Monday, November 24, 2014

Enjoy the Journey - Artist Trading Cards

Hi y'all!  Today I want to share some more ATCs that I made just for fun.

There are several reasons that I am enjoying making all of these ATCs.

I'm pushing myself as an artist.  Working small is not easy for me to do - I'm more of a large scale kind of artist and these teeny tiny canvases are sometimes very difficult for me.  I want to use things that are too big, or want to just go crazy slapping on layer after layer and yet, I have to try to preserve some of the under lying layers.  Not easy, but definitely a learning experience.

It's a great way to test new techniques and media.  This is a really good one.  Art Journals are great for this as well.  They're tiny (or small) little works of art that don't have to be perfect and that you are absolutely free to make all sorts of mistakes with.  And who cares if it doesn't turn out just lovely?  Make another!  And another.  They're also great for using tiny scraps of paper or washi tape or those tiny little stamps and stencils that would get lost on something larger.

They don't take that long to make.  Well, they don't if you make fairly simple ones!  My style as an artist, one that I find myself going back to frequently, is layers.  Lots of layers.  Layers on top of layers.  I do this on canvas, I do it in my art journal, and I most definitely do it on ATCs.  And creating all of those layers takes time.  However, I can still create a huge batch of ATCs in about the same time as it would take to create a small painting or two page art journal spread.

They are fun to give away and equally fun to receive.  I love trading and sending ATCs to people.  I love making people smile and knowing that little piece of my art is brightening someone's day.

So now that I've gone into all of that, we'll move right along to these fun cards I made.

I get a monthly stamp kit from Unity Stamp Co.  To be honest, I get several monthly kits.  But the one I'm talking about today is the S.M.A.K. kit from this month (November 2014).  As soon as I got my happy package in the mail, I knew I had to jump right in and use some of the stamps!

One of these days, I promise I'm going to be better about taking process pictures.  I'm really trying, but I get so in the moment that I completely forget.

Materials Used:

Dylusions Ink Sprays - Funky Fuchsia & Vibrant Turquoise
Distress Paint - Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Weathered Wood
Faber-Castell Gelatos - Licorice
The Paper Studio - Butterfly's Song Designer Tape
The Paper Studio - Spare Parts Washi Tape (the Harlequin tape)
Liquitex Basics - Alizarin Crimson Hue
Americana Acrylic Craft Paint - Whispering Turquoise
Sakura Souffle Pen - turquoise
Unity Stamp Co. - November 2014 S.M.A.K. kit (2 stamps)

Fiskars - Simple Stick Stamps - Teresa Collins - Paris
Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Clear Stamps - the Journey
Bubble Wrap
Old Gift Card
Vintage Dictionary Pages
Cricut Expression machine with Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge

There is a lot going on with these cards, but I think it all works!  They were fun any how.

That's all I've got for today y'all.  Until next time,


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