Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lips for June ATC's

Here are my cards for the upcoming trade at the Lyons Depot Library on June 16, 2012:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Confessions of a Gutter Artist

Coming Out of the Closet

If you have found this link, be the first to join this website. Send me an email with your name and address and I will mail you one of the ATC's from the "Zihuatanejo Nights" series from my Apirl 2012 cards

Saturday, June 2, 2012

What is an ATC?

There are always more questions than answers.  The bottom line when it comes to ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) is this: “The Trade is the Thing.” That’s the point. Once you make the cards, you get to trade (not sell) them. The only other requirements are dimensions: width, length, thickness. The finished cards must be 2 ½ by 3 ½ inches and be thin enough to fit inside a baseball trading card sleeve but not so flimsy that they bend or tear when played with (thin papers can be glued on card stock). Other than that, you can use any medium and most kinds of paper, recycled cardboard, junk mail, old photographs, metal, cloth, paint, glue, glitter, stamps, brads, punches, etc.

The sky is the limit. You can glue them, stencil them, cut them and reassemble the images, weave them together, copy them in Photoshop and manipulate the images. You can even make tiny books. You can start with a water color base and use pen and inks to embellish the patterns and designs. Some paints don’t react well with plastic, so there are some storage considerations.

The cards can each be made individually (time consuming) or cut out of larger (perhaps failed) pieces of art and kludged together. You can combine words and pictures and make ATC collage poems.

Questions to contemplate:

What kind of ATC’s could you make if you had a month to make them? 

If you only had three hours, what would the cards look like then?

How many ATC’s can be can be made out of one sheet of paper whose dimensions are 8 ½ by 11 inches?

With the least amount of left-over paper?

With the fewest required cuts?

With the most aesthetic result?

Having the most fun?

There is no one right answer. Only infinite possibility within finite limits. It is up to you how you want to spend your time, energy, and resources. Join the fun. We meet the third Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at the Lyons Depot Library, in Lyons, Colorado.

Friday, June 1, 2012

ATC's for March 2011: SuperMoon

Here are the 18 ATC cards I made for the Trading Session Art-4-Art at the Lyons Depot Library. I call them "Spring Supermoon, March 2011." I painted a 12x16 sheet of Frederix Canvas Pad using Daniel Smith Gold, Black, and White Gesso and finished it with Golden Acrylics: Turquoise (Phthalo); Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, and Quinadridone Crimson. I used the plastic insert from a used roll of Scotch tape for my moon stencil and then dabbed with Pearl White Lumier by Jacquard. I decided not to smooth up the moon edges as I like the bumpiness of the surface.