I have gotten involved with 21 Secrets and after finally getting back to this blog have diverted my energies again! I really recommend the groups and hope others come to join…I thought I got started late, but once in I feel at ease to go at my own pace and feel I will get my value several times over. It’s not that I haven’t done any artwork….mostly journaling and I am posting there.
Here is an ATC I did finish recently:
…..come play over at 21 Secrets. I’ll try to get back here, but definitely come check it out.
I actually have been working on a lot of cards lately, just not scanning and posting. Here is the last one I did manage to scan. The people are each on cardstock that can be slipped out or tucked in and the “bed” is a small first time playing with needle felting.
I am now addicted to needle felting beads….
It’s been ages since I had a chance to play along with the folks at Think Monday Think ATC and I’m so glad I had some time today! The theme was “spotted”:
This first one is some punched shapes I’ve had laying around and then I used the new Ranger porcelain paints to spot the background. I liked the black-on-black effects and in person the shine is great!
This next one is a mix of torn and punched paper shapes, a background of watercolor, and scribbles 3-d paint to make the stripes and spots.
Now it’s not that I haven’t been working on things, actually maybe it’s that I’ve been so distracted by so many little projects that I’ve neglected the blog. I think I suffer from creative attention deficit disorder….I look at the artists who have clear visions and explore every side of a technique, a theme, etc. They make it their life’s work and it is awesome. I mean, Monet and those waterlillies…that was focus. Me, I flit from one shiny bit to another. I try to embrace this character trait of mine. I am pleased that so much attracts and inspires me. I take Matisse as my great hero (though no one could say he “dabbled” in anything, just mastered it all!). And then there come those moments when I see the outcomes of my work and the dramatic differences, they don’t “hang” together. Or when I look into my art supply basket and see three skeins of embroidery thread, a roll of duct tape, a fluid acrylic tube in cadmium deep, 2 fine watercolor brushes and 3 sheets of self-adhesive sparkley bling and I think—what? The cashier looks at me oddly and I think defensively, “I have different projects for each of these…then again I think I could use them all together too!”
As evidence….I submit the following: These are ATCs I made for a swap on the artisttradingcard yahoo group. (It is the “baggie swap” where each participant sends in baggies filled with card making stuff and another person makes the card. Afterward you receive a card made out of the things you sent in the baggie.)
Now it is true, I was obligated to use the materials given in some way…however everyone one allowed for adding your own and not using all of theirs…and indeed I’ve done just that and yet they seem so distinct from one another and if someone showed them to me I’d believe they were each made by different people. So am I versatile? bizarrely Zelig-esque? Creative attentionally deficient is my verdict.
(Yay! I finally was able to upload the GPP image!)
Well, I’m really enjoying my scraping this month. I often scrape my backgrounds, but with Michelle Ward’s challenge I’ve tried some new approaches as well.
I made 2 ATC backgrounds scraping a thin layer of several paints, then I used a Plaid rubber paint scraper with white paint.
I used a K&Company border to scrape paint through and create a thick pattern. I then used the border itself on a scraped ATC background.
Above is the border I used. Below is the paper I created by scraping paint through it.
Below is the ATC with the rubber scraped background and the painted border on the bottom.
The other ATC I added papers also scraped with paint and cut up. Details were added with Scribbles paint (no brushes!) and some confetti.
I then found a great place mat in a store going out of business. It has this open pattern that I could scrape paint through thickly.
These are 2 different versions of scrapings through the place mat. I love the thickness! Still haven’t found something to do with these papers…it will come though.
Then I created a collage using scraped papers and commercially printed ones. The background was made with a mask created with a square punch.
…And another collage with a scraped background and photos and magazine picture.
THEN I made another ATC background scraping paint through an alphabet template and then adding scrabble letters. I hope I was able to capture the thickness of the scraped letters:
And on and on…it’s hard to stop once I’ve started. Needless to say I’ve had fun this month! Below are some more photos of papers I’ve created and haven’t yet used. TFL!
Here are my 2 ATCs made with gel medium transfers:
Here the transfers are the flower in the lower left and the narrow bands stacked were from a magazine photo of books on a shelf.
This one has a transfer of a flower in upper right. The flower on the bottom is a rub on. The orange flower is made of several layers of punched out shapes and has Ranger Glossy Accents on it (hence the odd glare). Then I made another transfer of just print over the entire background. Thanks for looking.
Again, if anyone is interested, for each $10 donation to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer I will send a card in thanks. I still don’t know the easy way of creating this link, but if you cut and paste this you will get to my Avon Walk page.
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Here is my ATC using scissored and torn triangles. There is a variety of hand painted, hand colored, and magazine papers with additional accents in colored pencil and markers.
I am planning to fund raise for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and I will be creating small format art with envelopes mounted on a flat card that can be framed or used as a note card. For each $10 (US) donation, I will send out one handmade art card, signed and dated as a thank you. More details and photos of samples to come, but anyone interested now, please cut and paste this link to my Avon Walk page. In the form make sure you leave me your address so I can send along your artwork! Thank you for looking!