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…I made this sunburst card, and today’s the day I mail it to someone. I think it is made with acrylic paint and watercolor pencil, but I’m not sure. I’m so glad I can keep a digital image of it.

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I’ve made some postcards for a swap that calls for citrus colors: orange, yellow and lime green. I didn’t especially want to draw or paint fruit, so I tried other ideas using those colors. An old watercolor made a great background, and I was happy to use it because it hasn’t been hung for years.

On my card, the postage stamps are vivid lime green and neon yellow, but the scanner doesn’t see them the way I do.

Coloring the postage stamps with green and yellow highlighters was satisfying. You can see the designs very clearly through the color. I expect I’ll use my  postage stash more often now.

I played around with color adjustment tools in PaintShop Pro and created some interesting accidental effects, but the two “beige” stamps never did turn yellow. A mystery.

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From April 20: I’ve made ten postcards for iHanna’s semi-annual handmade postcard swap. Some of these postcards were made long before hand; they sat in my “to send” file. Others gave me the chance to act on a new idea or a crazy thought. I like them all.

Here are three more of the [10] postcards I sent; they should all have arrived by now.

If you have a favorite, let me know.

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Bluebird

An image from Clip Art Etc colored with watercolor pencils, mounted on a piece of handmade paper I had forgotten I made. I love my handmade paper – I should use it more often.

Bluebirds were a rare sight where I come from, but I see them all the time here in North Carolina.

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I’ve made ten postcards for iHanna’s semi-annual handmade postcard swap. Participants will get their lists of addresses soon. Some of these postcards were made long before hand; they sat in my “to send” file. Others gave me the chance to act on a new idea or a crazy thought. I like them all.

There is probably not much overlap between the participants I will mail to and the people who look at this blog, but just in case, I won’t post the postcards I made until enough time has passed for them to be received in other parts of the world.

Well, maybe just one.

That’s Janet Yellin’s head. I hope she doesn’t mind (or find out.)

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Sometimes I receive envelopes that look like this! The envelope itself isn’t “mail art,” strictly speaking, because the art images are real, gorgeous Russian stamps. Among other arty goodies, the envelope contained two postcards of the work of the illustrator Vera Pavlova. The illustrations came from a book on Russian holidays.

If you like Pavlova’s work, you can find many images on Pinterest. Ordinary browser searches mostly turn up a contemporary poet by the same name.

Many warm thank yous to my correspondent Xenia.

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