Sunday, March 15, 2009
The scan does not do the dragonfly justice. Each wing lifts off the ATC base. Delightful! I love the way Elizabeth shares her techniques on the back of the card:
Who knew you could run copper tape through a Dymo. You did? And you were holding out on me. Bad Artist. Very Bad Artist.
The next lovely ATC is from Lisa Cousineau and is titled "Blue Thread":
Next up is Lyn Wareham from Devon, England:
And the 4th creation is by Willow Ciarrochi. The scan does not pick it up, but Willow folded over a card and the oval shape is actually a window to the dragonfly below. Very clever!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Here's what I came up with:
Yes, I am irreverant and proud of it. It's all in Good Fun. Grace, remember sending me this postcard???? teehee. xoSusan
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.
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?
Here are the first two:
Read Classics by Vicki Holdwick
Reading Gives Joy by Sherre Hulbert
Here are the next two:
All Things Books by Vicky Martindale
Beautiful, each one so different yet so book related. This is why I love participating in swaps. Each artist's take on the subject is so unique. Thanks to each artist, and especially our gracious hostess, Sherre. xoSusan