01 February 2010

February 1st - 1er Février

It wasn't my intention to stop posting during the One World One Heart event. The last week has been kind of chaotic, especially because I hadn't been sleeping well. But things seem to be back on track now so here I am, with a brand new post.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to join in Hanna's handmade postcard swap (for more info on this, click on the badge in my sidebar.) I had no idea what kind of postcards I'd make but I was happy to have a new project to work on. In the photo above, you can see my first 5 (out of 10) postcards. The bases are all cut from cereal boxes (recycling at its best) covered with Gesso, some in white, some in black. Since these are postcards and they might have to brave the elements of nature, I had to make sure to use mostly waterproof products for the paints and markers. So I used a lot of permanent markers, acrylic paint and China markers (which I've had since I was a kid.) Of course, the papers aren't waterproof but I'm taking my chances. After all, that's what life (and art) is about right? Taking chances.

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Je n'avais pas l'intention d'arrêter de bloguer pendant l'événement One World One Heart. La semaine dernière fut plutôt chaotique, surtout parce que je ne dormais pas bien. Mais les choses semblent s'être replacées alors me voici, avec une toute nouvelle entrée.

Il y a quelques semaines, j'ai décidé de me joindre à l'échange de cartes postales faites à la main, organisé par Hanna (pour plus d'info, cliquez sur l'insigne dans la barre... en anglais seulement.) Je n'avais aucune idée du genre de carte postale que je ferais mais j'étais contente d'avoir un nouveau projet sur lequel travailler. Dans la photo ci-haut, vous pouvez voir mes premières 5 cartes (sur 10.) Les bases sont des boîtes de céréales coupées (le recyclage à son meilleur) recouvertes de Gesso, certaines en blanc, d'autres en noir. Comme ce sont des cartes postales et qu'elles auront peut-être à faire face aux éléments de la nature, j'ai dû m'assurer d'utiliser surtout des produits résistants à l'eau pour les peintures et marqueurs. Alors j'ai utilisé beaucoup de feutres permanents, de peinture acrylique et de crayons gras de Chine (que j'ai depuis mon enfance.) Évidemment, les papiers ne sont pas résistants à l'eau mais je prends une chance. Après tout, c'est ça la vie (et l'art), non? Prendre des chances.

12 comments:

iHanna said...

Beautiful postcards - all of them so different but well made. Those houses are very cool, and the patchwork one is my favorite! :-)

Anonymous said...

Love your postcards, Sophie! They cheered me up...hope you sleep better this week.

Sharon XO

Ninnie said...

Love them all. But my fav would be the first one. Love Hugs and Blessings

Janet said...

I, too, am doing the postcard swap! I especially like your patchwork one but they're all great.

CeeCee said...

Ooooooooooh, I love love love love those postcards!!! I'm especially attracted to the cityscape but you know... I'm a city girl! Elles sont vraiment belles et toutes ces couleurs. Yuuuuummm!
CC

Kate said...

I am in the swap too, I like the one with all the buildings, bust they are all unique, individual and wonderful.

Kate

Amy said...

So cool! I like the city skyline one the best.

joyfulploys said...

Your postcards are wonderful! I found out about your site from iHanna's site. I have a few more days to decide if I'd like to try the postcard swap...I'm thinking that I may.
Cheers,
Mary

Pam Aries said...

bonjour Sophie! Your cards are so Kool as usual! .. Thanks for stopping by.. my blogging has been shetchy(and not in a good way haha)

Lorraine said...

love your postcards

Sharon said...

Wonderful postcards! The folks who get them will love them!

Good luck on the sleep. I have trouble with that myself. I was up until almost 6 a.m. today before I finally was able to sleep for a bit. Hope it gets better for you.

Sherry said...

Your postcards are beautiful!!

Sherry