Sunday, July 19, 2015

Snail Mail

I finally got around to sitting in my studio and make some art mail for my Snail Mail Listers. Yes, that's what I've decided to call the people on my Snail Mail List.

I made a series of eight collage cards and these were both quite challenging and quite wonderful to do, because the base cards were in grey colours (well ranging from white to black). I enjoyed putting in atmospheric images and adding just a touch of colour here and there. As you know I love love love bright colours, so this toned down style was different for me.

Here's how the cards turned out:










The cards are already on their way to their recipients and some of them may already have arrived by now. I sure hope they are enjoyed.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

14 comments:

  1. Deze kaarten zien er echt weer wel erg mooi uit en die verstilde kleuren vallen wel in de smaak maar dat is misschien omdat deze aansluiten bij mijn kleurenpalet waar ik mee schilder . Heb jij een voorraad aangelegd met 'knipsels' waar je dan uit kiest bij het maken van de kaarten of knip jij gewoon op het moment ?

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    1. Een beetje van allebei Debora. Ik heb inderdaad een voorraadje met wat ik 'collage-elementen' noem. Deels zelfgemaakt, deels eigen foto's, deels tijdschriftknipsels. Eens in de zoveel tijd vul ik dat voorraadje weer aan.
      Maar ik knip ook dingen terplekke, vooral de vormen van decoratief paper die ik voor de achtergrond gebruik. En in bovenstaande kaarten zijn bijv. de zwarte roosjes die op veel kaarten zitten ook terplekke uit decoratief papier geknipt.

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  2. It looks like you worked a long time on these cards. I like what you applied down on the card before starting all the individual elements. They are all very unique. I like the neatness of your work.
    Barb
    USA

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    1. Thanks Barb. They do take some time and dedication, but when I'm in the right mood they are also very relaxing to do. :-)

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  3. Heel mooi geworden Carin. Knap dat je met de grijze kleuren zulke leuke kaarten kunt maken.

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    1. Dank je wel Laura, ik was zelf ook een beetje verbaasd dat het 'werkte'. ;-)

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  4. Leuk stukje. Nu snap ik ook de kleuren want ben ook meer kleur gewend van jou. Mooie kaartjes en leuk met die foto's. Moet toch eens een keertje Vlieland een bezoek brengen

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  5. Your cards look great! I like how you used the subdued colors with a pop of color here and there.

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    1. Thank you, it was a bit out of my comfort zone, but that's good for me, haha..

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  6. Beautiful cards, Carin. It looks like there is a textured background on each one. Is that a particular card stock that you're using or did you put it through a die cut machine? It also looks like you put pictures of your area on them. Am I right? Whether you did or not, I love them all either way.......Linda E.

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    1. Yes, the card stock has a bit of texture in it. I bought several blocks of different colours of this type of paper at a discount store (two for the price of one). That's why all my cards are 6x6 inches and have a specific colour range with every new series. ;-)
      Most of the photographs in these cards are indeed my own. Except for the girl on skates and the woman in the swimsuit, they both came from Flow Magazine. And as you can see, my assistant wriggled his way into these cards too.

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  7. I don't know why I'm so mesmerized by these. I saved the post in my inbox and keep coming back to visit these images. Something... perhaps the straightforward messages... the small scale. Not sure. Anyway. I've pinned them all (WHAT has gotten into me??!) and will revisit them there too! Thank you Carin. If you ever decide to make printed reproductions on cards of any of your work - like these or snaps from your journals... well, I know you are not interested in that route currently, still, if you ever change your mind... please put me at the top of your potential customer list... thank you!

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    1. LOL, I'm so glad you like them so much. I have been thinking about making cards out of some of my morning paintings, but I kindof dread the whole administrative part of selling, so it's the kind of thing I keep postponing. But...if you mail me your snail mail address I can add you to my snail mail list and in time you will automatically receive one of my art mail cards for free. It may take a while, but you would get your turn. Just let me know. My mail address is in the sidebar, or you can use the contact form (also in the sidebar).

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