Blogger is so strange in the way it loads picts. The order of the picts are 3,1,2, 4. The last two picts are after my message.
I have been doing this for awhile now with postcard art. I just have not tried it with string. Basically, you put string on the ATC background, white gesso, let dry, add collage images, paint with transparent acrylics, embellish (if desired).
I started out using a printed paper background. I could have easily used text. The background may or may not show through. I just like to have something in the background. I took twine and fibers and wrapped them around the ATCS in different directions. I knotted all of them in front.
I then took some white gesso and went over the entire front of the card. I used a baby wipe to wipe up the excess. I also wiped off the background area a little so the background would show through. I did both sides because that is the way I am. I did not like that the front was gessoed and the back was not - color of the fibers were too brilliant. I let dry completely.
I found some collage images from misc. collage sheets. I glued in some basic figures. I used some transparent red oxide, transparent yellow oxide, nickel azo gold, interference green oxide, green, some blue, and quin magenta. They were all fluid acrylics. They are pretty transparent. I just used a light touch and a small paint brush. Okay, I used my finger more than the paintbrush. I made sure I added some color to the string. It just made it look more aged.
Once the acrylics were dried, I used a white Sharpie fine point poster pen and did some writing and doodling. I also had a silver and blue glitter pen. I like the Frida and little girl one th most.