunflower 'seeds':
Light-weight black 'lace' paper.

The (rest of the) Fixin's

Steps: The Movie:

The Steps

52 productions steps this month

Panel of 21 of August's postcards:


*September, 2013's PoM:
**Had we dug it up, planked it, and trailered it to the fair!  We wanted to leave it be, watch it continue to grow.
***Other than the green paper that I used for the grass beneath the Sun shadows - lower 1/3rd.

I'd used a scrap of heavyweight Mulberry paper for the prototype (right), but when it can time to prep all the material for final production, I realized that I only had one small strip of this paper left!  I was about to substitute a lighter-colored/weight green rice paper that I had plenty of, but when I stopped into the art supply store, they had another, medium-weight green paper that was even closer in color to the original green.  So, Yay!  That's what I went with for the final postcards (left).

Addendum:  Contest!

Can you name 2 of the 3 materials/techniques that I customarily employ in my monthly postcard production, which I did NOT use this month?!
Send me your correct answers - I'll send you a collaged postcard!