Tuesday, July 19, 2011

You Bug Me Part 1

For July the Mail Art Gang had the theme "You Bug Me" (also known as Bug Love). Here is what I did (now recieved by everyone participating).
We had to "draw" something - that was the challenge so I had to "draw" (no pun intended) on my inner child.
I did make a sketch first as I  did not have a clue what I was doing.
I ended up doing the back first - I had originally thought I might put the address in the hat but I kinda liked the whole picture without any text. All I used was water colour pencils on water colour paper.
 The front design reflects all the decorative painting I took in the 1990's - I still have all the brushes and acrylic paints from that "stage" of my artsy career. To protect my work, I sprayed with two coats of Krylon Matte Finish.
I also wanted to include something buggy for my friends and made a mini quilt for each. How fitting I could take a pic with my Bee Balm in the garden (which had a lovely Bumble Bee hoovering, but not willing to stay long enough for a personal shoot).
The base for the mini quilts was an old piece of upholstery. I layered with vintage lace and ribbon and an image I printed on to fabric. Added an old button for a finishing touch and voila.
I packaged in some old gift wrap I thrifted (another post I think) and added a little "bee" card. My next post will be on all the lovely Mail Art I recieved in return. Enjoy! Jewels


  1. I "bee" impressed with this lovely work, Julie. You have found your niche! Love it. Carol

  2. Such a joy to get this MailArt. I loved the garden buggy hat and could appreciate the sketch as I did a similar thing. I thought the Mini-quilt was fantastic. It made a rainy day so sunny. You go girl!

  3. Oh my goodness Jewel you are just so talented!! I realy love those bee tags! It sounds like you just threw them together with what you had and then there they were a beautiful tag!! Amazing, Love XO Fran.

  4. I enjoyed your envelope immensely, jewels!! I was not expecting such a beautiful little mini bee quilt and I loved your hand drawn mail art -both sides! thank you so much. xo lenna