have been swapping again :)
Jewels came up with another
fab theme - using the song sung by Cher
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves."
Bring back memories?!
So, the swap was for a postcard and
Mail Art using this theme as inspiration.
We also had to use a technique that we
hadn't used before.
This is what I did....
I used an image from The Graphics Fairy
and printed it out onto fabric from the computer
(that's the 'new technique' box ticked!).
I know you will probably all have done this,
and do it all the time, every day maybe.
But I have never done this before, and
in case there is someone else out there that
hasn't done it either, I'm going to share the 'how-to'.
I read about this on someone else's blog a
gazillion years ago but don't know where, so I'm
afraid I can't give credit where it's due - just know
it wasn't my idea!
Iron the fabric you are going to use
(the closer weave the better).
Using an A4 self adhesive label
(I got mine from ebay, much cheaper than the shops),
carefully stick the label onto the fabric. Try to avoid
any creases, and if you do lift it up and smooth it back.
I also used a strip of Selotape across the top to
avoid the end curling up as it gets fed into the
printer. Print image as usual (your printer will be fooled,
and won't know that fabric is going through it, hahahahaha!!).
Remove the fabric/sticky label from the printer,
remove the sticky label.
Note: the printed image will not like water, do not wash
unless you know the printer inks are permanent.
The Mail Art envelope carried on with the theme.
I used a photograph I have of some fellas from
the early 1950's.......
and they became the men drawn to the travelling
show every night (sorry, boys, I feet a bit guilty
besmirching your characters in this way).
Lenna had some Gelli print fun with hers,
and she focused on Cher - who has had such
a long musical career, reinventing herself
regularly long before Madonna did!
I was 7 years old,
and went to Crook Log Primary School.
I was a Brownie and
I lived in Bexleyheath, in Kent.
What were you doing?
Where were you?
How old were you?
Lenna chose a great image of Cher for her
Mail Art envelope, along with some more
Gelli printing, stamping and doodling.
Jewels' 'take' on the theme is different again,
and she chose to focus on the itinerant life
of gypsies - and their 'wanderlust'.
Great word, wanderlust.
Jewels has promised to explain the techniques she
used for this postcard, so keep an eye on her blog.
I do know it didn't quite go according to plan,
but it looks great anyway!
|(Front of mail Art)|
She used sheet music from, appropriately,
'The Gypsy Caravan'.
|(Back of Mail Art)|
This was a great swap,
and the next one is already in the pipeline
(Jewels came up with the theme again,
she is very clever!)