How-to project: Holiday postcards

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards

As The Travelling Bookbinder prepares to take a break, (to concentrate on BookLove and something *new*) it seems the perfect time for a how-to project creating holiday postcards – a set of stationery that will last through the summer.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: You'll need

You’ll need:

  • One large sheet of thick paper or thin card. I’m using 300gsm (140lb) Bockingford Watercolour paper, 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 inches) short grain
  • Scrap paper to practice
  • Ink or paint in your two favourite (contrasting) colours
  • Big brush
  • Small brush
  • Pot of water
  • Cutting knife or ruler and scalpel or scissors
  • Space to make a mess

Step-by-step:

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Practice marks

Using just one of your colours, and the big brush, try out loose, happy shapes on the spare paper. Joyful bright bands, swirls, loops, zig zags, dots…anything goes.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Loose and free shapes

When you’ve decided on the particular swishy marks that you like, take a deep breath, roll your shoulders around to keep them loose, maybe put some music on, and spread the joy onto the large sheet. Just one side.

Leave to dry while you’re making a list of who will receive one of these limited edition postcards.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Cut in half
The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Cut in quarters
The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Cut in eighths

If you have a cutting knife, then fold the paper and slit it and fold again, until you have sixteen rectangles. If you’re using a scalpel or scissors then lightly mark cutting lines in pencil. Snuffy is willing the ink to dry faster.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Divided into sixteen

Admire the happenstance of new compositions.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Add motif in contrasting colour - a heart and stars

Now, decide on a motif to add in your contrasting colour – a word, a love heart, a star, a smile, a kiss, a boat, a name… Add this to each of your sixteen cards. I chose a heart and simple stars.

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Finished set

Reassemble one last time in a grid, and maybe take a souvenir photograph.

Then turn over, and get writing. I like to add love to my missives with a coloured-in heart.

Don’t forget the stamp!

You could make a little portfolio or folder to keep the set safe.

Please share your Holiday Postcard series on the socials – @thetravellingbookbinder on Instagram, @thetravellingbookbinder on facebook and @paperhazell on Twitter. Or e-mail Rachel directly.

Wishing you happy corresponding, wherever you are!

The Travelling Bookbinder: How-to project: Holiday Postcards: Sixteen postcards ready to send

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