I haven’t had the desire to work on my bigger Art Journal books the past few weeks so I’ve been spending my time doing Artist Trading Cards (ATC’S). I’ve been trading some of them all over the US and overseas. I’ve had fun doing them and they provide an avenue to express myself no matter how small. I had Kyle’s two little one’s here last night and today so I brought out Owen’s ‘crafting stuff’ and while he ‘cwafted’ I worked on a few atc’s.
I played with my new water-color tubes of paint to see how they worked. I like them much better than the cake ones I have right now. For one of the atc’s I used the heart printed tissue paper one of the ladies I’d swapped with had my atc’s she’d made for me wrapped up in. On another, one of the the ladies I received the atc’s from, made her own envelope out of a brown paper grocery bag, so I used a portion of that as my background for a different atc.
Here’s what I came up with:
This is the one I used my new Pentel Arts watercolor tubes and quite like it. I also took a couple of my Prima small stamps, some rub on’s that I’ve had forever and made a Spring card. Seeing how we’re not getting our Spring as far as the weather goes (another 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and last evening), I’m going to enjoy it through my art….lol
These next two are the ones I made using the supplies from other atc’s I’ve received in the mail. 🙂
And then there’s the last one. I love the look of the corrugated cardboard as a base and decided to finally give it a try. I applied some bright green and blue acrylic paint in random spots and then took some bright green fiber paper and tore pieces to adhere randomly to the card. I also have this sheet of quotes, which are awesome, that I received from a blog post I was reading. I’ve use a few of them already and today I added two more to the list of ones used. They are some of my favorite quotes!
So there you have it. A few more mini canvas pieces completed
I’m off to do some more work on my travel atc making kit I’m putting together.
I’ve had these three sheets of canvas scrapbook paper for a long time, and while I was watching the recording of Limor Webber on her Live With Prima Ustream class ‘Mixed Media ATC Cards’, I was on a mission to find those sheets so I could try my hand at some beautiful little canvas ATC cards. Learned one very important lesson while working on the very first canvas atc…..make it bigger than what you need if you’re going to be using a wet medium on it as it shrinks when it dries…..ooppsss. Nothing adding a narrow strip of canvas didn’t fix….lol.
For this one I spritzed the canvas with some water first, put some Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray onto my glass tray and painted on the colors to create the background. I placed the canvas butterfly down on the atc and traced around it with one of my charcoal pencils. I then added a little water to it to blend it out a bit in order to frame the butterfly. I stamped the sentiment onto it with an alpha set I’ve had forever and then added the tip of the butterfly wing I’d cut off the one side, on the top corner of the atc.
For this atc, I didn’t want a repeat of the shrunk canvas, so I decided to stamp an image onto it along with a quote. The quote ended up pretty pale so I took my XS Faber Castell Pitt pen and carefully wrote over top the letters to make them stand out more. I then lightly spritzed the front with some Lindy’s sprays.
And for this one, we had a lady post a pic of a water color piece she did in our Limor 1278 Mixed Media Art Group,with what looked like random blotches of watercolor paint that were then traced around to make look like flowers. As I didn’t want to do a water color on it so it wouldn’t shrink, I decided to try it with my Alcohol Inks. I think it turned out pretty good!
That’s it for today!! Thanks for checking in. 🙂
Hello, my name is Yvonne and I’m an ATC addict. Holy cow….I’m having a blast making these little pieces of art!!! I REALLY should be in bed and here I am playing with 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces of cardstock….LOL. These ones were made using a background I’d created for one of my pages for the Facebook group called Journal 52 and I had an extra one…..sooooo, it ONLY made sense to cut it up into little rectangles…..right?! These 4 were so quick and easy to put together. I got my inspiration from one of my pins and a tutorial Nicole had on her blog……check it out here. I took some dictionary pages and spritzed them with a couple of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and then loosely drew out the 4 hearts. I cut them out and went to town playing with them. Nicole also had a sheet of quotes she had available to download, so I did that and picked out 4 I liked and cut them out of the sheet to adhere to my atc’s. These were fun and quick to put together.
I love the look of the sort of water color effect of the backgrounds. The quotes are some of my favorites. Here’s some individual pictures of each of the cards….
Okay, now I’m going to bed. I may sleep till noon tomorrow….lol.
Thanks for sticking with me on this atc marathon I dragged you along on…..have a great day!
Can you say obsessed with ATC’s??!!!! I’m having so freakin much fun making these. I had a set of 5 vintage Chatelaine images on my desk that have been starring at me for a while now. I was going to try and incorporate them into a card…..but ATC’s they became!!! I pulled out all my vintagey type ephemera and lace I had and went to town this evening. 5 ATC’s later I have them all used up.
Here they are!
Maybe I should have started on ATC’s to get me comfortable with these mini pieces of art and then dive into the bigger mixed media….lol. Here’s some closer pics of each one…
Well, now you know my new obsession…..perhaps an addiction…..having allot of fun with the anyway. Thanks for stopping by. I love to read your comments.
I think I’ve found a new addiction. A friend from work and I went to our local Art Gallery this evening where they’re featuring ATC collections from a few different collectors. What a blast we had!!! These little 2.5″ x 3.5″ works of art are so much fun. After the short presentation, we were all given the opportunity to create our own ATC’S if we wanted and then trade them. As I kinda figured there’d be an opportunity to trade the cards that night, I decided to make a few the night before. I made 4 and I have to say they were pretty fun to make and took no time at all!
Here are my first 4 ATC’S!!
This one was made by first collaging on some scraps of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and spritzing it with two of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang spays from the Industrial Chic set in Time Travel Teal and Rusty Lantern Lime. I added some texture using some of my new Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil. I also used some black and white Liquitex Basics acrylic paint to stencil on the two step heart from The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called Mini Mixed & Match Hearts. I distressed the edges of the card with my black Gelato and blended it in.
This one was also collaged with some Tim Holtz scrap tissue wrap and sprayed with the same Lindy’s sprays. The butterflies were stamped using my new Faber Castell PITT artist Big Brush pen and were colored in with my Lindy’s Hibiscus Rose Flat Fabio. I outlined the sentiment with my Uni-bal Signo white gel pen and distressed the border with my black Gelato and blended it in.
This card was colored using my Faber Castell Gelato’s and blended together. I used a baby wipe and a Crafter’s Workshop stencil to remove some of the color to add more texture to the card. I stamped on my Deep Red Bette Davis Eyes stamp with my Big Brush pen along with the sentiment and tiny flowers. Again the edges were distressed with my black Gelato.
This last one was also colored using my Gelatos, some color removed through one of my Crafter’s Workshop stencils and a baby wipe. The dandelion is one of my new Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and the sentiment is from a stamp I bought at Michael’s in the $1.25 bin. Edges distressed with the black Gelato.
I was able to trade all 4 cards away this evening and have received my very first ATC’S that I already have in my sleeve protector sheet and ready to be put into a binder.
Soooo much fun with these!! Thanks so much for stopping by…..till next time!!