Saturday, February 25, 2017

What's on your Workdesk? Wednesday: An Altered Postcard

On my desk after a morning of creating is an altered postcard, Listen to My Heart art journal, recently purchased collection of old photos, and new coffee mug from the clearance at Pier 1 Imports.  My underpaper desperately needs changing but I always am too busy painting to bother  

I enjoy taking an ugly postcard and turning it into a work of art! These can be created while you are waiting on another project to dry.

Step 1: Go through your PC stash and find one that you dislike, find ugly, or simply would never send to anyone.

Step 2: Cover it with gesso.

Step 3: Paint it.

Step 4: Glue on scrap(s) of paper.  If going through the mail use a strong adhesive.

Step 5: Paint the edges of the paper.

Step 6: Add torn bits of decorative tape. (if mailing, use glue stick to on the sticky side to ensure it stays in place on its journey).

Step 7: Add a quote or a note and any other little touches.  I added some blue glitter paint.
From ugly to beautiful in less than 30 minutes!

Returning to What’sonYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!


  1. Morning Diane. The postcard is great - well done. I like your journal page - fascinating.
    Take care dear heart. God bless.
    Margaret #9

  2. Brilliant use of an old postcard. Thanks for the step by step. Sarah #24

  3. Wonderful desky share Diane, I do so love the smile greeting it is is a lovely stamp ,and thanks for popping over too and your lovely comment.
    Happy WOYWW!!!
    Shaz in Oz.x 6

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  4. Hi Diane! I haven't visited in absolute ages - you just fell off my radar! I'm so glad you joined in again on WOYWW! Love your altered postcard - I have altered some tarot cards in a similar fashion. There's something about a deck of cards that's so appealing. Your journal looks intriguing in the middle of your desk. Happy Wednesday and thanks for visiting! zsuzsa #26

  5. oo ooo ooo oh... do you want to swap mail art??? private message me your addie or look me up on Facebook so you can private message - 'Donna Garner' - 'aint it good to be the right side of fifty and making art????

  6. Well Diane, I love everything that is on your Workdesk today. Especially your underpaper! And your postcard is great! There is an online LIBERATE YOUR ART POSTCARD SWAP that I belong to. It's great getting mail art!

  7. Beautiful work! Love the altered postcard.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #34

  8. Great idea Diane, love how quickly that came together. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #8 XXX

  9. It would also be cool to keep some of the original image in the postcard, making it look very retro! I kind of thought the guy with the pig was cute! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #40

  10. Really enjoyed the step by step process you took us through - very interesting and a lovely end product.
    Hugs & Thanks for the visit to mine earlier,
    Neet 2 xx

  11. What a cool tutorial. Thank you for sharing it.
    April #37

  12. loving your now pretty card! sorry I'm late returning visits. Helen #5

  13. Hi Diane. I actually liked the photo with the pig he was quite cute. Your art journal looks interesting, hope to see more. Happy woyww, Angela x 21

  14. Wonderful little tutorial. Very cute post card! Dorlene #41

  15. I liked your picture as it was but your made a lovely pretty card with it which I liked too. Tracy #27

  16. Diane, I simply love your desk, so full of colour and creativity! Your underpaper is developing into a work of art in its own right and should be celebrated. Please don't throw it away but use it to create a background for a project! I keep all my scratch papers (that I clean off paint brushes and stamps on) and kitchen papers used for mopping up for this purpose and now have a box full of these gloriously coloured sheets in many colours. Your altered postcard is brilliant and I love how the gesso lends it such a muted look, and how you've built up all those gorgeous layers. Thank you for your lovely comment - and especially for your prayers and good wishes for my recovery which is happening slowy and surely. As for Ken Oliver's Powder Bursts, I am not familiar with these paints but assume they'd be something like Brushos. Infusions are more subtle in colour, and have a 2-stage process - dry them off immediately and you just get the colour, or leave them to "mature" and the walnut pieces give a wonderful brown grungy effect.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #29

  17. Ooh, I love the altered postcard! I have lots of 'ugly cards' so I will definitely go through the stack to find some to work on! Have a great week (as it is already a new week!) Love from Holland, Marit #30


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