Tackling Texture And Magenta Mail Art



Texture Boards, 2016 sheiladelgado.com


Working through Pauline Agnew’s Artbyte One. First lesson, texture. Pauline prompts us with multiple tools, and encourages experimentation. My boards are larger than she suggested, they were scraps I had on my desk.

1) I used torn paper to build up layers. I painted over some of the layers, and continued adding more with matte medium.
2) Beginning to build layers of color.
3) Pauline suggests using joint filler, which looks really fun. Not having any, I used some gloopy (old) gesso and built layers of that. There was a thick blob that made me think of a sun, even though this was meant as an exercise and not concerned with composition.
4) Building layers of color. Adding and then removing, adding more again.
5) Using an old ATM card to spread paint. The translucent blue settled in the hollows, revealing the texture of the paper, very nice!
6) Layers of wash acrylics.
7) Layers of thick impasto.
8) Continuation of impasto.

I can see all of these boards becoming finished works. Ideas are forming. Now it is on to Lesson two!


Mail Art

Received these two beauties today. The first is from Lisa Comperry in Texas. The card reads “LOVE”. This lovely poem was included on the back:

One day is spun in gold
another day seems red hot or icy cold.
Passing storms clear the air
and change the tide.
Each day a new sun.

Lisa Powell Comperry

LYA #2 and side swap #4. Lisa Comperry, "LOVE". Mary Underwood.

LYA #2 and side swap #4. Lisa Comperry, “LOVE”. Mary Underwood.

Mary Underwood from Michigan included this encouraging reminder on the back of her beautiful card.

Be Happy
Be Bright
Be You

Visit the links, their photography is awesome! I am so glad these artists included their address on the card! There is a wonderful video on Lisa’s blog about rescued baby animals as well as her wonderful sunsets. Mary has wonderful sunflowers on her page, and her abstract daisy is gorgeous.

Thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous art with me! Love flowers!




12 thoughts on “Tackling Texture And Magenta Mail Art

  1. Joan Princing Art

    Oh my goodness!! Pauline’s class sure seems like tons of fun!! Lots of goodies and techniques to play around with. Discovering new techniques is always enjoyable. Love those two cards, very pretty.

  2. Teresa

    Hey, Sheila. My first LYA postcard came this week and it’s another one of your lovely little flower paintings. Thank you and your inspiring quote by Henri Matisse, “Creativity takes courage.” I am posting your postcard on the FB page today. Also, I have enjoyed following your artistic journey via your blog.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Just saw the post, it looked great on your shelf Teresa 🙂 So glad one of mine found it’s way to you! And I am so glad to hear you enjoy my blog 🙂

    1. Sheila Post author

      Your piece today reminded me of part of this lesson… layers of color. It was wonderful Laurie 🙂

  3. Wendy Barrett

    Looks like you had a lot of fun Sheila! I have just been doing a real-life class to learn how to work with texture and collage – just finished the last of four half an hour ago. So was lovely to see what you have been doing!

    1. Sheila Post author

      Oh how fun! Are you going to post about it? I’d love to see what you learned Wendy. I have 4 more lessons And I am really looking forward to them 🙂

  4. Dotty Seiter

    Wow, Sheila! So much to see today! Thanks for sharing your Paula Agnew texture lesson exercises. Really fun to see what you’re working on. #8 is especially appealing to me. How do you get such tidy photos of these exercises? I painted background paint on a bunch of scraps today and they’ve all curled up to a fare-thee-well!

    Thanks for sharing the mail art also : )

    1. Sheila Post author

      LOL, I trimmed the photos in Photoshop Dotty. They curled up too. I rolled the paper in the opposite direction to uncurl them, and then cropped the remaining unevenness. I should have scanned them, But I was too in a hurry to wait for the paint to dry. LOL 🙂 #8 has the most tactile texture of the bunch. I need to stock up on heavy body acrylics. I only have a few colors. :-/


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