The assignment was to create a triptych, a piece of art that spans three canvases. At least one tangle had to go across all three ATC‘s. It was nice to work on a larger palette for a change. Limiting myself to ATC size; 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches. This work is 3 1/2 high and 71/2 inches long. It is cut into 3 regular size ATCS. I also made one ATC in the regular size for the host gift. I am extremely happy with this work. I used Stampin Up markers for most of the work. I like the color combinations, and the shading. This time the scans were pretty accurate. I would like to do more work in these colors. Usually I spend lots of time sweating over my work before I complete it. This one went quickly. I just liked everything about it. Maybe it was the freedom of having more space!
I really like the steampunk aesthetic, but i had a real brain block when it came time for this swap. These are a tryptic. I made a larger drawing and then cut it into 3 ATC’s. i used metallic markers on these. It was al little tricky because the colors I liked were wide. I also used gel pens for the metallic effect. It all came out darker than I liked, but since these were my 4th attempt to come up with something, I just didn’t have time to re-do them. I think they came out alright. I just felt like I could have done better if I had an extra month or two!
The buttons ATC’s were for an April ZIA swap. I got out my buttons tin and used them for inspiration, but added tangles to many of the buttons. The two ATC’s covered with buttons drew on a larger piece of card stock and then trimmed them into two ATC’s. What is a two-part version of a triptych called?
I made a total of three flower ATC’s for the May swap. For some reason, I had a drawing block this month. Maybe it was my daughter’s wedding at the beginning of the month. I just felt tired and had a hard time coming up with ideas, even though drawing flowers is one of my favorite things to do. I think I feel conflicted because I am drawing for a Zentangle Inspired art group, and I am afraid I won’t use enough tangle patterns instead of just making up a lot of my own doodles. I used a pattern called Lupe by Christina Vandervlist. I really like the look of it. It is the one in the dark orange with the yellow and brown centers. My aqua pen is totally worn out and I use it all the time. 😦 I will have to pick up a new one when I get paid. I tried a bunch of old brushes I have, but I could get the accuracy I do with the aqua pen. I used some colored pencils along with the markers on the one with all the orange square flowers. The purple and green design is called h2o by Luz Adrianna Villa and it is one of my favorites. It came out a little darker than I would have liked, but I still think it came out nicely.
I made these envelopes to send my latest ATC‘s for trading with my ZIA group. I had some paper that was close to craft color, so I used that. Some of the paper had a slightly gloss finish, so it was great for stamping and coloring. I used the Stampin Up Nature Walk set and the Stampin Up Sew Suite. I stamped the images with Stazon ink and then colored them in with Stampin Write markers using a blender pen. I cut the envelopes out on my Cricket about a month ago, but just decorated them a few days ago. I can use the plain plastic sleeves that are used for collecting baseball cards, but these are a little more fun. I don’t know if I will always have the time or energy to make the envelopes, but I did last month.
I am in a great group on Yahoo. We have challenges and swaps with Zentangle® Inspired Art. I just received my first swaps and they are incredible. I was so excited to get them yesterday and to see how nice they are. I got 4 pennants from a heart pennant swap and a beginners ATC (artist trading card) created by someone who is much more than a beginner. I will post them soon.
Last year I participated in a few card swaps in another group. We sent our swap directly to the recipient instead of sending it to a moderator. I like sending it to a moderator better. In the group I was in last year, I got a couple of nice cards. One was really, really nice. The others were not something I would give with a gift. I am now with a fun group of people and we scan in our creations and post them with the group before we mail them. That gave me a chance to show the group what kind of work I do, so I wasn’t stuck in just the beginner swaps. Being new to a group does not make a person a beginner at his or her art form. I do learn something new from this group all the time, but I like to think I have something valuable to offer as well.
If you are an artist, a crafter, or learning something new, I found it is worth checking out a few online groups. Now I know that some groups are more fun, and more educational than others. Being home a lot since I am disabled, I look forward to checking out the messages every day. I don’t feel as isolated, and I get inspired by their work every day.
We are working on swaps for March. I tried not to obligate myself with too many swaps because I still need to finish my daughter’s wedding invitations. I finished one ATC last night, and if I feel better later, I will finish another one tonight. I like to work at night when the phone isn’t ringing and no one is coming in and out of the house. Supper is done and its nice and quiet. I am a little under the weather the past few days, so mentally I have these ideas bouncing around in my head, but physically I am just not up to getting it on paper the way I like it. I tried, but things were messy and not close to what I wanted. One more nap and maybe I will be back to the drawing board (which is a good thing).
This is a basic tangle. I used a cursive “S” as the string. It is an ATC (artist trading card) that I made for a swap, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 on Bristol board. I did the line drawing in pencil, then micron pens. I did some shading in pencil. The shading looks blurred on this scan compared to what it looks like in real life.