Postcards from the Edge

I’ve gotten a few postcards from my friend Avril when she lived in Ireland until recently. Here are some postcards I’d like to share.

Avril sent me three cards from Ireland, but I’m missing one. I got it, but I can’t seem to find it. So what could have been the Irish triptych is now a diptych.

Ireland is full of writers and poets, some famous ones in fact. Here is a stern portrait of William Butler Yeats:

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International Postcard Reveal

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Japonaiserie 2, originally uploaded by shindohd.

A week ago, I sent a postcard to my first international recipient. Yesterday, Sara Ringham, a “Yaussie” in New South Wales, confirmed that she got this creation of mine.

I’m glad to have made a new friend in the blogosphere.

Sara, it makes my day to hear that that the postcard made your day. Hang in there. Good luck on the job search.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Postcard Basics

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Postcard Basics, originally uploaded by shindohd.

I went to Blick’s in Little Italy and I picked up some postcard paper and glue sticks. I normally get the Strathmore Watercolor Postcards (4 x 6), but I could not find them where I found them last, a special section for artistic cards. Instead, I found Canson Watercolor Postcards (5 x 7) and decided to try them out. When looking for 100 lb paper to cut into 4 x 6 rectangles, I found the Stathmore cards in the drawing paper section.

Glue sticks always come in handy for collaging. I like to use purple UHU glue sticks because I can see the glue while it’s wet. I don’t like to use liquid qlue because it wrinkles paper. It’s stronger, but I work better with glue sticks.

Pencils are handy to have around for sketching, planning, etc.

Exacto knives are a collage artist’s best friend. I got exposed to them in design school, and scissors have never been adequate afterwards. The advantage of the Exacto knife is that you can hold it like a stylus. However, handle with care. I’ve gotten my fair share of nicks and cuts over the years.

Fixative is good for collages or chalk drawings (which I also like to do). I prefer a flat fixative, though glossy has its uses. Both of them have a way of ruining the original effect, but it’s minimal with the flat.

Gold marker is a staple for me largely due to having done the Gold Lady images over the years. It’s still great for putting the finishing touches on her image, but I also like using the pen for other effects.

I also picked up some tracing paper, which can add some interesting elements to the cards. I can make tracings or I can use tracing paper to temper some bright marker work among many things.

In general, I hate being in the art store. Oh, I really love it. What I hate is that there are so much art supplies I’d love to have, but so little cash. Prismacolor markers and pencils beckon me as do paints, brushes, inks, papers, and tools. It’s just a matter of determining what I need vs. what I want.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Barbeque Sauce… m-m-m!

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BBQpostcard, originally uploaded by robwilliamsdotorg.

I checked my PO box this afternoon and I received this wonderful card from Rob. It really made my day to get it. He’s also part of the Post Due collective, and we’ve both had a wonderful time making post cards. He’s the one who got me into it.

I think there’s room for Faye to be the Gold Lady. Most of her manifestations are the major divas, but there’s also room for Faye.

A few days ago, I received the very fun postcard from Chris Gregori, who was one of my partners assigned by the Swapbot. As for the other swap partner, I haven’t gotten a card from her. Ahem. I’m sure it will be fun.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Postcard Swap

I got my postcard swap partners this week from Post Due. I then sent the cards to them this afternoon. Now as promised…

I’m about to reveal my newest postcard swap partners! (audience goes into a frenzy)

Drumroll, please!

1! 2! 3! (crowd goes crazy)

(pointing to Rob) You get a postcard!

Touched By The Hand of the Gold Lady

(pointing to Darlyle from Colorado) You get a postcard!

Scap Collage

These cards only cost less than $1 each to make. Your wildest dreams have come true!

(I scream, fall on the ground, and kick up my feet).

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Postcard Swap

I got my postcard swap partners this week from Post Due. I then sent the cards to them this afternoon. Now as promised…

I’m about to reveal my newest postcard swap partners! (audience goes into a frenzy)

Drumroll, please!

1! 2! 3! (crowd goes crazy)

(pointing to Rob) You get a postcard!

Touched By The Hand of the Gold Lady

(pointing to Darlyle from Colorado) You get a postcard!

Scap Collage

These cards only cost less than $1 each to make. Your wildest dreams have come true!

(I scream, fall on the ground, and kick up my feet).

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003

Griffin and Sabine and some more

Griffin and Sabine

For anyone who likes artbooks or even literary work that integrates visuals, Nick Bantock‘s Griffin and Sabine is a must read. This brief epistolary novel consists of postcards and letters exchanged between the titular characters who create their own postcards. Griffin is a depressed artist living in London who one day receives a postcard from Sabine, who claims to have a special connection. As the story progresses, Griffin begins to feel intimate with his penpal, but isn’t sure if Sabine is a real person.

The emotional level of their correspondence is one layer of the story. The postcards exchanged is the main attraction, full of amazing visuals and symbols of Griffin’s mental and emotional state. Some of Sabine’s cards evoke the milieu of the South Sea Islands while some others are interpreted by Griffin as to mean what she represents to him.

There are two more books in this trilogy and three more after that. Read them for art, inspiration, or the love story by post.

I sent a few postcards yesterday.
I sent this one out to my former across the hall neighbor Darwin:

Vous etes magnifique!

Text: Vous etes magnifigue. Translation: You are magnificent.

This one goes out to Benji, the manager of the building where I used to live:

Japonaiserie 4

This one goes out to Warren in Downtown San Diego:

Gold Lotus

I scrawled the last line from Banana Yoshimoto’s NP for the one I sent to Brian Leung, whom I owe a letter:

Shockingly Beautiful, Enough To Make You Crazy

Here is the one I sent to Ted, Rob’s partner. Rob, if you’re reading up on this for the first time, is a fellow adjunct college teacher and the one who got me into this post card exchange.

This is not a postcard

I got some swap partners from Post Due. I’ll announce them tomorrow, perhaps with a Tyra style “Drumroll, please!” Then I’ll fall on the ground, kick my feet, and scream.

If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:

shinichi evans
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003