I recently enjoyed a
postcard and Mail Art swap with
Sharon has taken part in many of the swaps
arranged by Lenna, and I was lucky to receive
one of her postcards in Lenna's Postcard Swap.
For our swap, Sharon suggested the theme of
having being inspired by the recent news of
the remains of King Richard III being
The background to my postcard is
collaged papers, gessoed.
I printed the image of the skull
(from the Graphics Fairy)
onto tissue paper and once stuck
onto the background, I cut out and added
the shape of a crown from some patterned
(Decopatch) tissue paper. I painted the
giant 'rubies' on the crown.
The gold coloured vertical stripes are
from a mask/stencil sent to me by Lenna
(thank you, Lenna!). The final touch is
some 'shroud' material stitched on very
roughly. The quote is from
William Shakespeare's Richard III,
"Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood."
which I thought was very appropriate for a skull!
For the Mail Art, I covered an envelope with
random scraps and snippets that might be found
blowing around in a car park - including
a feather, bus ticket, newspaper, sweet wrappers,
net from a bag of oranges, thread and tissue paper.
I rubber stamped leaves too.
"What Lies Beneath" refers, of course,
to Richard's skeleton waiting to be
Strangely, the envelope/postcard returned
to me a week after I sent it to Sharon
(maybe the Royal Mail machines didn't
appreciate the lumpy bumpy nature
of the surface of the envelope), so I
wrapped it in a clear plastic bag and re-wrote
Sharon's address details on a very unattractive
white label, but at least this time it made
it to it's destination, phew!
And here is Sharon's interpretation.
I love all the textures, the golds, patterns
and the stitching
(in a very regal gold thread!).
|(Front of Sharon's postcard)|
Sharon also included a quote from
Shakespeare's Richard III!
"But shall we wear these honours for a day?
Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them?"
|(Back of Sharon's postcard)|
|(Front of Sharon's Mail Art)|
I really like Sharon's stitching on her
Mail Art envelope, and the architecture
|(Back of Sharon's Mail Art)|
The quote on the back of the envelope,
"The past asks only to be remembered."
It was great fun swapping with Sharon
and I hope to swap again with her again :)