When I went to visit my sister in Florida, we went on some mad shopping sprees for craft items and she introduced me to alcohol inks. I have been browsing the postcards that so many talented artists have posted on the web and I wanted to try my hand at it. When I returned home, I thought making a postcard would be the perfect medium for playing with my newly purchased ink
I used watercolor paper and cut it to measure 4" x 6". The size of a standard postcard. Then I inked the background to look like grass and blue sky. I used a rubber stamp and stamped another shade of blue over the sky to give it texture. I did the same thing for the grass. I cut out the girl and the bird from some graphics that I had and glued them in place. I typed the words, printed them, cut them and inked them. Then I glued them in place. I think that it turned out pretty good for a first try. It makes me happy to look at it.
This is my second attempt and I came up with this idea from the Sunday Postcard Art Website http://sundaypostcardart.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/rusty-ole-barn/ There theme was Rusty Old Barn, which made me think of the old time barn dance. I thought it would be clever to have the animals dancing. Well, it was amusing to me and made me giggle.
They have a wonderful site and some fantastic artwork is displayed. If you haven't visited the site, grab a cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy.
I wasn't going to post this one because when I did it, I didn't like it. I was experimenting with inks and stamps. I set it aside as a bust, until I recently found it in my stack of papers and I thought, hmm, where did this come from. It's kind of cool.
These first attempts are pretty simple and I hope to get a little more detail in them and more daring with each new try. Now that I know that I can doodle, I might add some more of my own handiwork to them.