This week has included the making of ten ‘DIY postcards’ for the international postcard swap organised by Swedish artist iHanna. I wrote about the way the swap works in the blog post here. I enjoyed the Spring swap so much, I joined the Autumn one with pleasure, deciding to make autumn my theme. The week also included a walk in County Durham that I had never done before. Several of the sights on the walk were themselves like artworks – just beautiful. So I am sharing these with you too.
This is the set of cards. They were make from recycled medium-weight card, drawn in permanent ink and painted in acrylic paint (including a touch of gold on each card). The quotations about autumn were written in ink around the images in black pen. The address side was written on cream parchment-look paper (just glimpsed in a photo further down).
This was the start of the walk. It’s just next to a busy road I drove up and down for six years, travelling to work as a teacher – and I never knew it was there.
All the subjects of the cards are taken from the countryside. The blackberries are finished now, sadly, but there are multi-coloured leaves in abundance.
This tree looked spectacular, standing on its own against the greener background.
The ferns were at different stage of turning colour.
The mix of copper and gold is striking.
There were oak trees on the way, but no acorns to be seen on the ground, oddly. Perhaps they have all been dispersed now – eaten, collected, stored perhaps?
We finished back at the start, with this view of the river. The skies were grey but we escaped the rain entirely,
And the postcards have now been sent out across the world. The postmaster gave me decorative stamps (Rupert Bear!), which was unexpected.
The ‘Copper and Gold’ quilt uses all these autumn colours: