The final part of making my mixed media note cards begins with...
My prints that I created by doing this in part one.
I am using a type of paper that takes watercolor pretty well.
It's about a 60-70 lb paper.
With my print card ready, I can now begin to add watercolor paints.
I have a variety of watercolor paints that I use.
I enjoy trying to come up with unique color combinations.
Sometimes I start by painting the center image,
other times I begin painting the other designs first.
And I continue this process until I am satisfied with the results.
There will be times I mix the colors, for example..
I may use pink then add a touch of red-orange inside the pink.
And before I know it...
The watercolor process is done!
I use a variety of brushes from the one pictured above to brushes that can be used for other types of paints like acrylics.
With my painted print cards dry,
I now move to the sewing machine!
I line up (really good eyeballing) to my card blanks
and sew a simple "straight" line.
When I get to the corner, I lift the foot and turn the card.
I then put the foot back down and begin sewing again
until I reach the next corner.
I carefully go around the whole card.
This is the back view of the front of the card.
For this set of cards I have decided all strings
should be on the inside of the card.
I pull the strings to the back carefully with my seam ripper tip
and trim the thread.
This is the first set of note cards I have used with pink thread.
The deckle edge makes it look more natural.
All 5 cards finished.
This has been an enjoyable process for me because
it uses a variety of mediums and techniques!
Here's a close up of each card...
The starfish is a soft pink on this card.
I love how the watercolors make the print really pop!
Love the color combination on this one.
Can you see where I left a portion of this card without watercolor?
I thought it went well with this color combination.
Orange and pink together -
one of my favorite color combinations.
I love going from printing to painting to sewing -
truly mixed media.
You can see these and more cards in my shop -
hopping all around my studio on this artist holiday,