Painting outside the lines is (to me) more fun than being confined by rules and boxes. I once wrote a blog post on Coloring Books for Grown Ups asking if we really need them… But not matter your opinion about coloring books and coloring pages, I think it’s always interesting to find new ways to use our materials.
I bought a set of coloring book postcards at a flea market, and decided to color them in using acrylic paint and a big, messy paint brush. And it was fun! Messy and not neat, but fun.
I don’t know how innovative this idea was, but I enjoyed it and thought I’d share some of the process with you in video form below to inspire you to play along. Later I still got into the nitty-gritty of coloring in details with pens, but they main idea is still the same. Do whatever you want! Splotch on paint and ignore the tiny details of the coloring book pages – if you want to!
Here’s the video of these printed coloring page postcards that I used to express my own messy self on for the DIY Postcard Swap last year, and now finally edited together.
I hope you find this video inspiring.
Paint messy postcards outside the lines – click to watch the video on YouTube, where you’ll also find the playlist Mail Art with all previous videos I’ve done on the subject. Yum!
Here are some of the ones I sent out last year:
I think that an artistic and personally made coloring page postcard is just as fun to get in the mail as a stamped and colored postcard or a handmade postcard decorated with bought stickers. It might not be “original art” made by me, but as a one-of-a-kind postcard I think they are good enough. I especially love that I added in a message on top of the finished paint work. What do you think?
If you would like to send out your own style of postcards the DIY Postcard Swap that I host, and that is celebrating it’s tenth year this year, is still open. But hurry, there’s only this week left to join in!