This website uses affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission from your purchase - at no cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more details.

How to Make Rothko-Inspired Hand Painted Note Cards

It turns out that, when given the time, I am the worst postcard procrastinator!  It takes me a week (or month) to buy a postcard, three weeks to write it, another week to find the address of the recipient and now there’s a countdown for how many days a postcard will ride around in my purse until I buy stamps.

Ever find there are some tasks you just put off forever?  I am weirdly on top of unpleasant tasks like toilet cleaning and sweater hand-washing (so tedious), but postcard writing?  Lots of dragging of feet on that one.  I don’t understand me, because card sending I like!  I have a cupboard full of pretty note cards and they are often actually sent to an unsuspecting loved one (who doesn’t love mail that isn’t a bill, right?). 

I even made some cards, when I painted my Rothko-inspired paintings.

How to Make Rothko-Inspired Hand Painted Note Cards

After I was done the paintings, I
wanted to experiment with some colour combinations because I’m always limiting
myself to what will “go” in the townhouse when it comes to my DIY art.  I had bought a pack of completely blank notecards seven years ago and decided it was
high time to do something with them.

You could use a heavier paper to
make your own cards (here’s a neat tutorial for envelopes), or check out a local craft or art supply store for
blank ones (they usually come with their own envelopes already made).  I used acrylic paint and made sure not to water it down at all  because I was
worried really watery paint might warp the cards.  I just brushed on a
few irregular rectangles and, ta da, personalized note cards.  I let them dry for a few days before adding them to my note card stockpile, just to be sure they wouldn’t stick to the inside of the envelope or each other.   

How to Make Rothko-Inspired Hand Painted Note Cards

How to Make Rothko-Inspired Hand Painted Note Cards

I love the idea of personalized, hand painted note cards.  You could paint and give a set of these as a gift, or attach one to a present (with maybe a dash of matching paint on the envelope too?).  Picking colours that complement the wrapping paper or gift bag would look so chic, and so thoughtful.  I also think painting cards in berry hues and crisp greens would be a fun, fresh take on holiday cards.  Or forget the presents and holidays, and just send one to someone who needs a little pick me up.  Think a little about the colour palette, though.  Baby poo brown might not be the heartfelt “thinking of you,” message I was hoping to send.

How to Make Rothko-Inspired Hand Painted Note Cards

Just don’t wait for one of these hand painted cards from me because I might be weeks away from finding a post office . . .



  1. truebluemeandyou
    November 13, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    Love this idea for gifts. I have a whole rubbermaid tote just filled with paint and this is the perfect craft for them! Also, Michaels often has great sales on heavy cards/envelopes that I think would work well for this DIY. I posted a photo and link back to your blog on my Tumblr Holiday Crafts Blog.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 13, 2012 / 7:38 pm

      Awww, thanks for the link love! Good to know Michael's has these kinds of blank cards. I figured any craft store worth their salt should.

  2. Jae
    November 13, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    Love them.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 13, 2012 / 7:39 pm


  3. Diana @ Boy + GIrl
    November 14, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    Great minds think alike! I'm in the middle of a hand made note card project myself!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      November 14, 2012 / 9:32 pm

      Fun!! Can't wait to see 🙂

Dans le Lakehouse is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. If you click on a link that leads to Amazon, I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases - at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!