Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Krazy Island ATC Swap

I wanted to do one last artsy project before all of my supplies are packed for 2-3 months while we make the journey overseas (the first set of packers and movers arrive today EEK!!)  While I was watching and surfing YouTube for various Mixed Media tutorials I came across Claudia Rossi's channel and her video posting info about the swap (this swap is now closed).

I have never made an ATC before let alone participated in any type of swap.  I figured making ATCs would be a fun way to go out artistically per say, for the time being (I am trying to put together a TSA "approved" art kit that will allow me to do some art journaling during our travels).

First things first an ATC card is 2 1/2 by 3 1/2.  The theme of the swap was "What does Spring mean to you?"  Spring for me first and foremost means rain and color not to mention allergies but really that might be kind of gross yet interesting to interpret onto a tiny piece of art.  Hmmmmmm allergy related ATCs.......Anyway, I started off by creating a mock up of my card in my Silhouette design studio.  Once I had my clouds and rain drops figured out I cut a cloud stencil and die cut out of transparency along with the rain drops.  I decided to paint my clouds with some OPI nail polish (this was a color I received in one of my monthly ISPY bags) it has some type of grit already in and I thought it would create great dimension for my cards.


Then I sprayed Dylusion Ink Sprays onto a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of white textured card stock by AC.  I painted the centered of the page with white gesso.  Once dried I cut up the paper into my ATC backgrounds.


At this point I still had no idea what direction I was going to go with my ATCs. I decided to draw out a crazy black and white frame to my ATC background.   After drawing it on I decided to cut out more ATCs out of transparency and decided they would be a front piece for my cards.  To the top transparency I glued down my clouds and created my raindrops from alcohol ink and modeling paste.

Again I back at a point where I have no idea what direction my cards are going in. You can see that I taped my transparency tops over the colored background. Admittedly my cards sat this way for a couple of days.  I went back and forth on the whole design concept.  I went through all my spring'ish stamps looking for something that just felt right.  It was not until I was taking a box out to our yard sale that I saw the perfect flower patch stamp.  So much for downsizing.  I did some hemming and hawing until I decided on stamping the image onto the transparency itself with archival black ink.   Since the transparency is not a porous surface I let them sit for 24 hours.  I tested the smearability (I know that is not a word but hey this is my little corner of the interwebs sorry) of the ink on my 6th card and though it still smeared a little it was not a complete rub off job.  Success (in my book at least).  Then came the challenge of how to color the flowers.  Paint was a no go I am not that good with fine painting.  So I stamped the image on some white index cards and used watercolors to paint in the flowers and leaves.  Then I proceeded to "fussy" cut out each leave and flower and glue them to the back side of the transparency.  I added a little dollop of yellow stickles to the center of each flower on the front of the transparency.



Once again my cards sat waiting for some finishing inspiration.  How was I going to attach the transparency to the background and what was the missing piece to tie them both together.  That answer came from another box of supplies that had been hidden inadvertently yet destined for the yard sale.  

A Sue Dreamer stamp saying "Look forward to everything"  I decided to stamp it onto the background in archival black but not color it in.  The revelation of attaching the two pieces came from packing up my crop a dile.  I punched a hole in the top left corner added a sky blue brad and then painted over it with the OPI nail polish to blend it in the cloud.

My results:



Overall I am pleased with how my very first ATCs came out.  I hope that it brings a smile to the ladies who are receiving them.  Thank you for stopping by!

Til Next Time
~Mia




Sunday, April 27, 2014

Even the clean up is pretty


I have been watching tutorials for Mixed Media on You Tube practically every single night.  During those late nights I had the great pleasure of running across Lizzy Love and Oddball Art Co.  Her digi images are funky and really cute. She recently launched her Facebook group Mixed Mediaology where their are holding a monthly challenge.  The challenge this month is Anything Goes.

I was playing around with Dylusions Ink Sprays (colors: White Linen, Vibrant Turquoise, Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink & Fresh Lime) and spraying them onto a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white textured card stock by American Crafts.  Then I painted some white Gesso in the center of the paper sprayed some more inks, blotting the ink with a drier baby wipe and paper towel.  After the ink was dry I sketched out a border.  I decided to go with a black and white border.  I actually used Martha Stewart Wedding Cake craft paint to create the white in my border.


It actually stayed this way for a few days until I discovered the Oddball Challenge. Since the background paper was dry, I scanned it into my computer and opened the image up using Photoshop Elements.  I then figured out the placement of the Oddball image and printed it out.


My original plan was to have the blue on top but I feed the paper wrong in my printer.  Oh well I think it was a happy accident.  I mixed up some light modeling paste and Adirondack Alcohol Ink colors Sail Boat Blue & Stream to create a colored paste which I used over a stencil of raindrops.  I colored the digi stamp in using Gelatos.  


I am not good at coloring skin tones so she is not completely colored in.  Here are some additional views.



After she was all colored in I stared at the piece for a while and decided that it needed a quote.  My friends and family know that I LOVE the rain.  So I decided on the quote "Some people feel the rain, others just get wet".  I stamped it out on AC Textured White Card Stock using All Night Media Clear Alphabet Stamps DJ Whimsey.


I colored in the letters, then cut around the words and inked the edges using black archival ink and glued them down onto my page.  Here is my finished page.


Thank you for stopping by and looking.

Til Next Time
~Mia