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ATC Swaps and other swaps


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).


Heart Pennants


I made these for a swap with the ZIA group I am in. It took me a while to get inspired to start them, but once I started making them, I didn’t want to stop.  These are made on card stock with pencil, micron pen, markers, watercolors,and a little gel pen here and there.

ATC traditional S



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.