Fun was had by this person, doing the MIX for today (a playing card alteration), yesterday's WT (musical instrument) and the ABC16 challenge for J-JUNK!
Once I decided what to use for the base, this came together quickly. I am going to put this in the center of the journal we created for Falliday. My brother often gets mail from Serbia, he always gives me the envelopes with the stamps. Usually I cut off the stamps but I left this intact. I put some gesso on most of it but barely covered the addresses on the front and back. The color in the stamps influenced me to use warm DOx colors, applied over the gesso, then used a long stencil in various places with picked raspberry. The stencil has music notes on it. I picked out a bunch of stamps that applied, featuring the Club Scrap grand piano. The 'PRACTICE!' stamp is probably my oldest stamp, it's PSX, I would use it if I mailed a card or letter to my flute students. My teacher would always tell me to go home and practice after a lesson. You can see the two playing card pieces for the MIX. I had bought these mushroom playing cards at an antique store, I'm guessing they're 1970's or so and I didn't want to cover that up. So I gessoed the edges only. I also did one with the reverse side of the playing card. Final touch is a thin coat of gold acrylic paint around the edges. I cut the right and left edge of the envelope so I could tuck in the two playing cards.
There is also a second picture of the other side, not that much different but some different stamps. I love the penmanship of the man who sent the letter. American penmanship is going downhill every day. Thanks for the challenges!
Date: Friday, January 21, 2022 GMT Views: 366
Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 45220
Fri, Jan 21, 2022 @ 1:06 PM
Fabulous!! These are great! Those mushroom cards are so cool...glad you used those and didn't cover up the images. How cool to have those wonderful old stamps and envelope to work with for your MM projects...fantastic stamped images on these. Looks like much fun was had today
Registered: February 16, 2004 Location: Western Suburbs of Chicago Posts: 27181
Fri, Jan 21, 2022 @ 3:02 PM
Gosh, this is really cool/ I saw the other side first- wow- I love that you used an envelope with the stamps on it, great that the handwriting is (barely) visible thru the gesso. I love, love, love the piano, but not the nag to practice… lol I know practice improves performance…..
Registered: March 8, 2005 Location: Halfway between Dallas and Houston Posts: 23318
Sat, Jan 22, 2022 @ 8:46 AM
This is a wonderful piece Jean! I love that you left all the stamps in place and usedthe envelope, esentially as it was. You have some great stamps on there about music. This just looks like it was fun to make!
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