Postcard Art Inspired by ‘Desiderata’

Postcard Art Doesn’t Take Days to Make and is Fun When the Theme Inspires

Postcard Art Inspired by Desiderata

Is anyone not inspired by Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata“? As soon as I heard that it was the theme June Crawford chose for the A Creative Dream fall postcard art swap, I signed up.

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence … Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” What better way than to go through life with a smile. Did you know that smiles beget smiles and that the very act of smiling makes you feel better, calmer, more peaceful?

“Be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.” (Max Erhmann, “Desiderata”)

Postcard Art Papers

Creating “Desiderata”-Inspired Postcard Art

I used an old blue manila folder for  the 4 x 6 postcard art base and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Adirondack Distress Ink. Two scraps of coordinating paper by Hillary Duysen (“Aqua Writings” Stampington artist papers) form the postcard art background.

The meadow Stamp is by Inkadinkadoo. I used Color Box pigment inks blended over the image stamp before stamping: maroon and green (from the Classic Collection) and canary (from the Enchantment Color Box set).

After tearing one edge and gluing the scraps down, I used a blending tool to apply distress ink along the tear and to darken the lighter scrap a bit. The torn paper edge soaks up the ink more so it stands out nicely.

Postcard Art Stamped with Color Box Inks

Next I stamped the word art, which is from Fiskars 8 x 8 clear acrylic sheet of “Laugh with Me” quote stamps. The 8 x 8 acrylic sheets of stamps are great buys. This particular one contains 18 word art stamps plus a few embellishment stamps.

The mandala rubber stamp by Hampton Art ties the postcard art together nicely. I stamped one mandala darkly to spread across the tear and then a few partial ones lightly around the edges of the smaller scrap.

Finally, I used a Black Pitt pen to highlight some of the details.

Feeling inspired, I created a second piece of postcard art with pretty much the same materials, except that the background paper is from a book of 12 x 12 scrapbook papers.

Postcard Art Inspired by Desiderata

I often make more than one card – whether it’s postcard art or greetings cards. They’re small, don’t take days to create and either:

  1. I’m not happy with my first effort and want to improve on it or
  2. I like what I’ve done and decide to do more.

Reason #1 is a challenge; #2 is pure fun. How about you? Do you frequently make multiples or do you create one-of-a kind pieces?

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  1. Oh yes! I almost always make more than one at a time. Usually two sometimes more…. Love these postcards Eileen! I haven’t tried much paper tearing…..I might have to give it a go….. :)Right now i’m working on a few postcards with textured backgrounds……. Hugs! deb

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