Tuesday, June 1


For some reason it keeps slipping my mind to show the Artist Trading Cards that I've made and traded. Thank you for reminding me on Facebook, Candice! Sometimes I need a little push. It's funny, I seem to have surrounded myself with people that are willing to motivate me. Just this past week Christa got me all fired up to make some Frida Kahlo inspired ATCs for our next trade. We also trade art sites via email almost daily and talk about art even more than that! I call my friend, Sharon, my "Fairy Art Mother" because she's always prompting me to create. Which is EXACTLY what I need! Mom is right there with them, as well, with her motivational prompts. Thanks ladies! I really don't know what I'd do without you all!
Okay, so the first 3 ATCs that I made all looked pretty much like this:

I made the first one, the one above, to keep for myself. Call me sentimental, but I had never made an ATC and thought I should keep the first one. Plus, it was great practice at painting so small before I went on to make the two I made for Christa and Sharon. I'd rather mess up on mine than theirs.

For this one I basically just used Golden Acrylic paint and Matte Gel Medium to seal. For the back I simply adhered a pretty piece of scrapbook paper.

Here are a couple of Work In Progress Shots I took with my Cell of the Chickies being made. Sorry, the Blackberry didn't take very good photos.

After these I decided to try a Collaged ATC like Sharon did for the ones she sent me.

For this one I started with torn white tissue paper and pasted it using gel medium. Then I used watered down Golden Liquid Acrylic paint on top of the tissue paper in spots. I found the image shared on one of my Ning networks, I resized, printed, cut out, and pasted with more gel medium. I used clear embossing ink and powder to apply the letters D A N C E. I then realized it didn't show up very well, so I outlined it in waterproof ink. Then I wrote the words underneath and made a border with the same pen. I then sealed it and started working on the back. For the back of this one I just painted with a matching paint color and used gel medium again to adhere my biz card. Sharon said she wanted to see it, so I just stuck it right on there. I sealed it all with Golden Matte Medium.

I have a few more in the works. I'll show those when someone prompts me to do so. LOL I'm just kidding. I'll try to get them up as soon as they're done.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you got into art....the best therapy anyone could have and you are so good at it, too. I think you should post the very first picture that you painted...the one of you painting the fruit. If you don't have it, I do! Keep up the good therapy!
Love ya Heapes, Mama

Rischa said...

Haha! Is that your nice way of saying I need therapy, Mom? LOL Just kidding. I know what you mean. Yep, I have that photo I think. It's just a matter of finding what folder it's in.

Love you!

Sharon-SkiesArt said...

LOVE THOSE ATC's...I have them in my collection :)
Art Therapy... sounds good to me!
I put your cute blog tag on my website today, going to add the ATC's tonight...
I want to do Frida Kahlo's...
Have a happy!

Mail Art Dramas said...

I love the blue/chickens. we are haveing a "blue period" at my house.
so anything blue tickles me.

Ayala Art said...

I love the WIPs, what a fun art card!

Amelia said...

hi there,

love your cards! Am popping over from Kelly Rae's course via the facebook group - so much creativity and things going on.

See you in class and on facebook, I'm sure.


Theresa said...

Hi, visiting from flying lessons. Going to follow you on networked blogs. Love ATC cards! I just started making a few myself.
Glad to meet you, Theresa

Unknown said...

I really like the small format of an atc card. I have done hundreds, mostly oil pastel, but some mixed media. It's such a friendly art form. Good for testing ideas, too, before tackling the big canvas'. Love your avatar. :)Pam

Kerri said...

so cute.

aren't you so lucky to have friends that remind you and push you to share your creative endeavors! :)