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Assignment 1, Postcards-further experimenting.

Card 1

I experimented further with the card. I painted it again to give it less of an opaque look and more of a textured look. I cut out the stork and letters saying Polska and positioned them in a few different ways.

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I thought that letters positioned close to the top of the block of red with the stork facing them looked best.


  Card 1 – front 

Card 1 - back

Card 1 – back


Card 2

I replaced the green frame with a frame made of text saying ‘Fashion’. I tried a few different shapes and fonts for the frame. Fonts Monotype Corsiva and Eccentric Std worked best.

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In the end I went for a green frame made out of the word ‘Fashion’ written multiple times in Monotype Corsiva. I decided to write it with a capital letter F to make words in the frame more readable. I also painted the dress with green and brown watercolours.

Card 2 - front

Card 2 – front

Card 2 - back

Card 2 – back




Card 3 

I tried to add a simple image of a runway , but I was not happy with the way it was not clearly communicating what it was intending to portray. I thought that a subtle vapour trail complemented the plane better and gave it a sense of movement.

Card 3 - front

Card 3 – front

Card 3 - back

Card 3 – back




Card 3

I started working on card number 3.

The card is going to represent my love for travelling. I wanted to incorporate text into a shape of a plane as it is the most obvious symbol of travelling. I experimented with the word ‘Travel’ , but decided to go for a longer saying ‘Come fly with me’.



I wanted to use a font that would allude to a sense of freedom and spontaneity. I worked on trying to fit the text into the outline on paper and then I traced it in Adobe Illustrator.

I wanted photos that I took on my travels to be a part of the card. A picture of a street taken at night in Tokyo suited the purpose as it is full of lively colours. My first idea for background was to use a picture of the sky with crossed vapour trails, but it made the card a little too busy.



I decided to go for a plain blue background that has a gradient of white towards the centre.



I also like the text filled up with a picture of a skyscraper in Tokyo on white background.




Postcards Part 3

Card 1

For my first card with the stork I decided to add text saying ‘Polska’, meaning Poland in Polish language. In my opinion the flag combined with the text and image of a stork will complete the idea and allow for a clearer message to be conveyed.





I like the two options that I posted. One with the white text on the red area of the flag and second with red text just below the block of red. I thought that the bottom corner of the card will allow for the main image to be the first thing a viewer of the card will focus on.




Card 2

I experimented with frames and I think that a frame could add to the picture and compliment it. I want to keep it uncomplicated as the image inside of it is simple and I do not think that a busy frame would be suitable.




In the end I went for a simple green frame that I added in Adobe Illustrator. The tone of the frame compliments the dark tone of the figure.



Postcards, part 2

I have painted two of my postcards.


I like the way the one with the stork incorporated  into the flag looks and the contrast of white and strong red colour.



For the second card I chose to stay with the concept of the outline sketch of a woman wearing a long dress. I like the simple look about it. I am thinking whether I should add a delicate frame around it. I am happy with the way it is, but I can understand that for some people the card might look a bit bare.

The cards are A6 size and are painted with water colours.

Assignment 1, Postcards, Introducing yourself

I started working on the cards for assignment 1. I decided to create the cards on paper.

Card 1

I was born in Poland, so I would like for my first card to represent my origin. At the beginning I was considering having an outline of a map of Poland on white background and filling this outline with eagle’s feathers, as an eagle is the national coat of arms of Poland. I decided to drop the idea after experimenting with it, as it looked quite predictable.

I still want to stick to the Polish theme, but in a different form. So, my new idea for the first card is combining the Polish flag (white and red colours) with an image of a stork, which is the symbol of Poland. I find storks very graceful and they are so typical for Poland. I also think that a simple outline of a stork would look interesting.

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Card 2

For my second card, I want it to represent my interest in fashion. I have read a number of books recently about Polish fashion in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The last book I read is called ‘Moda w przedwojennej Polsce’ (‘Fashion in prewar Poland’) by Anna Sieradzka. I like the illustrations from that time so I will try to make my own based on what I found while reading this book.

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I will start now with drawing/painting the cards, so they stand out in colour and I will start thinking about ideas for the third card.


Picture charades

Picture charades

Picture charades

I did the exercise with my husband. I found it easiest to communicate the name by drawing 2 pictures and that usually worked, even though I needed some time to come up with the pictures that would best represent the title.

It was interesting to see how titles could be represented by images and which of them could quickly convey the titles, comparing to those that took more time.

“The diving bell and the butterfly” turned put to be tricky, while the picture of a forest and a running man was guessed very quickly.