Sunday, December 16, 2018

Card painting factory

     Well, it certainly feels like a factory when I paint 100 small paintings. I have made my Christmas cards every year since 1975. Different quantities, different mediums, but all handmade. It feels like a burden when I am figuring out what to do. Besides quilting, I paint watercolors and continue to take a class with a master artist to keep me going. The people in my class are all amazing artists and we learn from each other as well as the teacher. People say, why are you still taking classes? That is why, I get better by the company I paint with.
     My teacher, Jody Ziehm, taught us a technique using credit cards and mat board cut up in small pieces, applying masking fluid with plastic wrap, and spraying water on the scraped on color to create landscape scenes. I had lots of fun because I love landscapes and trees. I had doubts if I could do this many, so I had to gird up and mentally lock in regardless. I cut up bad paintings (Arches watercolor paper is expensive- so I use the backs) into strips 11" x 3 1/2" and applied the mask. After it was dry, I scraped on some basic colors with the cut up credit cards. After fine spraying with water, I tilted the paper towards the sky and then poured blue from the top of the sky to blend with below. I added a little kosher salt for some sky sparkle. Once dry, I rubbed the mask and salt off and cut the strips into four on the paper cutter. Using small twigs, I added branches and pines. The tree trunks were scraped on with the small credit card strips. No brushes. I did this in two days-100 of them.
    Now, I have to print out the verse and glue that inside, glue the painting on the outside. I use premade white cards with matching envelopes from Joanns. Lastly, I have to write a message, put the addresses on (labels), stamps, and mail. Getting close to the deadline.
     My ace camera got left in PA with my daughter by accident, so I am using a point and shoot which doesn't focus as well or capture color great.
Mask applied to back of bad painting, doesn't matter if there is stray paint marks.
After scraped painting, sprayed, tilted, sky added. Mask removed.
Branches, trunks added. Cut into fours.
In position on card stock.


A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Very nice!! - ;))

The Joyful Quilter said...

I love landscapes and the interest added by the vibrant background technique captivated my attention. This year's card is breathtaking! If you end up with an extra, I'd love to add it to my collection of your work. Well, it would BE a collection if I received another card this year! :o))

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love the card you made last year and this one promises to be even better. KUDOS to you for making your cards - they are extra special.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

That sounds like a great technique and it had wonderful results. They are beautiful.

Debbie said...

How amazing! these are beautiful and full of your artistic flair. Love reading the technique and then seeing the fabulous results.

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh these cards are stunning Linda!! The technique sounds quite something and what a mammoth session you must have had to produce 100 cards! I love how all the four which you've already cut are so different, beautiful colours too.

Gene Black said...

You have me wanting to study art with a "live in person" teacher again. These are lovely.

Pat McDonald said...

I am honored to have received one of you cards, it is beautiful. You are amazing quilter and artist. I am truly fortunate to have you as a friend.


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I love the card I got from you. As for taking classes, well, when we quit learning, then we die, so, keep taking classes and learning new things (especially with friends). Merry Christmas!