Diamond ATCs

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Diamond Artist Trading CardFor some reason I am attracted to anything in the shape of a diamond, including rubber stamps. These stamps inspired me to do a diamond Artist Trading Card. But before stamping, I dragged out the Gesso to lighten up the decorative background paper. I like the effect, because whatever is printed on the paper is there, but it’s not really There, if you know what I mean. Gesso is what artists use to prepare a surface for paint, and I mainly use it on paper that is porous and wants to absorb whatever color medium I am using. Anyway, it makes a nice surface for the diamond collage, which will be enhanced with birds. What a surprise!! I hope you can join me for ATC Night, from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., 310-391-0466 for directions. Cost is $10 to make two cards. Materials supplied. Trading is optional, but if you wish to exchange cards please bring about 8-10 of your own design. What’s an ATC? See page on this blog for the details. Hope to see you there.

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Shadow Ink Post Cards

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Shadow Stamp Post CardThis month I dug out my shadow inks (they were covered in dust, I have to admit) and used them in the background of my design. I love the effect when I over-stamp the shadow block with script. It’s a great way of giving dimension to an otherwise flat card. And I have been so eager to use my Inka Gold paste-ink-stuff, which comes in many wonderful colors, as a border on the main panel. This color medium is so unusual and lovely–it acts like a paste, but it dries instantly and shines like real gold (or other metallic). I just want to put it on everything. Luckily, the cat can run faster than me. I hope you can join me for  Post Card Night, from 6:30-8 p.m., Fri. Oct. 28, 2011, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., 310-391-0466 for directions. Cost $10 to make two cards; all materials supplied. You might want to bring your own precision scissors. See you there.

Paris Side-by-Side ATCs

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Side-by-Side ATCI make a lot of art from the many treasures I stash in the (overflowing) scrap basket  that permanently resides on my craft table. And the idea for this month’s Artist Trading Card is no exception. I believe the original was an unfinished postcard that I cut down to ATC size. And then I thought–diptych! That’s a piece of art that consists of two parts but works together as one. In this case, I took a few liberties and the left and right sides were created separately but still somehow go together, I think. Anyway, you can do it whichever way you like at ATC Night, 6:30-8 p.m., Thurs. Sept. 15, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., 310-391-0466 for directions. Cost is $10 and you get to make two cards. Materials supplied by instructor, Jessica Hollowell. What’s an ATC? Click on the Page by that name on this blog to find out. If you want to go home with cards made by others, please bring around 8-10 cards of your own design to trade, including one for me and one for Karen’s book at the store. Trading is optional.

That’s the Ticket Post Cards

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That's the Ticket Post CardI pulled out my watercolor pencils recently and remembered how much fun they are to play with. But what to color? I also love those Invoke Arts tickets, with inspirational messages and lots of spaces for different colors.  Put those two things together with a piece of torn tissue paper and a deckle-edge scissors and I have a bright, cheery postcard that anyone would be pleased to receive in the mail. Better hurry, I just heard the Post Office is in danger of going under. Yikes! Anyway, before that happens, please join me at Postcard Night, on a new night this month only: 6:30-8 p.m., Fri. Sept. 30, 2011, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., 310-391-0466 for directions. Cost is $10 and you get to make two cards. Materials supplied by instructor, Jessica Hollowell.  Hope to see you there.

Grab Bag Postcards

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Grab Bag Post Card--Celebration

Grab Bag post card, "Celebration"

Well, I apparently was not done playing with all the goodies in the grab bag that I got at Linda’s yard sale recently. Because today, I made two post cards that I just love mostly since they feature the pretty piece of bird paper that was included in the bag. And I seem to have gotten a little carried away because I pulled out the glitter!!!!! to spice up the birds a bit. By the way, the dried flowers and leaves in the bottom left corners are from a packet included in the grab bag, too. And I still have lots left. It really doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Grab Bag Post Card -- Destiny

Grab Bag post card, "Destiny"

Art Journal Class

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Becoming Brave Art Journal

I am interested in having another Art Journal Class at my home, perhaps in September or October (or both), as the summer has managed to slip past me. My idea is to do a journal called Becoming Brave (based on articles I saw in a two magazines recently). I don’t know about you, but my doubts and fears sometimes paralyze me and render me unable to move forward with what I want to do. So I thought it might be fun to explore that a little through the Art Journal process. We will build a very basic journal, paint some pages and then decorate at least a few of them to get started. If you are interested, please let me know.

To be held at my home, in late December from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost $35.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

What fears do I have that are holding me back?

What I would like to be able to do if I didn’t have this fear?

If I could pick an animal guide to inspire me, what would it be?

Now I’ve begun collecting some images (from magazines, photos or anything really) that I might want to use in my journal. And I’ll be experimenting with journal bindings to find the easiest one. I’m very excited, because usually I can’t think of anything to write about in my journals, I just like making them. It seems that Becoming Brave is a topic that gets my pen flowing because I already have 3 journal entries written, but (ha ha) I don’t have a journal yet. Go figure.

Grab Bag Wonders

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Artist Trading Card

ATC from Linda's grab bag

Well, I went to Linda and Ellie’s garage sale last week because I don’t have enough stamps, paper and other supplies and needed someone else’s stuff, too. I found some nice treasures there (isn’t there a saying about that?) and the other night decided to open up a Grab Bag that Linda had made up. Lots of goodies covered my table. I instantly, not exaggerating, made 2 ATCs and thought you’d like to see them.

Artist Trading Card

Another Grab Bag ATC