Old postcard, coated with gesso, hand drawn boarder, gel transfer of women on the beach. Before I added the gel transfer to the card I wrote a message that shows through underneath, since this card had never been mailed.
Another old postcard, coated with thinned gesso so that the original message, stamp and postmark shows. The heart was cut from an old dictionary page I had stamped with a pattern. I added a blue butterfly.
Another experiment with a gel transfer. This time I scanned an old postcard, altered the colored to age it, then made the transfer from the scanned image. I used gesso on the card, allowing some writing and the stamp and cancellation to show. Then I added a strip of dictionary page, then the gel transfer. I finally used a date stamp and the letters SWAK.
I hate wasting things, and am fascinated by old paper ephemera. It has been drizzly and cool here, so yesterday I played with a stack of very mundane postcards (Motel 6, for example) , seeing how I could change them, use some of the stacks and drawers of images and materials I have acquired.
What do you think? What appeals or falls short? I'd love feedback on this project. Would people buy them? Would demoonstrating the process make an interesting workshop?
I have also simply coated cards with gesso, thinking I'd try little watercolors on our upcoming trip to Colorado. Maybe I should try one ahead of time...