Mixed Media Postcards Mailed Out

All 10 of my handmade postcards are ready to go! My first #DIYpostcardswap organised by @ihannas . . . #diypostcardswap2018 #juanitatortilla #upcycled #analogcollage #mixedmediapostcard

Documenting the 10 DIY postcards heading out to the assigned recipients in the #DIYPostcardSwap; I dropped these cards at a post office in downtown Seattle yesterday, 19.Nov.2018.

I have 9 US domestic addresses and 1 International! They are:

  1. Annelie of Umea, Sweden;
  2. Ellen of Cedar Rapids, IA;
  3. Merry of Phoenix, AZ;
  4. Nancy of Jacksonville, FL;
  5. Priya of Halethorpe, MD;
  6. Charlotte of Fort Wayne, IN;
  7. Sandra of Herndon, VA;
  8. Debbie of Dimondale, MI;
  9. Nancy of San Jose, CA; and
  10. Jill of Kerrville, TX.

Looking forward to you saying ‘hi’!



DIY Postcard Swap 2018

Riding the current paper collage enthusiasm and trawling the relevant hashtags on Instagram, I landed myself on a postcard swap, http://www.ihanna.nu/postcard-swap/ (tagging and nudging fellow postcard-making enthusiasts, haha). We each deserve a prize for guessing when the last time was that I took part in a blog-initiated swap, but here I am, late in 2018, signing up for a postcard swap.

Could be fun! Any excuse to craft! Happy mail! All win-win-win.




Collage and painting is a progressive process–I spent a few days working, upcycling material into these quirky ONE OF A KIND mixed media postcards. Safe to say, Fall and Halloween being around the corner might have influenced the choice of colours and overall theme of these 12 cards.

One of these cards could have your name on it!
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Paper Collage – A New Craft Addiction, Est. 2017

Paper and glue always felt like a messy idea to me; I preferred collaging textiles. When I saw the first Collage Garden‘s open call in Oct 2017 on Instagram, I could not help but give it a go. In the then magazine-less household, I used supermarket brochures and tourism reading material to come up with these three teeny tiny dogs. They evidently did not show any flex in my creativity. Off they went to The Netherlands!
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Since then, my eyes saw reading material differently and I’d keep an eye out on garden-themed images and general pretty things.

Feeling bold the second time round in the next Collage Garden’s open call for New York City in March 2018, I scaled up!
Shame about having to keep clipping her wings down to size. For the next @the_collage_garden in New York!

HydrangeaRose LavenderLace

PoinsettiaSparkle BerryBlue

And then we packed our belongings and moved out of Australia.

In the 10 weeks of twiddling my thumbs –hashtag ‘makers gotta make’– in Seattle, I decided that junk mail was as good a material to work with as pretty magazine photography. Yes, junk mail glued on to junk mail. All I needed was paper glue and a pair of scissors. So simple and satisfying.
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Paper collage is fun! This beetroot-themed is my latest humble submission to The Collage Garden’s Nepal edition in KATHMANDU, 23 NOVEMBER – 7 DECEMBER 2018.
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This new crafty endeavour has undoubtedly made me view paper as an enjoyable and creative medium, but oh boy, this means I am starting to hoard magazines!

Maximalist – 14 Long Boho Necklaces

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These are just a bunch of beads, but to me, this is an armful of memories. Each little bead comes with its own unique memory from all over the world.

I started playing with beads in 2004, collecting and hand-picking beads from my travels to India, Malaysia, and Nepal. Friends trickled into my life and contributed to this bead stash. There are beads in here that remind me of Michela, Sandra, Janet, Ann, Jess, Allison and Rachel, in chronological order, spanning the globe from Europe, the US and Australia. Thank you for your friendship and our shared memories.

It’s amazing how the brain tissue allows us to attach a sentiment or a small fleeting moment in life to an inanimate object as tiny as a bead.

On a lighter note, these beads have also been through cycles of beady projects, because I tend to get restless and love to repurpose. My entire bead stash is represented here on these 14 necklaces; no bead left behind!

#maximalist #maximalistnecklace #JuanitaTortilla

My Submissions to 6X6NW, Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council

A little adventure in repurposing a cardboard box for the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park fundraising art show, 6X6NW, proved more addictive than I’d expect. Who knew that holding a paintbrush would be my happy place?

This will be my first time participating in an art show.

These are the 10 pieces that I have selected to show. All pieces for 6X6NW are priced at $36 each.

[03] Down by the Riverside (4) [04] I Wake in the Morning (3)

[05] Pitching in with Great Glee (6) [06] She Laid an Egg (5)

[07] Mia's Mirth (5) [08] Wild Goburra's Rhyme (2)

[09] Pickle Dreams of Fish (6) [10] Patiently Pickle Waits (6)

[11] With Whisky in One Hand (5) [12] To Sing to You a Song (6)

About 6X6NW, https://www.facebook.com/events/661263664249995/


6X6NW is a unique community-based art exhibition. The show will feature over 700 works of art, all sized 6 x 6 inches.

Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave North Bldg. 9000
Student Union Building
Shoreline, WA 98133

Tickets can be purchased here for $10 a ticket: