Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Metallic Abstracts

My newest ATC creations:

Created with metallic pens on pieces of folder cut down to size.

Approximate time to complete: About 15-30 minutes each
Original Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Completed August 31, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My First ATC Trades are Here!

I am so excited! I just received my first cards in the mail. (I forgot to check the mailbox yesterday, and they sat out there all night. Silly me...) They are so B-E-A-Utiful. One came all the way from London even. So cool.

Here's what they look like:
Card 1: Searching for Spring  and Card 2: Flight Among Flowers 8

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hot Cocoa ATC

Part 1 of 3 of "Beverage, Anyone?" Swap
Not 100% pleased with how this turned out, but it's okay. Started with pencil sketch on cardstock, then outlined with Zig Millenium memory art pens, colored in with colored pencil and metallic paint pen and glitter gel pens. Also used a scrapbook sticker and a printout that I designed on the computer with Microsoft Publisher, then cutout and glued on. Unfortunately, it is not one of my WOW pieces.

Approximate time to complete: About 1 hour
Original Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Completed on August 27, 2010

Butterflies & Leaves

I think this one just looks cool. Sketched on turquoise pastel paper with Zig Millenium memory art pens and colored in with an assortment of metallic brush pens, glitter gel pens, and cheap markers. (Made with the finest of art supplies, huh?)

Original Size: about 4.5 x 6.5 inches
Approximate time to complete: about 20 minutes.
(Completed in June 2010.)

Metallic Tree Painting

Painted on a piece of scrap cardboard with metallic acrylic craft paints. Love how the paint has a texture on it when you look closely.

Original Size: about 6x8 inches.
Approximate time to complete: about 2.5 hours.
(Completed in June 2010)

Trading Art Is So Much Fun!

Apparently my ATCs are going fast. I have already traded the squirrel and porcupine ATCs. My Purple Tree has also been traded as well. They are off to London(!), Michigan, and Alabama. But it seemed that out of all my cards, my porcupine was the one everyone was wanting. I need to make some more animals, as those were the ones that piqued the most interest.

I am so excited about trading my art! I can't wait to get my new trades in. Artist Trading Cards are such a great idea.

A Fruitful Shopping Trip

I don't normally get a chance to splurge on art supplies, especially lately, but yesterday I got all sorts of neat stuff at my local Hobby Lobby. Including a fabulous metallic green brush pen (on clearance!), a new Prismacolor pencil sharpener (my old one is AWOL), some acrylic paper ATCs, and this awesome handmade paper package (also on clearance!):

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mixed Media Tree Art Journal Page

Check out this amazing video from Art Trader Magazine's YouTube channel featuring a mixed media tree art journal page in progress. I love some of the techniques shown and would really love to try some of it out. This art is fabulous!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Here is a mermaid that turned out okay. Still debating with myself as to whether I should color it or leave it black and white. Drawn today on matte cardstock with Zig Millennium memory pen 08 thickness.

Attempting Mermaids

These started out okay, but sometimes you should just start with pencil instead of pen. These are actually two sheets of paper on the same scan, intended to be a couple of ATCs. Does anyone think these are salvageable?

Mister Pokey

(This ATC is no longer available for trade.)
I completed this porcupine a few months ago. Just now got it scanned to the computer. Isn't he cute?
Completed sometime in March with initial pencil sketch, then colored pencil, and outlined in Zig Millennium memory pens. Oh yeah... and just a dot of white gel pen for the eye reflection.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Angel Sketch

Had a few moments of free time last night to sketch this beauty here.
I may color this later, maybe not. Haven't quite decided yet.
Drawn with Zig Millenium 03 Memory pen on sketch paper.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blind Drawing

I am joining a swap on Atcsforall.com called the Blind Drawing swap. It is such a neat idea. I just started working on my three cards for it yesterday. I am going to do parodies of famous paintings, including American Gothic and others.

Generally the idea behind blind drawing is to close your eyes, draw a face, and work with your crazy creation to make a funny piece of art. Check out these examples (Samples by AKMamaof2, novasmem, and themuppet of ATCsforall.com):

I'm Baaaaack...

I have finally gotten my internet back. Expect more art added here soon!