I have spent a lot of time lately working on my postcard for Postcards from the Edge. For some reason it was a serious struggle. I think both having a very short timeframe and also knowing that I needed to make something for public consumption made me a bit uptight about it. I didn’t have much time to let it rest and come back to it and let it evolve slowly, so I went through a definite period of overworking it. I figured it was going to be one of those pieces that goes through a place of awfulness but that I end up really loving, and that is indeed what happened!
A start- I actually really like this and later wished I could just undo all the stuff I did and come back to this stage.
Things are really starting to go awry at this point.
Removed the dark circle which is somewhat better but it’s just weird. I don’t like how bright the yellow is, or any of the colors really except the lower portion.
Maybe if I add some more texture and lines it’ll get better! (Nope).
The pivotal point at which I say “F*ck it” and cut the whole damn thing apart. Maybe I can at least salvage the bottom part that I like.
Ok, this part is fine. I decide to go in a 3D direction and add paper tabs to the back of this piece so it is elevated. I’ve never actually done this before although it’s something I’ve been wanting to play with.
Adding a whole new element from another collage that was languishing in my scrap pile.
Things are getting really crazy here. I start thinking about having pieces stick out from the main 4×6 rectangle but reject that as it will probably be too fragile to send in the mail and also I figure it’s best to stick to the postcard size. The yellow circle is also elevated.
The finished piece. I spent a ridiculous amount of time adding sun rays to that yellow circle but ended up scrapping the whole thing and adding a wolf instead. I’m really happy with this final piece!