Sunday, 5 May 2013

More Mail Me Some Art

The brief for the next project for Mail Me Some Art was to alter a playing card or cards. So, that is what I have been doing of late. I didn't  realize how difficult it was going to be. But in the end they worked out OK.  Below are the ones I am sending to America to be swapped. I also made small envelopes for them all. But forgot to take pictures of them.
You have to leave part of the card showing so everyone knows it is a playing card that has been altered. I have used some of the makeshift gelli plate backgrounds that I have been experimenting with on most of the cards. I have to do something with them!!!!!

These cards have really taxed me as it's such a small scale to work with. But I have really enjoyed the experience.

This one I made a small tag and glued it to the card. Again  I used a background from my stockpile or mountain as my husband calls it of makeshift gelli plate prints.

All sorts of things going on here.

Background print again plus embellishment sewn on. I painted the card with black gesso first.

This one is cut out of piece of old artwork that I had laying around.

Again part of an old piece of artwork.

Here I stuck five cards together. On the front card I added a brad and the usual stickles and tulip paints.
 Well now I am up and ready for the next challenge that is to produce a postcard size piece of art but, the colour has to be varying shades of red. Well here we go again taxing my very small brain. I think it's down to MMSA that I have got my mojo back..........

Hey Jen if you do get round to reading this post I hope my blog is still running along the same lines as before and you can leave comments as normal.We can only see????? Fingers crossed. I?m still struggling with yours. What has happened?????


  1. Love each and everyone of these. so glad you are creating up a storm here. xoxoxoxo

  2. I love these! What an interesting concept.

  3. great art, melva. so lovely and colourful

  4. Melva, the book by Alissa Golden is the one I use the most for bookmaking. I think it is the best one out there! Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog!

  5. Hi Melva,
    I received "Mrs. Pinky Winky" in the MMSA pink swap and I love it. It is winking at me from a corner of my desk. It is nice to meet you and your blog is fantastic. It is fun to learn new techniques from other swappers. Ellen

  6. I received the beautiful MMSA Altered Card 4 with flower yesterday! And its cute envelope. Thank you.

  7. I received your lovely spades straight playing cards and I love what you've done with ALL your cards!! Thanks so much. You DO awesome work. xoxo

  8. I received your Jack of diamonds altered playing card in the MMSA swap. It is gorgeous and I really like what you did on all the cards. I enjoy seeing new techniques that I can attempt to try myself. I absolutely love getting art in the mail. Hope you are having a good day and see you at the swaps.

  9. Hi from California!
    I recieved your seven of spades in the mail yesterday. I love the texture of the silver dots, and of course the silver star. Thanks a lot! It always brightens my day to get mail art.
    Trula R.

  10. Hi Melva,
    I received one of your MMSA Red Postcard Swap cards. It was the hand painted silk, vegetable bag and red glitter glue submission. It is lovely. I am a fan of your work. I like how you explained your technique because as I have said before, it allows me to collect ideas to use myself. I keep a rotating art show going of the art I receive in my mailbox and I am so happy to own another of your pieces. Hope to see you again soon at the swaps.

  11. Hello from northern California - I received the 2 of spades with the bit of old artwork on it. Don't tell but it was my favorite one of the 4 I received. I love getting original painted art so was pleased to see it.

    Happy arting, Leslie

  12. Hi just had to come look again love each and everyone of them. thanks for sharing. xxoxo