Watercolor postcards mailed out today for the MMSA watercolor swap. Wasn’t really sure if I would get this one in this week but when I started playing with my paints I couldn’t stop. I would have made a 4th card but I only gave myself a day and a half before I had to get them in the mail–still I’m really pleased with the results.
Two are simple designs but before I painted I went back and forth with curving sweeps of the pencil across the surface of the postcard. Each section got painted a slightly different color. I used salt on the pear and in the background of the leaf for a little interesting texture. The circles doodle was painted using just 3 colors and what I could mix from them; permanent magenta, new gamboge and marine blue. I used a Sharpie marker to go over all the lines in the painting. I think that really helps set off the spaces of color. Since they were being mailed without envelopes I did a couple of quick sprays of Kamar varnish which has now become my favorite way to protect my cards in the mail.
My inspirations came from the book by Dory Kanter, “Art Escapes.”