Monday, September 17, 2007

Inspire Me Thursday - ATCs

Muse Monday is taking a short break from studio renovations - again....but this time I have some fun art to share!

From the Inspire Me Thursday website: "This week, we’re going to revisit Inspire Me Thursday’s very first challenge, ATCs. An ATC, or artist trading card, is a small piece of art measuring 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. Other than the size, there really are no other rules — anything goes!"

Okay so I am now officially [re]addicted to ATCs! It's been about 3 years since I created any of these tiny, wonderful, challenging, creative, unpredictable, FUN pieces of art!!! I was first introduced to ATCs through an online handcarved stamp group and joined in on a few amazing swaps - one was a mixed media ATC swap with artists all over the world, I still pour over that one for inspiration!

For these recent ATCs I was inspired by my stamp collection - mostly cancelled ones but I do collect new ones as well. I handpainted, stamped & layered to my hearts desire using Golden translucent paints, acrylic paint, inks, stamps, gel medium, paper bits and dried foliage :)

17 comments:

the heartful blogger said...

Wow, such gorgeous colours, very autumn! And your use of old stamps is fantastic!

steve said...

So beautiful Laura--love the text and multiple layers.

~Gina said...

I love these cards so much. The colors are so rich and deep and wonderful.

~Gina

megan said...

love that red...it's deep & rich without being loud...very cool cards, both of them!

Krissie said...

I never thought of turning the card the other way..they look like tiny postcards, and those colours are so rich...and autumny.Beautiful!

Patricia J. Mosca said...

Now this is my idea of what an ATC REALLY looks like!! These are pure JOY!

Spontanity said...

Very nice this act's:)
Greetz from Holland

kateri said...

Oh Laura, these are like tiny poems to autumn... I love the soft richness of the colours you chose. The bit of dried foilage...so sweet...

katy said...

They make me want to say "Absolutely!" first word that came to me when I saw them. Thank you kt

Deb G said...

These are wonderful! I especially like the yellow one.

alex said...

Oh these are beaitful. so elegant.
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Susan Tuttle said...

Oooo--I really like 'Hope'--the color is so vibrant--lovely yellow!

Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes!

Susan
xo

Miriam said...

Wow that second one! So fantastic! (Not that the first one is bad...the second one just speaks to me!) :)

lee said...

the colour just jumps out at you, I love the colour of the second one, these are both great.

platinum blonde said...

great layering!!!

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Kathleen said...

Wonderful, wonderful ATCs Laura!! I am greatly anticipating seeing one closeup!! Great job! Keep working on these, they are just fabulous!!

Emila Yusof said...

Great work, Laura!