Where to find the perfect postcard?

Hunting down the perfect postcard I know how that is…Read this story I know how she feels.

Wait Just One Moment.

My afternoon adventure for the day was the Marché aux Timbres et aux Cartes Téléphoniques, a market that specializes in stamps and vintage postcards. Back in Chicago, my room has white walls, so throughout these past ten weeks, I’ve been searching for art prints from various museums to add some color to my life. I’m not sure if the vintage postcards that I bought will make it onto the wall, but they’re just cool in general, so it was worth the effort to find them.

The market is located at the end of the Champs-Élysées, near the Grand and Petit Palais, in a little park. Every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, from morning to afternoon, vendors set up tents and little card holders and laminated sheets of stamps, postcards, and old letters. Because I went after class, there weren’t many sellers left, but one was selling postcards of Paris from the early…

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Custom Gifts This Holiday Season

I have seen a lot of cool and funny gift ideas this holiday season especially on Squidoo. This is a gifter’s paradise as well as on Etsy where handmade is the name of the game. Make your gifts more personal and memorable by giving something personal or…

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Custom 3D Postcard Paintings Instructions: A Paint and Sculpt By Numbers Guide

1) Gather the materials you will need to complete the project I have provide a recommended list: canvas, air dry clay, paint brushes fat and thin, super glue, paint primary colors plus black and white or whatever colors you want if you don’t want to mix them, sealer, pallet or paper plate to mix color, cup for rinsing brushes preferably one dedicated to this (do not drink out of it), clay tools, pencil either black or white to draw your design on the canvas plus an eraser, old towel to dry brushes, plastic bag preferably a Ziploc bag gallon size

2) First get your pencil, eraser and canvas plus your reference material i.e. magazine or internet

3) Come up with an idea for your masterpiece either from flipping through a magazine or surf the web and save the pics to your computer as a reference.

4) Once you have your materials then sketch your design (only need a rough sketch) onto your canvas and think about what element you want to pop out the most that will be your sculpt.

5) After you sketch your design onto the canvas, then begin to sculpt your 3D element you picked to emphasize on your painting. I recommend using a Ziploc bag to put your canvas in and sculpt on top of he bag so you can get the size and dimension right plus you keep your canvas clean and you can easily peel off the piece without breaking it. Once sculpted follow the direction to dry. Dry time varies depending on how thick you made your sculpt. My sculpt will take 3 to 4 hours, but you can use polymer clay and dry in the oven much quicker.

6) While your sculpt is drying, you can begin to paint the background with your design remember to use  your reference pics you saved to paint to make it easier for you.

7) Once your sculpt is dry then paint it and let that dry. After it dries and you are satisfied with it, then super glue it or use a strong adhesive to your painting where you want it so it can dry.

8) Finally once everything is dry and secure you can varnish or seal it with whatever you want and let that dry overnight.

9) Voila! You have your very own masterpiece and 3D postcard painting. Leave a message on the back and surprise your friends and family with this unique gift.

To see more of my creations please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenGardenInspiration Make it your own! Come up with the idea and let me use my imagination to take it to the next level.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Custom 3D Postcard Paintings

Custom 3D Postcard Painting: A Paint and Sculpt by Numbers Guide

Create your own lasting memories with custom 3D postcard paintings that your family and friends will enjoy for years to come. Great gift idea for any and every occassion. Leave a message or moment on the back to personalize your memories. For written instructions visit: https://craftymcclever.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/custom_3d_postcards/

Find out more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenGardenInspiration

Visit my blog at https://craftymcclever.wordpress.com/the_story/

Be Original: Handmade and Heartfelt

Zen Garden Gallery

A collection of my 3D postcard paintings so far. I add to them every other day and continue to look for new ideas. Great gift idea for any and every occassion. Leave a message or moment on the back to personalize your memories.

Find out more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZenGardenInspiration

Visit my blog at https://craftymcclever.wordpress.com/the_story/