Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fred Mullett Swap

For the last swap at ArttechniquesATC's yahoo group, we are doing ATC's featuring the stamp genius of Fred Mullett. His stamp work is incredibly detailed and so realistic. I plan to take a class of his some day. I'm hoping he will be teaching at The Queens Ink in Maryland this summer.He mentions teaching there as a possibility on his web site.
I can see it now, driving down the day before, awesome blues CD's blaring, crab cakes for dinner, slumber in cheap hotel, wake up and get my Learn On!! Now who wants to go with me?? We will have a total blast. I have never taken a class at TQI but,
Claudine Hellmuth is doing a day class for a Very Reasonably priced $75. I've already had the privilege of attending a class with Claudine at Art and Soul. The class at A and S was double the price. Which is OK. I am so sad to be unable to attend A and S this year. Damn belt tightening. I wish my actual belt needed tightening. Sigh. But I digress.
I have ONE Fred Mullett stamp, the
sea urchin one. It is about 2 1/2" across, kinda big for an ATC. So, what to do?? I was envisioning a tropical beach with the urchins strewn about. So I started with this paste paper for background:

Cut it into ATC's. Need 4 for swap, made 7, cause well, mistakes happen!

Added some Goldens Clear Granular Gel medium:

It was a lovely day Friday and I was soaking up the sun! Next I added some mica powder:
Next I stamped the sea urchin onto some Shrinky Dink plastic I had laying around.
The sheets start out 8 x 10 ". I used several layers of inks, letting each one dry between stamping. Don't forget to clean the stamp between colors or you will muddy up your stamp pad:
Here comes The Worst part, cutting the Shrinky Dinks. Horrible. Never Again. The plastic cracks, chips and flys up into your eyes. I'm gonna try another brand. Any advice?? I figured the texture of the rough edges was ok for this ATC so I went with it.

The alternative was throwing a fit in the middle of the floor but I did not want to upset Buddy Guy, he was so relaxed on the window sill:

Here I am deciding arrangements of the urchins on the cards:
After adding a little more mica and glueing on some sand, here are the finished cards:

Well, there you have it. My Swan Song for ArttechniquesATC's. Comments?



  1. These are fabulous ATC's!! Thanks so much for sharing how you created them! They conjure up visions of walking barefoot along the beach! I'm gonna have to get some of those mica flakes! You are such an inspiration Susan!

  2. These are awesome, Susan! Thanks for sharing your technique.

    Sadly, I'm backing out of Hampton too.

    And also wishing my belt-tightening was literal, not virtual.

    Hey, maybe we could get together and create together anyway.

  3. Susan, oh, my gosh.
    these are absolutely beautiful.
    they are REALLY little works of art!!
    can you imagine how beautiful these would be even bigger??? like 5 x 7?
    you should mat and frame one of these - it would be gorgeous.
    make more, make more! and then let me know so i can buy one! I'LL mat and frame it! LOL



  4. Hello there. Love your profile photo. You are gorgeous! Robin of Robin's NEst had a post about your blog and she is right. Your art is beautiful. Love these ATC's. They look like a small piece of the beach, one of my favorite places.
    Nice to meet you.

  5. Hi Susan, your blog is awesome. I'm new to this. Seems there is alot of candy coating, which is ok, but I like genuine, authentic, and real. Thanks for being all that.

    oh yeah, I like your art too.