Friday, February 12, 2010

Postcard Swap

Here's a video outlining the project I did for iHanna's 2010 postcard swap.

I started with 16 rectangles, 6"x4" from cast-off cardboard (cereal boxes, a calendar). Each piece was  gessoed, then it was all put back together. The design was drawn with a piece of charcoal into wet gesso. When it was dry, I put a wash of blue over it and let it dry again. Next up, the shapes and lines were painted in and after that was dry, all of the pieces were cut apart again.

My idea was to create a whole painting from pieces. I wrote "connected" on the front of each card and then on the back it says "You are one piece of a whole." Each card is numbered: #1 of 16 and etc. It was a good way to push myself to work larger and I liked the idea of being a piece of a whole.

I am currently lying on the sofa with ice on my back. Too much snow around here; we've had 30" of the white stuff in under a week. Good weekend, all. Hopefully I'll be all repaired by tomorrow.

15 comments:

amy said...

I love the results you got! Thanks for sharing the video. I love seeing creativity in action. I kept saving the cereal boxes for journal covers and then have been recycling them. I like the mail art idea so I should not recycle the next few I think. :)

Jenn Greenleaf said...

What a wonderful project! I've been trying to work on more projects, but other things keep getting in the way...excuses, I know. I miss working, though, and really need to pick the brush back up. Your work is inspiring me to do so, and I thank you for sharing it so often.

Megan Greenholt said...

You are one step ahead on the (w)holons project!
What a beautiful result....always loved the Gestalt thing:)

oneartistjournal said...

Wonderful happy blog...I just found you and found you everywhere...I found that you are teaching with me in Journalfest, teach in the Inspirational retreat, I found about your new awesome book, I listened to a fascinating interview with you...Lovely to meet you. Love your spirited spirit Diana trout.

XOXORly

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Zusje Pieta said...

Hello Diana,
thanks for being so inspiring to me. I draw, I paint and I started to fool around with paper and glue.
And then I found your blog... I am reading back in time and I watch the You tube video's youve added.
My husband is looking at a messy, arty table with paper, pens, glue, paint and glitter... lol...
I'm combining all sorts of material and you really pushed me in the right direction.
Great, thanks!
Petra
The Netherlands

lyric said...

I love the idea - I want to do this with for my family.
Love the video too!

scj said...

What a great idea Diana! I love the result too and I am sure that there will be ten very happy people out there who are receiving them!
Thanks so much for sharing the video too. I am continuing to just LOVE your book.

Sheila

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Jane LaFazio said...

very cool. love using the cereal boxes and I love the message of being connected!

gm glimmerglass said...

Boy, you're fast! :-)

I love the idea of the individual pieces being far flung around the globe. My fantasy would be to have them reunited some day - like the Shazam ring!!!!!!

Beautiful video, cards and lovely music. Thanks!

courtney said...

HI! I'm one of the lucky recipients of one of these postcards from you. What an great idea - I'm hanging it on my bulletin board at work and it'll inspire me daily :) Thanks!

TJ said...

I am so proud to be one piece of a whole! Thank you for the beautiful postcard. I am going to suspend it from some twisty sticks I have in my studio!! Happy creations from tj in germany

Carmen said...

Super di duper!