Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Art Swaps.

I love to do art swaps and have been swapping ATCs and Post Cards for quite some time.  I find the swaps at various online sites and once I find them trustworthy I jump right in.  I may not be the greatest artist in any of the swaps but I have fun and my efforts seem to be accepted with some pleasure.  It is so lovely when the Art begins to drop into the letter box.

Currently I am a memeber also of The Australian Art Swap Group, which is new and growing fast.  The group is a very supportive and encourageing environment and it is getting quite challenging with new swaps being posted all the time.

There are several listed with still time to join and one finishing up.
The one finishing is themed  White on Black.  There were some beautiful entries and I think I got some real goodies. These are the ones I sent out  to my three partners.  I still had to cut them at this stage.

Pam's ATCs.

I received cards back from Louise, Linda and Lisa.  Here they are:

 Linda...left and Louise....right.  Also there a little surprise bonus from my Grandson who did a challenge in the youngsters group with a Blue theme.
This package of beauty was from Lisa.

Another challenge that really pushed my buttons and took me out of my comfort zone was one for Paper Dolls.  Oh well nothing to lose, In for a Penny or in for a Pound....what ever that means :)
This is my first ever attempt at making paper dolls.

The one I'm working on now is Pocket Letters hosted by the lovely Rachel.  Everybody got very excited about this and jumped right in.  Mine are still happening.  I am committed also to an ATC swap with the theme  Buttons and I need to get stuck in there.  Also I have two International Post Card Swaps coming soon which I always enjoy.

So I am very happy to back back in the worl of mes and creativity again.  Heres hoping I stay well and inspired to keep going.

I've been absent for a while.

I haven't been doing much/any art for some time as I got sick again.  My specialist weaned me off the steroids I had to take and I lasted only two weeks before I relapsed.  Thank goodness it was not as bad as the first time, but enough to return to a serious medication regimen which causes all sorts of other problems.  Oh well, there is always something.

I have recently signed up for a fun free course, hosted by Tammy Garcia at Daisy Yellow called Draw Your Words.  Much Fun and I will share my efforts here now.

Lesson 1  Alphabetise.
This exercise just encourages writing the alphabet continuously in various styles to fill an index card.

Lesson 2  Block Letters.

This involved making squares and the filling in the background to leave the letters as negative space.

Lesson 3  A Journal Page.

 Following a tutorial Tammy led us through the Purple Page.  The elements used were Collage, stamps and a quote.  I used a home made stamp and scraps of other works on watercolour paper for my collage.

Lesson 4  Doodled Block Letters.

This was heaps of fun.  After watching the video away I went having a ball.   The idea was to make coloured letters and then fill them with doodles.  I used all kinds of markers and pens for this.  Gelly rolls, gel pens, Posca paint pens, various markers.  Fun, fun!!

Lesson 5  The Yellow Page.

This was another journal page with a delicious background to create.  Once again paint, collage, stamps and I chose to scrape some textured elements to the background paint.  I liked the colours very much.

Lesson 6   Repeat and Stretch.

For this lesson we had to choose a word and write it out three timmes in different sized font.  After Tammy showed us how to make the word fit perfectly.  My background was made previously to use up excess paint from another project.  My word was Inspiration for that is what Tammy surely is.  I used FW Artists Acrylic Ink for the words and doodles with some white Posca Paint pen to embellish.

And that is where I am up to at the moment.  Looking forward to more lessons soon.