Saturday, April 14, 2012

Postcards as Art

I read on another blog recently how postcards are a great way to collect art without spending a fortune. It struck me as a great idea -- and then I realized I already knew it, lol!

Just inside the front door of our house is a collection of framed postcards featuring historical pen and ink drawings of the village in England that I grew up in. I've got them framed separately, in identical 5 x 7 frames, and they are grouped in a collection on the wall.

I could probably have mounted them together in a large shadow box.  I did that once with inlaid wood drink coasters and it made a lovely display on the wall (until it fell and broke). Postcards wouldn't be so heavy, and with a suitable method of hanging, I'm sure it would be a lot more secure!

Below is a postcard featuring my first ever artwork that I created in the 3D graphic program Bryce.  I did this in 2004 but more recently I played around with it in Photoshop Elements and applied the palette knife filter and tweaked it till I was happy with the result.
Impressionist-Inspired Sailing Ship Postcard zazzle_postcard
Impressionist-Inspired Sailing Ship Postcard by 3DDesignsByJayne

I did this particular artwork in Daz 2 point something or other in 2008, for an online art contest.  The theme was "You Animal, You".  I got second place with this fairy and tiger walking side by side in the jungle.  I can now officially say I'm an award winning artist!  LOL!
Fairy and Tiger in the Jungle Postcard zazzle_postcard
Fairy and Tiger in the Jungle Postcard by 3DDesignsByJayne

Here are some more "postcards as art" created by my fellow artists at Zazzle.

The Art Nouveau style has long been one of my favorites. When I was a teen, I had Art Nouveau posters on my wall. I loved the lines, the colors, the sense of romance and beauty.  Now I could do it again, in miniature, with these beautiful postcards.

I love the season of fall. Even though we don't get much in the way of fall color down here in Texas, I love paintings and photos depicted autumn scenes like these.

Wouldn't these make a nice wall grouping?

And who doesn't love Cicely M. Barker's delightful flower fairies? Would they make a lovely grouping on the wall in a girl's room?

THE SWEET PEA FAIRIES zazzle_postcard
THE SWEET PEA FAIRIES by flower_fairies

As you can see, whatever your preference of subject matter or style, you can find it and create a collection with it.

The only rule -- have fun!


  1. Thank you for posting my postcard! And also for the Mucha - MyOtherPlanet is my best friend. This is my only Blogspot ID...the blog itself has been dead for years. Best wishes, Vicky Brago-Mitchell (bragova, masterpiecesofart, vintagetreasurechest on Zazzle).

  2. You're very welcome Vicky. I love the work of Alfonse Mucha. You could always start up your blog again. I've been keeping a garden blog for a few years and just started this one in conjunction with my art and online store.