Monday, February 20, 2006

Making ATCs Again

After a full seven days of no-art making, I had about an hour to work on ATCs yesterday.

I keep being asked how I have time to do this. As I just said I had not had time in the last week to do any artwork.

Yesterday I had an hour while my husband was on an errand with my children. I chose to do more work on some ATCs which I started over a week ago. I did not feel they were finished looking enough. These ATCs are for a swap which mandates that a map be used as part of the background. I thought the ATCs looked too plain and bright and new looking. I painted the entire surfaces with tinted acrylic glaze paint. I also added some rubber stamp impressions to them (using acrylic paint not ink). I put some acrylic paint on the borders. They are not finished yet but needed to dry before further embellishment is able to be done. I also had to clean up in order to play a game with my son and then eat dinner.

I had expected to be able to make more art over the weekend but I chose to blog and do some other projects instead, as well as some house cleaning and I did all the laundry.

Before bed, I have been reading these two books, for inspiration and ideas.

The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery by Karen Michael

Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected by Claudine Hellmuth:

I am getting ready to make some ATCs for a swap which must feaure a photographic images of my face. I think I am leaning toward making poppet like people as Claudine Hellmuth does (which she illustrates in the above book).

You can view some images of Claudine Hellmuth's poppets here, on her website.

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