Above is a shot of my recent sent mail art. The PC on the bottom is a postcard I made for the Transparency Layers Mail Art swap over at Super Mail Artists group on Swap-Bot. I like swaps like these, that challenge me to work outside my comfort zone and see what I can come up with. Let's take a closer look at it.
The idea of the swap was to have 3 transparent layers overlapping and ideally telling a story. I hardly ever use transparencies in my work, so this was definitely a fun challenge. The base is 1/4 of an A4 on which i used acrylic paints on, which I mounted on card stock. I added mesh, a strip of gelli print on tracing paper, rubber stamps, the fountain pen image from a Montblanc catalog and then came the transparencies. The Edgar Allen Poe image from Carmen's Veranda was stamped, as well as the word Daily and the hand holding the paper, on a transparency sheet and cut out and glued on with permanent glue strip roller from Pritt. The sheet on the left side with all the words came in last. I love the black and white contrast of the transparency layers used and the way the bright colors shines through them. I continued with the transparency theme on the back.
And added a pocket for a letter to my partner and included some fun confetti rounds for some cheerful color. I secured the pocket with glue on the back and masking tape around it.
Then I inserted everything into a see through cellophane bag as an "envelope" to add an extra layer over the back with stickers and writing. Transparency layered to the max!! I was happy to hear my partner enjoyed receiving this in the mail!
Since this was such a fun thing to do, I might incorporate this to other pieces in my mail art as well :)
Hope this inspired you to work with transparencies in your own work :)
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!