Holy cow! I thought I had written this post and just checked to make sure it posted OK, only to discover that I had never written it. Ack! We have a new challenge beginning today at The East Wind Challenge blog and the theme is Mail Art. We want to see something connected to mail so it could be a decorated envelope to go into the mail, an image with a letter, envelope, or something related to the mail, or a background with references to mail. Lots of room there for creativity and doing your own thing!
For the first challenge of the month, all of the Challenge DT members use the same free image from the TEW newsletter. May's image is called Fung La and she is gorgeous. I coloured her with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and fussy cut her leaving a narrow white border around the edges. She was then matted with black cardstock and trimmed out again. Foam tape was attached to the back of the image to pop it up.
The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper background was spritzed with Cocklebells Coral and Calla Lily Burnt Orange Starburst Sprays. Stencilling was done by applying Coffee Archival Ink through Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil with a sponge. The same ink was used on a background stamp which was rolled onto the page. A torn scrap of letter paper with stamps on it was crumpled and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The same ink was applied to a small dotted kraft envelope and a small postcard before they were adhered with foam tape. A length of string which my mom used to use for wrapping parcels to mail was looped and adhered over the ephemera. Buttons from Gram's button box were also adhered to complete the cluster. An Idea-ology pen nib with the word thoughts on it was adhered to the top of the note paper.
The lettering from Idea-ology Alpha Tiles spelled out Miss You because to me, the image appears sad and thoughtful so I felt that wording continued her story. To balance the upper right corner, a piece of washi tape was adhered to white cardstock and trimmed into a flag shape before gluing it to the corner. Walnut Brown Big Brush pen was used to edge the page before a black cardstock mat was added to frame it.
Thanks for visiting today. I appreciate your visit. To see what my talented teamies have created with this gorgeous image, pop by The East Wind blog. We would love to have you play along with our Mail Art challenge.
Life is good; so is art.
I really like this piece Bonnie! First, her hair is gorgeous - love the highlights and the beautiful browns you used! You have nailed the Mail Art theme with all those mail elements - love your choices including even a nib. I need to go up to my RubberRoom and make something - afterall, RubberMAD stands for Mail Art Designs! I need to get back to my roots! LOL!
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