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Sunday Postcard Art: House Theme
Sunday Postcard Art throws out a challenge every week for anyone who is interested in responding. You can use any medium(s) and the format for the challenge is a 4" x 6" postcard. This week the theme was HOUSES and I just could not resist since they have been on my mind so much. My first thought was that I wanted to use a photo of the house we are purchasing; our new home. I did not want to use just a straight photo though, so I started exploring my IrfanView program. I mostly use this free program for resizing or bulk resizing of photos but I knew you could also do some photo manipulation with it. Here is the photo with some different effects.

explosion effect

negative effect

sepia effect

sepia with edge detection -  what I settled on
Once I settled on a version of the photo I wanted to work with (the one above) I printed it out onto 32 lb matte brochure paper, my favorite paper for printing images onto. Yes, I could have made an entirely digital piece but I don't usually work that way and really wanted to take the image and put some of my collage and vintage gluebook skills to use. I added part of a page from an old family ledger (not a copy) and a bit of flowered background paper I made in Mary Green's Vintage GlueBook class. I love using my watercolor crayons on the edge of ripped paper, so I did. A definition stamp from CatsLife Press was added right on top of the image with white verscraft ink, and I also added a few flourishes and stitches with a white pen. This was my creative break from working on 'weeding out' to make our upcoming move easier -ugh!