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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Alphabets" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Alphabets."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Flowers / Brown" - Postcard

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I made another bird / Spring themed piece.

I used several sections of an image to create the background for this. Then I added the foreground images.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This piece is my entry for the following:

Tuesday's Treasures

"Flowers" - Postcard

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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was "Floral."

I made this based on an art card that I saw that had used a Tim Holtz saying: "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The fonts are:

Noto Sans
Noto Sans Bold

"Dotre /ˈdōˌtər/ noun" - Postcard

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Dotre
/ˈdōˌtər/
noun

Shhh... it's a Secret

Do you know what it means?

Hillary Clinton does.
So does James Clapper.
Vladimir Putin has known for awhile.
Saudi Arabia knew 40 years ago.

Dotre: Can you guess its definition? If you think it has been a current news topic, you are looking in the wrong direction.

Do you need more hints?

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I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Bird Top Hat" - Postcard

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was "Birdy Birdy."

I started with the bird, then added everything else around him. I'm not even sure what this piece is trying to be, other than vintage. I'm currently struggling with artist's block again.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

"Follow the Blue Star" - Postcard

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This week’s Take a Word challenge was "Silhouette."

I used a silhouette as a minor part of my overall piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Fortune Teller" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Fortune Teller."

I used one of my favorite Fortune Teller Woman images for this.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Crockery / Moon Goddess" - Postcard

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This week’s Three Muses challenge was "Crockery."

I know the theme was supposed to feature crockery, but when I found this catalog header, I went where my muse took me. First I added the blue star dress onto the woman. I cut the background stars from a different postcard that I had made, and colored them blue. I used several layers of images to create the background.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The quote "The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand." is by Frederick L. Knowles.

The fonts are:

Palatino Linotype Bold
Palatino Linotype Bold Italic

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Old Book Page Bird" - Postcard

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I made an old book page / bird / Spring themed piece.

I used several layers of images to create the background for this. Then I added the foreground images and text.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This piece is my entry for the following:

Tuesday's Treasures

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Color Burst Crane" - Postcard

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This week’s Take a Word challenge was "Color Burst."

I used several layers of images to create the background for this. Then I added the foreground images and text.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

"A Trip to Hawaii" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Hawaii."

I started with another white washed background that I had made first. Then I added the text and images. I gave this the appearance of a tourist postcard that has been accidentally postmark cancelled on the wrong side (the front, instead of the back). I also designed this postcard such that it looks "correct" when viewed both vertically (upright) and horizontally (turned on its side).

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Abstract Art" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Abstract Art."

I used geometric shapes to make my piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, April 11, 2016

"James Dean / Taylor Swift / Style" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Black and White."

I made a piece based on the song Style by Taylor Swift. ("You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye." I love that song!)

I started with another white washed background that I had made first. Then I added the song lyrics, text, and the image of James Dean.

I looked into contacting Taylor Swift, to send her a link to this post, but there does not seem to be an easy way to do that. By choice, I am not on Twitter, Facebook, etc., so the alternative is snail mail. But she gets thousands of fan letters every day, so why bother? While I like her music, I'm not a "follower/fan" kind of person. And people send her letters, not art postcards, so mailing this to her would be pointless.

Note to Taylor Swift: I made this art piece for personal use only. If you do see this post and object to it on copyright grounds, please leave a comment (or use the Contact Form) and I will remove this post.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The fonts are:

Jane Austen
Primitive
Rakesly Bold
Palatino Linotype Bold

"Spring Herald" - Postcard

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I made a Spring garden seeds themed piece.

Here in southern New England, Spring has been late in coming. We have had a few freezing rain and light snow weather events that most likely have killed my Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts plants, which started growing in mid-March. Time will tell how they fare, but the loss of these beautiful plants will be hard for me to accept.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This piece is my entry for the following:

Tuesday's Treasures

"Sea Shell Green" - Postcard

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This is 1 of 2 sea shell themed pieces that I made. I started with a white washed background that I had made first, but which I tinted sand colored for use with the sea shells.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

"Sea Shell Large" - Postcard

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This is 2 of 2 sea shell themed pieces that I made. I started with a white washed background that I had made first, but which I tinted sand colored for use with the sea shells.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Famous Artists - Botticelli" - Postcard

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This is 1 of 2 entries for this week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge "Famous Artists."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The words in the background are from The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.

The font is Jane Austen.

"Famous Artists - da Vinci" - Postcard

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This is 2 of 2 entries for this week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge "Famous Artists."

I'm not sure that I like this piece, so critical comments are welcome. Do you like it? Not like it?

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The words in the background are from The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.

The font is Jane Austen.

"Nautical Ship Anchor" - Postcard

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I made a nautical / ship anchor themed piece, using some of the same images as my Seahorse piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, April 8, 2016

"Music Maestro Cat" - Postcard

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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was "Music."

I went where my muse took me with this one.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Seahorse" - Postcard

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I made a nautical / seahorse themed piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"Architecture" - Postcard

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This is my second entry for this week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge "Architecture." (My first entry can be seen here.)

I started with a soft mottled marble background that I made. Then I stamped several architecture related images. Lastly, I added the woman, who is from the same image as the first woman that I used.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This piece is also my entry for the following:

Tuesday's Treasures 

"Mosaic Bird" - Postcard

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I made this mosaic bird for my April Tim Holtz tag. I then used some of the same elements and earthy colors to create this postcard. This piece also has the library / book sub-theme.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is Palatino Linotype Bold.

Monday, April 4, 2016

"April" - Tag

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I created this for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 - April challenge.

I mimicked Tim's steps to create my tag, but I made mine somewhat differently than his.

The main focal point is the mosaic bird, which I made separately, then added to the tag. I used earthy greens and browns for my background colors, which give a hint of Spring. (It's actually snowing here today, where I am in southern New England. It's probably going to kill my Bleeding Hearts, which started growing about two weeks ago.) I also have a library / book subtheme in this piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Because my artwork is digital, and Tim Holtz's challenge is intended for people who buy his products, I don't usually post my tags on his site.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"Architecture" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Architecture."

I started with a soft mottled marble background that I made. Then I stamped several architecture related images. Lastly, I added the woman, who I modified to make her fully clothed.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Month of April - The Book of Days

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I created a Celestial Flowers theme art journal page for the Month of April page of the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.