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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mixed Media Mayhem - Post & Postage - A Note from the Sea

In my "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" phase I sorted out piles of postage ephemera including stamps and photocopies. I tried to use them in a variety of journal entries.  I was happy to see the Post and Postage challenge on the Art Journal Journey blog.

 It was the end of the school year and I wanted to make a thank you note to my students at Indian River Academy where we had worked on a literacy/art project based on the work of James Prosek whose Ocean Fishes are on exhibition at VBMA.  In addition to the postage with fish images, I had several fish prints that I had generated for samples for the Japanese Gyotaku lesson and the brochure for Prosek's show.

After building a base coat of acrylic paints applied with a palette knife I was ready to layer on the imagery.  My fish print was on deli paper.  Adding this print provided a translucent top layer for a watery effect. Using postage stamps and rubber stamps of postal marks, I composed my note.  The bright yellow title from the museum brochure was added for contrast.


  1. This is lovely Linda, great idea to couple it with a tribute to your Grade 4 Students. Good that you saved all those lovely stamps! Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, Valerie

  2. What an interesting project did you have with the Grade 4 Students Linda! The page is wonderful and I am really happy that you share it with us at Art Journal Journey!
    Thanks a lot!

  3. Full of fantasy and great ideas are these pages. I like the famous fish stamp.

  4. Fabulous spread. I love how you combined 2 of my favorite things- fish and the mail. Great colors too.

  5. fantastic pages,great ideas in your mail art,love the fish.
    love the postage images and the great soft colors.

    greetings jeannette

  6. Terrific ideas on this wonderful spread

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Great fish print. And what a good collection of fish stamps you had. Love the pages.

  8. I love the big fish-print - great pages! Ulrike

  9. Gorgeous postal art- the colors are scrumptious!

  10. What a great take on the challenge, Linda! LOVE your fish - it looks just wonderful and the background is yummy too!