Media Mail Art

Media Mail Art

Posted by DecoArt on Sep 23rd 2015

I love to trade Artist Trading Cards and Post Cards with friends and fellow creative people. I know the name has "trade" right there in the title but oftentimes I just send them out to people that have inspired me in some way. I am touched by their responses when they receive them. I can't think of one instance where someone wasn't excited to receive "happy mail" and got to do the "happy mail dance". 

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I always like to have pieces of decorated card stock that can be cut down to post card size (4"x6") or ATC size (2.5"x3.5") I create the backgrounds on 8.5"x11" card stock with assorted stencils, collage papers or patterned tissue papers and usually a mixture of both Media Line acrylics and Americana paints. Then I cut them down to size.

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Sketch your artwork onto decorated ATC base. After that was done I drybrushed a coat of Media White Gesso onto the face making sure NOT to cover the entire face. I only focused on the highlight areas. Sometimes you may need to add more than one coat.

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Notice that you can see the background peeking through in areas that would naturally be in shadow. Now I add Media Line Primary Magenta to the cheeks and lips.

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The next step is to add in all the final details like the pupils, accentuate eyebrows and my very favorite part a coat of Media Line Acrylic color of choice to the background. I leave the dress and hair as the original background. So simple but looks so complex! The final step is to outline the hair with Media Line Titanium White with a liner brush.

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If you are uncomfortable with drawing an image by hand, no worries! Look how awesome these turned out using Andy Skinners "Strike the Pose" stencil following all the same steps.  

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We couldn't have these going in the mail in a plain old envelope now could we? You can use either your Kraft Mat, plexiglass, waxed paper, anything waterproof for the next step. I personally use waxed paper to cover my workspace. I took 3 colors of Media Line Misters and sprayed puddles on my waxed paper. If you aren't familiar with color mixing and how to avoid making mud I would stick to a red, yellow and blue. These colors are very intense so I also mist the puddles with some water so addresses will be apparent . Now just lay envelope down in the puddles and drag slightly.  

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Not only will the recipient get a kick out of them I believe a few postal workers will as well!

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Thanks Everyone!  

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