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A couple months ago, I made a big collage; the focal image was a muscular black woman artist whose reputation is currently on the rise. It was a pretty good collage, but I felt uncomfortable. I felt that I was using something that wasn’t mine. She’s not a public domain celebrity (yet!) or a model paid to put herself on display. And though I have seen some glamor photos of this artist, this was a fierce, un-glamorous one.

So I did what you do with unsatisfactory work – I cut it up. This 4 x 6 card features a fragment that was sufficiently anonymous that I was comfortable using it. The original image was robust, showing an artist as a strong figure. Hence the title “Art Strong.”

Originally the title was to be just “Strong.” The font I copied for the word strong  created a more playful effect than I wanted, so I added the bolder san-serif lettering above it. I hadn’t used the color yellow anywhere else, so I added a couple little golden flickers, and I was done. A lot of head work went into this one!

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So as I wrote earlier, postcard fever struck, and I prepared ten postcards for the iHanna swap,

Still fevered (but on task), I dropped five stamped and addressed postcards in the big blue box and, apparently, one postcard that was neither addressed nor stamped. The postcards sometimes stick to each other. It was an easy mistake, but one I never made before.

So sad! I think it was this one, which I particularly liked.

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Maybe I’m mistaken — maybe someone in the swap will get two cards. It could happen.

Try this project yourself this fall/winter, when there will be another swap.

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I got postcard fever earlier this week, and before I knew it, I had made five postcards. That was when I thought I should sign up for the iHanna postcard swap. After all, I was already halfway to the target of 10 postcards ready to mail by May 5.

Today’s May 4, and while the postcards aren’t actually ready to mail, the image sides are finished and they are addressed. I just have to add a message and my personal identification to each one.

Here are two of them.

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Just Paint

Postcards for a swap on that theme: “just paint.”

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I Cleaned My Desktop

When I finished, there were still a few tiny scraps left in the workspace. So I made something with them.

Or try it this way, right side up.

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Acrylic paint applied with a pencil eraser; water color background stitched onto handmade paper (not handmade by me.)

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Trees, 1

The first of two postcards for a swap on the theme of trees. I painted the leaves on a book page, applying acrylics with a pencil eraser or a finger tip. It was only yesterday, but I’ve forgotten which….. I cut out the foliage and glued it on a painted background.

“Like a tree standing by the water, we shall not be moved.”

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