Tuesday, 29 June 2010

ATCs




As the last post and picture worked so well I thought I would add another.  This time something that has not been published on my old blog.
I am part of a monthly themed swap of ATCs which for those who don't know are Artists Trading Cards.  These miniature works of art measure 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and are never sold, only swapped.  It's a great way of seeing other art styles and any medium can be used.  Paint, paper, collage, stamping;  the sky's the limit. 
These two were on the theme of 'On the Beach'

Having cut both pieces of cardstock to size I used my Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper to round the corners.  For the card on the left I used tissue paper and cellophane for the beach, sea and sky which I adhered to the cardstock using Glossy Accents.  I coated the top with this as well.  I cut the girl out of a notepad and stuck her on a thin strip of ribbon for the beach towel.  The sun was made using StazOn Ink in Pumpkin and the rubber end of a pencil.

For the card on the right I cut a small sqaure of fine grade sandpaper and rounded the corners as before.  Then I used the free stamp from the July issue of Craft Stamper and black StazOn ink to stamp the seashell and words.  I edged this with Rangers Stickles in Turquoise and adhered a shell chipboard shape underneath.

ATCs are great fun to make and swap.  If you've never tried them, give it a go.  Both Crafts on the Net and Docrafts website forums have swaps and there are other swaps to find if you try Googling ATC Swaps.  There are also a number of books and websites to look at for ideas. 

My favourite book is  Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin.  Available from Amazon and other websites.
Go on!  You'll really enjoy it.


Watercolour Painting



This is a picture of an Eryngium from my mother-in-law's garden which I painted last year.  I enjoy painting flowers in a botanical style and usually in watercolour.  I prefer to paint from life as I find photographs difficult to interpret on the paper.

I hope you like it.  It's the first picture to be added to my new blog so it's really an experiment to find my feet as it was published on my previous blog.


My New Blog

I started blogging about 4 months ago after some careful thought and a little research. The research suggested that another free blog site was the better option and I did find it easy to use with a good selection of themes to choose from. However, I have since found several websites offering free blog backgrounds and other additions, all of which are only compatible with blogspot. Also this site allows followers on the blog. So, I've decided to move my allegiance and am in the process of getting this blog up and running.
This first post is really to see how the set-up is on this site but there will be more very soon!