Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rubber Stamp and Zentangle Mail Art

I took a week away from blogging to visit my friends and family in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  When I got home, I found it surprisingly difficult to get back into the "swing" of blogging, so I ended up taking another week off!

A couple weeks before my vacation, I sent out some postcards to blogging friends, making use of two of my current favorite pastimes--self-carved rubber stamps and Zentangles.  At some point, I will share all of the rubber stamps that I've carved, but for now, I'll share the fronts of the postcards, which display a selection:
I used a light color Distress Ink (Antique Linen, I think) to stamp background images, and then used the Fired Brick Distress Ink to bring some of the images into the foreground.  I used the same Fired Brick to ink the edges of the cards:
On the back, I created borders around the edges using different Zentangle and Zenspirations designs:
Here are the borders on the other sides:
This turned out to be a great way to practice a lot of different designs!

I am hoping that my friends and readers will find their way back to Drawing Near after my lengthy hiatus!  I am glad to be back.

11 comments:

Janet said...

The postcards are wonderful! I love mine.

A break from blogging is needed from time to time. I haven't done very much blogging recently because I've been busy with other things but I'll always find my way here when I can. You always inspire me.

Jo Murray said...

Those cards are awesome!!! Love your stamps AND your tangles.

uncustomary said...

Oh my gosh! So creative!!

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Cool cards -- and welcome back!

Adriann said...

I'm a fan! Love the Hello stamp.

April Cole said...

Always good to step back... Take a Blog break... and rejuvenate!!!

** welcome back ~xx

laurie said...

I was thrilled to come home from work one day and find I had received a fun, artful greeting from you in the mail! There is nothing like knowing someone thought of you to make glow with happiness. Thank you so very much!

lee said...

I agree those cards are great, you are also a great stamp carver, I somehow cant get the hang of it

Parabolic Muse said...

I will always find my way to your blog because it's fantastic. Those zentangles slay me. I love them! I think you and Karen must be the queens of mail art. I'm always so impressed with your craft and attention to detail, Andria.
I'm glad you got to visit with family. Don't be hard on yourself about the blog. The art is the soul, the blog is the 'business' and the letter to friends. We are there!

KR said...

Hi Andria, I love your carved rubber stamps, also zentangle borders. You are so talented! Honi

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