Troll Houses ATC’s

as always, click to biggify 

Just a short post, I wanted to share my Sept ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) this month, because I’m quite pleased with how these turned out.

I’ve been making ATC’s for over four years now, and I’m always surprised what we all come up with for each month’s theme.
How everyone interprets that, what media they use, its always a nice surprise to receive in them mail.

Troll Houses are something I would never have tried out on my own, which is why belonging to a group like this is a good thing, it stretches one’s artistic skills.

My ATC group is on Ravelry as ATC Swap, feel free to look us up and join in the fun.

There is also an active International group on Yahoo Groups too.

Watercolor Art from the Archives

In case you didn’t know me by now, Tulips are my favorite flower.

I love their combination of simplicity + elegance and want to be just like one when I grow up.

What? I can’t be a flower?
What? I am already “grown up”?
Pooh!

This watercolor was learning to paint on gesso.  We painted the gesso on the board with brush strokes moving in different directions to add textural interest.   Then we were encouraged to watercolor based on those textures, mine reminded me of big leaves, so that’s what I painted on each side.

And then the tulip appeared.  It just wanted to be there.  There was no still life or picture used as the basis for this, it was entirely out of the imagination.

Personally, I think it looks like the kind of picture you see in model homes, you know the kind?  Where nobody lives?

The Very Latest in Referigerator Art

As you can see, my niece, Sarah was visiting.

She now comes for her visits equipped with a painting “smock” aka Dad’s old T-Shirt.

Sarah likes her colors to be vibrant, I refilled her paint tray four or five times, because she just saturates the paper with paint.

Of course, I am a biased Auntie and thinks she did a pretty cool painting.

While she did three paintings, taking two of them home with her, I was working on one painting.

For awhile now, I have been trying to paint a landscape that I like…however, everyone that knows me, knows I am extremely critical and picky.  And lately, the art books on my shelf just aren’t helping me figure out what else I should be doing…so I ordered a new one.

One is a partial painting I did while with Sarah…I did not get much done due to the fact I was supervising her.  Putting more paint on her tray, going to the closet to dig up another piece of watercolor paper, dumping her water and refilling it with clean water.  Six year old’s have a way about them that keeps you hopping. 🙂

Another is the book I received, “Watercolor Right From the Start” by Hilary Page.  I have her excellent book on pigments, so when I saw this one, I knew it would be good.

And then the surprise part, when I received the book and opened it up,  I discovered that it was signed by Hilary herself!

I tilted it towards the light to see if it was real ink or not.  Yep!  Its real!  As Sarah would say,  “that is super-duper really cool!”

As always, you can click on the pix to biggify.

Art from the Archives

Look what I dug up the other day!

Wow, its amazing to see stuff I did twenty-some years ago.   I abandoned this watercolor because I couldn’t make the girl come out right.
I am not so good with the human figure.  Once, I drew just a face, in my Study of the Masters class, and it took me eight hours!

So, I thought I would try another one with just the geese.

and then I abandoned that one too.  I have no idea why.

Celtic ATC’s in progress

A sneak peek at the ongoing process we call art.  So far I have done stamping, watercolor wash and painting and micron marker drawing.

I am working on two sets of ATC’s right now; one is Celtic and the other is pink and orange.  Can you tell which one is pink and  orange?

Stormy Weather

I love that song!
Anyway, here is a close up of the textural effect. Neat, huh?

Well, I had fun with it anyway. and now that I have joined several art groups, I am getting inspired in new ways.

This effect is being used on my current batch of ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards).

Art from the Archives


Here is something I painted many moons ago when I took a Watercolor Class on how to create textural effects.

This one, when done, reminded me of choppy water, so that is how I painted it.

The painting itself is not meant to be terrific, I was just learning how to create the effect.

Although it is kinda Van-Goghish.  Starry Nightish.  Sorta, kinda.

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