Crew Member Jaine Drake caught the swapping fever after our recent ATC swap and decided to keep up the momentum with a postcard swap. Take a look at how she created a faux wood background then protected it and the other decorative elements before sending her art on its snail mail journey.
After Canvas Corp Brands hosted an ATC swap, it got me all fired up to participate in more art swapping. After all there’s nothing more satisfying than receiving real post with a stamp on it! I’d forgotten how exciting it could be.
A group was set up to swap postcards and this in itself would put a whole new spin on things…a piece of art sent in the post without an envelope. How exciting was this going to be?! Of course the kind of artwork I was going to use would determine how my postcard would arrive on the other end. I wanted something which would stand up to weather and handling okay so that meant no bulky embellishments, no flimsy fixings and no water soluble paint finishes.
I decided to use the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System in Weathered Birch Fine Wood simply because I’ve had it for a while and not yet had a chance to play with it. I have to say I was very very impressed with the result. It was so convincing I had to share it in a post with you here.
Tattered Angels – Naturally Aged Paint System: Fine Wood
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint: Black
A piece of postcard sized cardstock already dry embossed from my stash
Step 1 – Using a wide paint brush I dragged the first paint layer of Mercury Glass over the surface. I kept my brush strokes going in the same direction to create a grain.
Step 2 – Using the same paint, I created a few more lines down the card with the handle of the brush.
Step 3 – Following the instructions on the enclosed leaflet, I sprayed the Boardwalk mist in patches.
Step 4 – Still with the piece of work wet with paint, I sprayed on the next color, Ivory mist, and I allowed it to pool.
Step 5 – For the next layer I sprayed Cardboard mist, creating a patchy uneven finish. While this was wet I used the paint brush to drag the paint across to create stripes.
Step 6 – I allowed the whole piece to dry thoroughly then took some more of the Mercury Glass mist and a finer brush to paint on some of the cracks found in real weathered wood.
Step 7 – When it was finished I was so impressed I had to take it outside and place it on the picnic table in my garden. The effect was remarkable. Even the cracks looked convincing!
Step 8 – I could have stopped there but I decided on one last layer and used my finger to bring out the embossing texture with a little black High Impact paint.
Step 9 – I finished the card with spray varnish to protect the surface on its journey. I used some Glossy Accents to stick on a few words and protected those with more Glossy Accents. The flower was made from a few pieces of burlap and stitched on with my sewing machine to make sure it was secure before sending it off into the big world.
Check out Jaine Drake’s Blog and Instagram for more ideas and inspiration!