I love sending and receiving mail. In the past, I’ve spent hours laboriously gluing paper Christmas trees to cards and mailing them out to my nearest and dearest. But this year, I taught right up to December 23, and didn’t have the desire to spend time making a ton of individual holiday cards this year. Also, I’ve always loved it when people send cards at a bit less traditional times: New Years, Valentines Day, etc. and having a holiday time crunch seemed to be the perfect excuse to send things a bit later.
I have been playing around with watercolor and gouache and decided it’d be fun to combine the two to make a New Years postcard. See also: easier, because I could paint one and have it printed.
I sat down in front of the Christmas tree every night for a few nights and just played with paint.
I wanted to come up with a cheerful sentiment for a new year, but without it being a) too long and b) lame and unoriginal. After playing with a lot of different phrases, color combos and ideas, I finally came up with this:
It was colorful and cheery, which is what I wanted. A bit non-traditional, but my secret (or now, not so secret!) hope was that it wouldn’t get tossed out, but maybe displayed on a bulletin board or something since it didn’t scream HOLIDAYS. I used watercolor for the background and then painted the “Shine bright” in black gouache once it had dried.
I took a photograph of the painting, and created a simple back that looked like a postcard and just typed “Happy 2012!” at the top:
I had them printed through VistaPrint (no compensation here, friends—they were fast and cheap!) and I really liked how they turned out. The finished product was glossy on the front and matte on the back.
I had a great time filling them out for friends and sending them out into the world. I will definitely be using this method again in the future!