We have started postcard exchanges in the Three Creative Studios Forum and the theme for the first one was "On Broadway". The funny thing is that I came up with the theme and then I REALLY struggled to come up with an idea. In the future I should make sure I have an idea for a theme before I publish it!
This card is a great example of the reason that I make fabric postcards. I started doing them as a prompt to try new techniques and materials. It's relative safe and easy to make something in a small format and, frankly, it doesn't matter if it's not a perfect piece of art. These exchanges are all about the experience and the fun of receiving cards in the mail.
Which brings me to this card. I do not particularly like it from a design perspective but it was good experience from a technical perspective. In case you can't tell, this card is a tribute to The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running musical on Broadway. I cut out the mask shape in paper and used it as a screen printing mask and printed white on black. I had not used paper as a screen mask before but it worked great and I got 8 good images from it. I probably could have gotten a few more prints but I didn't need that many. The rest of the card is made from an image printed on fabric and fused to the card, a strip of silver silk fabric and some red cording. Like I said, it's not great, it's really kind of spooky. But it was a great exercise and it gave me even more ideas for using that screen printing technique.
In a couple of weeks I will post photos of all of the On Broadway cards on the Three Creative Studios blog. Meanwhile, check it out on Fridays where we run a "Spotlight On...." article highlighting some tool or material that we are using in our studio that week. We would love to hear what's in the spotlight in your studio this week!