When Ria invited me to join a "Favorite Artist" post card swap, I jumped to say yes without an inkling of what I would create.
Then I started to panic.
I have a really hard time picking favorites. Music has always played a huge role in my life and I have a million favorites. How on earth could I select just one for a postcard?
After completely over thinking this for weeks, I decided to go back to my first and greatest love: The Who.
As I contemplated my card, all I could picture was a silhouette of Pete Townshend's iconic "windmill" style of guitar playing. How could I use this on a postcard when I really can't draw?
Clearly this was the perfect excuse to buy the heated stencil cutter I've been wanting:
I printed a picture from the internet, placed a transparency on top and traced Pete's outline.
The tool worked really well, even on all the little curvy parts.
I was positively giddy when I tested the stencil.
How awesome is that?
Here's my finished postcard - album covers in the background, the ubiquitous target symbol from their early years, white modeling paste pushed through another hand-carved stencil of the band's logo, and my beloved Pete stenciled over the top.
This swap brought out my full-on, fan-girl geekiness.
It was incredibly satisfying.
I think Pete's going to find his way on to a lot of envelopes in the coming weeks.
I put him to good use on the envelope I sent to Ria.