Monday, August 19, 2013

Watercolor Postcards

Between projects I've been painting on watercolor postcards. It is a nice feeling to complete a little picture in an hour or two.

felt bird pondering flight (bird mail)



palette people  (seen in an image of dried paint)



cactus on the radio


stolen art


birthday sunflower

With a travel set of Windsor-Newton paints I use a better-quality travel brush with a pointier tip rather than the one in the set. The pointy tip, like a sharp blade, gives you more control and a better result. Clean water helps, too.



I sketch out the subject first, then paint it in, usually light to dark. Because the cards are sized, the paint only goes where the water is. Let an area dry before painting immediately adjacent to it unless you want the colors to blend. The faux stamps are punched from random papers and pasted down with PVA. Yes, they warp a little. But that's okay. They're also going through the mail.

1 comment:

Anna said...

I like your little postcards, very cute and useful too.