Sunday, November 7, 2010

Happy Halloween -- and Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog to celebrate my 100th post. I pulled a name from the comments, and the winner of my giveaway necklace is ... Kristin! You can check out Kristen's great blog here. For all others who commented, I'll be emailing you something special as well.

I made two groups of artist trading cards (ATCs) with a Halloween theme recently. One is for a trade group at the store Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Lake Worth and the other was for the Portland Art & Soul Retreat I went to at the beginning of October. ATCs are mini works of art that you make with the sole purpose of trading them with other artists. I enjoy the challenge of making something small and of making art with a theme. And I really like the growing collection I have of others' ATCs.

The first group are the ATCs I made for the swap group in Lake Worth (just down the road from where I live). I used color copies of a vintage postcard. Here's the original postcard.

I love the saying "What the (devil) is the matter with the lampposts?" Now this postcard is from around 1910 and was mailed to my great-uncle in Oregon. I really don't know what that statement means. Is he drunk? Has he tilted all the lampposts? I love that he's smoking a cigarette. At the time, it probably didn't mean that he was decadent or anything, they probably just added that in the picture out of habit. I think that's funny. Anyway, I cut out the devil picture and glued it to some Halloween-themed scrapbook paper. I used an embossing pen to draw vertical lines, then heat-embossed silver powder. I wrote down the side "Beware the devil inside -- he likes to play!" I think they turned out quite nice.

The next group of ATCs were for Portland. For these, I painted on a 16" x 20" piece of canvas paper. After it dried, I was able to cut it into 30 ATCs. I added the words and some embellishment later with Sharpie poster paint pens. I have some extra ATCs, so if you'd like to do a trade with me (for an ATC or any other small art item), please drop me a line.


Diana said...

It's amazing that you have that old postcard. It's kind of funny...why would anyone send that? Great ATC's. Precious what you can do with it.

rivergardenstudio said...

These are very cute! I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving. roxanne