Saturday, 21 January 2012

Darcy's Postcard Challenge - Brazil

The country set this week by Darcy is

The swirly background symbolises the carnival
atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro.
I gessoed the blank postcard and while it was still 
wet used a detailing stick to draw spiral shapes.
Once dry I used water soluble wax crayons,
which I then spritzed with water.
Hmmmm, rather too bright for me
so I smeared more gesso over the top.
Onto a map of Brazil I drew the outline of the
Christ the Redeemer statue
which is on top of the Corcovado Mountain.
The postcard is edged with black Staz-On.

Mr Forsyth

As all my official correspondence has been returned unopened, I am forced to contact you through postcards. Most unsatisfactory.

As you can see, I am in Brazil, having some very interesting conversations with your old 'colleague', "One Eye" 
Jack McCullogh.

Please note that I am now a Detective Superintendent.

Yours sincerely

Det Supt Clarke

Methinks Det Supt Clarke (with an e) is not
very happy playing Lord Forsyth's 'game'.
He is decidedly tetchy - note that he refers
to Lord Forsyth as Mr.

The ball is now in your court, Lord Forsyth!


To other Darcy Postcarders;
thank you for dropping by and commenting 
on my postcard. I will try to get round to see as 
many of yours as I can.


WrightStuff said...

Global cat and mouse... I am loving this story and your art is marvelous!

mags21 said...

great card. some different. like your colours. interesting story line..

Darcy said...

ooo he got promotion? loving this story. Fabulous card, the swirls look like fireworks, ingenious idea to draw on top of the map.

Julia said...

I love Brazil. It is my favorite traveling destination. Needless to say that this post is exactly what I needed to make my day!

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Cynthia said...

love your card and techniques. love the map idea for the Christ sculpture...fabulous. "One eye" Jack very intriguing. returned letters, very curious, where is he. will the postcards get to him?

Georgie Horn said...

This is a beautiful postcard. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

Sabrina said...

I like the sound of "one eyed Jack". I'm not sure which of your characters to root for.

The image turned out great! Love the map

Sam said...

Fab postcard, love the Christ the Redeemer image on the map and your background is lovely. I am enjoying following this story and like Sabrina said, I don't know which one I shall root for! x

Virginia said...

Fabulous post card - loving the hand drawn Jesus on a map - excellent stuff!

Gina said...

Gorgeous card!!! The texture and colour gives a feeling of the wind swirling around the statue. (I like Lord Forsyth....he's naughty :D) :D XXX

NatashaMay said...

Totally gorgeous postcard! :) I love how you mixed it all together and it came out superb. :) Oh, that Lord Forsyth. i wonder what he has up his sleeve this time. :)

Janet said...

Fab postcard. Your drawing is super. Your story is v. exciting! One eye eh?

Janet xx

SusieJ said...

Great postcard and I love how the story is unfolding.
Hugs xx

Joan said...

great postcard,love how you did the drawing on a map of Brazil,fascinating storyline !

missy k said...

Great postcard Jo.... love the swirls and especially the statue on the map. Brilliant!

Dezinaworld said...

wow thats magnificent !!
Hugs June x

Sandra Hoogland said...

Yay, another instalment in this exciting tale! Great card! ♥
And so looking forward to next weeks card... :)


I do truly hope that he doesn't get caught. The postcard is brillant :)

Margaret said...

superb! love your textured swirls so much and the colours are gorgeous, brilliant card Mx

My Heart Exposed said...


Jill said...

Brilliantly done!

Jackie Humphreys said...

Really like the idea of the map. The card is lovely.

Fotojoy/Joyce said...

Love the use of the Brazialian map to use as background to Christ the Redeemer

Susan T said...

How did he lose his eye I wonder. Art is wonderful.

Kristin said...

Oh that is really cool! Love the story too . . . LOVE it, xoxo

Katie said...

This is great! Love it! :0)

Jen said...

Smashing postcard, like the background and sketching on the map is a great idea. The story line is interesting.
Jen x

LadyBug said...

Great way to add texture but cutting into the wet gesso! I need to use mine more in my scrapping!. I will follow this postcard story line with interest! ;)

Carmen said...

Am just loving watching this story develop! Not to mention the gorgeous postcards! The Jesus image is amazing!

Jamie Lynn said...

well done & thanks for the info on how you did it. Beautiful

Lenna Young Andrews said...

you are doing a fantastic job with this Joanna . . . I love the Bantock books but could not add this into my schedule. I love the way you sleuth-fully typed out the message for us! xoxo

joy said...

Hi, Joanna! You are certainly "into" this storyline for your clever postcards. Wish I had the time, energy and inclination to commit to these things. But, alas, I am not as motivated as I used to be. Oh, well!

Thanks for you comment on my Sketchbook. No, I am not doing the limited edition (see above):)
I have decided to limit my endeavors for now. Things are always popping up in my personal life that take priority.