I'm hooked on gelatin printing ever since learning the process from the book Playing with Surface Design. And this time of year I'm always inspired to play with the American flag. As I've explained in a previous post the gelatin is used as a printing base. It is not what is producing the color of the print... though I like to imagine these flags where made with the classic patriotic Jell-o deserts I never had as a kid.
The US flag is a malleable thing. In it's nearly 240 years it's had 27 official versions though there was no designated arrangement for the field of stars until the 1912 introduction of the 48 starred flag (source). Did you know that?! The fact the flag has changed forms many times makes it seem less sacred. More sacred are the rights written within the constitution that imbued us with the ability to use the flag as a symbol to herald or question our country. Whichever you prefer. You can paint it on your jean shorts or create fine art.
So there you go! I'm doing my patriotic duty by playing with the form of the American flag. If you break the flag down to it's simplest form it is two fields awaiting manipulation. Perfect for Zentangle and watercolors.
Air mail inspired envelopes were perfect for mailing these notes. This project got me thinking of some American friends who now live internationally. I know they get home sick sometimes so I figured a little patriotic note in the mail around the 4th would be a welcome surprise. (Though if they're reading this it's maybe not such a surprise. I'm bad with figuring out the lead time for international mail).
It's easy to DIY air mail envelopes.
Envelopes of any size
Use artists tape or another low tack tape to mask off the edges of your envelope. Paint red diagonal stripes leaving room for blue stripes. Follow up with blue leaving some hints of white. The thickness of your paint brush will be the thickness of your lines. This would be a special addition to any note in the mail and could be created in other color palettes.
For more inspiration on the American flags form I've got a Pinterest board exploring its red white and blue textures. Happy 4th of July everyone!