Here are a few of the ATC's that I have made. I really do try to learn about all kinds of art. I usually go back to making jewelry and sewing, but I do love to dabble with new techniques. That's one of the things I like about being in an artist's group. I made these after our ATC session at the library in Feb. 2007. I usually work much larger than this, so I really had to put on my thinking cap for these little works of art. While I am used to setting up a designated area on my paper or canvas for my painting or drawing, I feel somewhat confined by this smaller area. If I box myself in too much with sizes, I get anxious and decide before hand that I just know that I won't like this. Maybe it's just the rebellious child that still resides in me. You know, the one that says "that's not fair, what if I want it bigger than 3-1/2 x 2-1/2?". Do you have one of those smart aleck kids still there? I'm sure you don't.
Here is a shot using clothes pins as a size indicator. I get confused sometimes when looking at art, as to what size it really is. This gives a visual indicator that they really are ATC's.
Since what I really love to do is draw, my first ones were a series of pen and ink "sprites" that have eyes peeping out at you from various hiding places.
These ATC's gave me a chance to branch out into using various techniques. On these, I used magazine pictures that were gesso covered and embellished.
This next batch was my first step into the world of collage. This truly was a first for me and I still sometimes add words and journaling to some of my art. I wish I was better at that.
This last one is just so not me. I like the way it turned out, though. I really like studying the romantic images collaged and combined with ribbons and lace that other artist's do so well. I thought I would try my hand at it.
While I am happy with the way it turned out, it's just not my personal style. I like colorful and bold, almost commercial-like images for my art. This may be why I liked working in commercial printing so much.
If I were given a choice of a Victorian style costume, versus something like, maybe a Flapper's costume...you'd better make way for some serious bead swinging and heel kicking, because there is definitely a flapper waiting in the wings of my swirly brain. I'd rather do the Charleston than the Virginia Reel, any day.
What would be your favorite time period to have experienced? I love fashions and customs and cultures of bygone days. Let's have a virtual costume party. Maybe someone will throw one. Is anyone out there game? Let me know and I'll be there with bells on, (more likely beads, but that goes without saying).
Well, that's all for now. Keep doing your own special art, and keep loving yourself and your family and friends. Talk soon, TA, TA.