Leaving on a jet plane…

Well not really. The theme for my Arts in The Cards group this month was City Scapes. I could not get inspired beyond anything but the predictable buildings against the skyline. I started with that and they sat on my wet table, eventually that attempt was used on the back of the finished card. I couldn’t let anything go to waste, lol.

About the only thing I like about flying is the view of the city at take off and landing. The trail of headlights and tail lights is fascinating in the patterns they make from thousands of feet in the air.So that is the inspiration for my cards. When seen all together you can see the city with the darker buildings and grayer parking lots. Definitely more me!

may city scapes full                           may city scapes closeup

Radiant Orchid Artist Trading Cards

TEXT-ure was a really good prompt for me. I had to  go outside the norm of what you would expect from a text prompt. Black and white text or varying the size of text, spelling out words, etc just wasn’t doing it for me. I needed to create texture with text.

Inspired by Cynthia St. Charles’ blog with her daily postcards, I decided to go through a stack of magazines to see what would float my boat.  I found advertisements with white text and brilliant colors that I liked.

I tore through the text so it wasn’t  readable and arranged it on a card to create movement. Good, but not great as far as creating texture. So I got out my sample paints from the paint store of the Pantone color of the year Radiant Orchid. By painting over the collage, the torn edges absorbed the paint. Now we’re cooking! I really liked the texture created.

Then I accented some of the text and edges with white. and painted over a few of the white letters to bring them forward. Here you can see 4 of the cards, they are all different but still a series of original little art works.

Check out the other great art on Off The Wall Friday.

Calypso ATCs in the works

This month’s color prompt for Arts in the Cards is Calypso.  I love when a color  like this comes up and makes us scratch our artistic brain for something to represent it.  It just happens that Benjamin Moore  has a calypso blue in their paint chips. 

AND it was a surprise to me that I had hand dyed cheese cloth and hand dyed cotton thread in just that color. 

After stitching the cheesecloth and scraps of ikat fabric I showed you last time onto some burnt sienna fabric, I machine quilted it in a wave pattern. Then I cut it apart into artist trading card sizes.  I’ll use stitches from my favorite book to embellish these. I have some additional hand dyed cotton thread in greens and some wooden beads that may find their way onto these too.

This is the left overs from the cards. Who knows where this might end up?  Check out all the other quilters on Off The Wall Friday . I would love to hear from you. If you would like to join our group of trading card artists, let me know! We have room for 2 more artists.

Its a HO-HO Christmas

 My Arts in the Cards artist trading card group is having a voluntary trade this month. A few of the artists are taking the month off and taking a breath.  

We are doing a Flat Santa swap, something I’ve wanted to do for awhile with a group. If you know Flat Stanley, this is sort of the same thing…after all, if Flat Stanley can travel the world then Santa can’t be too far behind.

The atc size body is cardboard covered with antique wallpaper. His arms and legs, boots and mittens are all made from leather. He is articulated with  brass fasteners so he can dance and be posed. He has an antique button and his face is done with colored pencil.

I hope he brought a smile to your face and I wish you a Merry Christmas!