If you don’t have any coffee filters, run to your nearest neighbor and beg some!  

Texture is the name of the game in today’s mixed media Snail Mail adventure.

Although we are using a French press for our morning coffee these days, those coffee filters were still lingering on a dusty top shelf.  

A 50 percent off coupon was burning my pocket so that’s how the lovely Jane Davenport watercolor set ended up in my art room.

There are many fantastic watercolor artists in our world but I’m not one of them.  Nevertheless, the luscious colors in this set summoned me to include them in my play time.  

Here’s what I used today:

This project as lots of drying time and you might as well make several cards at once.  They will all look totally different!

It’s a simple design but is loaded with personality!  With this basic technique, the possibilities are endless!

Here’s the drill:

  1. Crumple up several coffee filters.  Tear in smaller pieces if desired.
  2. Layer coffee filters onto paper, using generous amounts of matte medium.
  3. About 30 minutes before you want to paint, drop water into your watercolor palette to soften the colors.
  4. Randomly apply several colors.  Let the hues pool up and don’t worry if you create a little mud.  That just adds character to this project!
  5. When it dries completely, enhance the texture and edges with an ink pad.  
  6. Set it with spray fixative. I like this Spectra Fix because it is all natural and odor free.  Because it is made with milk and grain alcohol, it is much less toxic than other fixatives that I have tried.  
  7. Adhere text.
  8. Decorate envelope.
  9. Write a note, address, stamp, mail, and smile!  

Snail mail is good for your healthspan and that of the receiver too!  The process relieves stress which is always a good thing.

Nourish Life with handwritten notes.  You can do it. I will help you!

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