Friday, 13 April 2012

Postcard from Iceland


 We're off to Iceland with Darcy's postcard challenge
Oddly enough it was this time two years ago almost to the day,
that my flight home to NZ was cancelled because of the 
ash cloud from Iceland's Mount Eyjafjallajokull 
covering Europe 
 I took this week's inspiration from the many eerie photos
 of the countryside covered in ash 
 I had ideas about missing puzzle pieces and wotnot
but my characters have gone AWOL this week
they're resting just as I am (reclining with large Easter egg filled stomachs)
I'll attempt to rescue them next week, possibly...
I started with a puzzle card which I
 coloured with Neocolour watercolour crayons,
 I added the water and the colour slid off
 as I hadn't Gessoed or sanded the surface!
then I added a layer of Acrylic which held 
then more Neocolour, for the house I used a white Sharpie.  

30 comments:

craftattack said...

Good idea with the puzzle, it was really very strange seeing the pics of that volcano! Valerie

peggy gatto said...

So absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!
I love it!!!!

Joanna said...

Oh yes, I'd forgotten all about that ash cloud. What a hoo-ha that stirred up!

How different to make your postcard into a jigsaw puzzle. Where do your ideas come from, I wonder?!

I know what your characters feel like with their tummies full of Easter Egg, ugh..................:/

Gina said...

Never saw the pictures of Iceland covered in ash! Love the use of Jigsaw pieces :D XXX

mags21 said...

what a great idea...think we all have had to much chocolate this week....

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gosh, Margaret, this is awesome. And you said you didn't want to draw or paint. now look at you with this lovely beauty.

Cynthia Eloise said...

great idea. did you recycle a puzzle or are there blank ones to create your own design on?

WrightStuff said...

You conjured some great atmosphere here. We all complained about the ash cloud when it delayed flights, but few of us thought about the poor folk of Iceland getting covered in it did we?

Darcy said...

ooo nice card, great idea to use the puzzle pieces. Very atmospheric, i remember the scenes on tv.

~*~Patty S said...

You are so inventive and creative with your postcards (and more) Mz Chocie M...this one is no exception!
Love it...this would be great on a canvas too!!!
oxo

Jenxo said...

this is great Margaret, it has real eerieness to it too... yes that easter belly is going down this week :(

Jamie Lynn said...

I love it, great idea to use a puzzle.

Halle said...

WOW!! You are so creative with these! I love those Neocolor crayons. I have a set myself. :)
You created a lovely scene.

Sandra Hoogland said...

What a very creative idea!!! Love it! ♥
I have some of those cards in my stash, not sure where but I do have them! :)
That house looks so tiny in it's surroundings, it must be a scary place to be at that moment... Well drawn!!!

abby j said...

Love the way you think!

Linda said...

I love the way you think, too! Amazing, Margaret!

NatashaMay said...

What a fantastic idea! Love it!

Fotojoy/Joyce said...

Boy I forgot that Volcano was in Iceland -See what this challenge has done- It's teaching us history in an artful way!! enjoyed the puzzle postcard.

Alisa Noble said...

Gorgeous, Margaret!!!
So talented!

BadPenny said...

I adore the colour scheme here.

gottahavemoxie said...

Super clever use of the puzzle pieces. I remember that time as well, because my husband was traveling. Nice portrayal of such a scary event.

Nathalie Thompson said...

Another brilliant card! Great art on a creative base (puzzle).

Jen said...

Super idea, excellent postcard. I remember the beautiful clear blue skies at home as no planes were taking off and landing at Heathrow.
Jen x

Jen said...

I love your painted jigsaw - very inventive. I am visiting Jen and using her computer that is why this comment looks as though she has posted it.

Janet xx

Gini said...

Very moody and lovely, the white house is the perfect touch!
Gini
xx

Mina loves art said...

Dear Marg
This is an amazing card - the colours of the volcano ash inspiration has brought a beautiful calming influenece - strange coming out of a volcano I know!!!
LOVE jigsaws - so this is a WINNER with me!!!
x
Shane
Had any more choccies?!!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Silly me - whenever I comment while I have my gmail open as well as my blog - it has my Blogger name as Mina loves Art (long gone)... a bit like my brain at the mo!!!
Shane

Dagmar said...

Did your flight ever take off and get to NZ..You have disappeared off my blog roll..don't understand why that happen! Good news..Harry is really well and became a Grandfather on April 6.. and their other son and his wife will have a baby in September..He is very grateful to be around to see them grow up❤

city said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Hi Margaret…just found some time to catch up on my favourite blogs!!I can’t believe I’ve missed commenting on so many of your posts?!...Its been a treat to catch up with your arty creations...just loving your postcards, zine and now some fabby embroidery!!..You go girl!!
Hugs!
Jan x