Hi everyone! I am here bright and early this morning to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today. An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.
Did you know that Art Neko
recently bought the B-Muse store
? There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store
, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera? I’ve used several of those B-Muse items
on this ATC today.
I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper
with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint. I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color. While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse
. The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.
This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse. You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper. The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!
Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank
(pictured above). This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background. I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.
My next step was to get my fairy ready. I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet
with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock. After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off. Once I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC. I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.” This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet
I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet. I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.
Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop
and jump-start your creativity. The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks). I have a few other supplies from B-Muse
that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.
This week's CAS419 challenge
is to "Think Irish." When I saw that, my mind immediately went to green. So I pulled out this leafy stamp set called Floral Shadow from Altenew and stamped the leaves and sentiment in all different shades of green. I sponged a little more green at the bottom for some depth. Do you see the tiny green dots here and there? I pulled out a Copic marker and an air tool and sprayed some of the ink onto the card. Some sequins provided that Irish finish with shades of green and gold. :-) Check out the CAS challenges
over on SCS and play along with us.
Hi everyone! Today's card is something I colored up over the weekend for Dina's latest tutorial on SCS. She asked if I would help by making a sample for her Pencil Monochrome Tutorial
. This technique is fun and easy and it doesn't require a lot of supplies.
Look at the "smile" sentiment. That is what I colored for the tutorial. I went over the whole thing with the green pencil (Polychromos) very lightly. Then I went back over starting at the bottom and made my strokes a little harder and laid down more color. I finished off by adding a little touch of black at the very bottom of the letters and then blending it all out with the Derwent blender pencil.
Check out Dina's tutorial
over on SCS and give this a try. This easy technique will make you "smile!"
Hi friends! I'm back with another watercolored Art Neko
card today. It got up to 85 degrees on Saturday, so it definitely feels like springtime around here.
I pulled out the Spring in Paris (A407) stamp sheet
and stamped the beautiful flowers randomly around the edges of my hot press watercolor paper with Versamark ink. I covered that with white embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool. I had just enough space in the middle for that beautiful sentiment (also from the Spring in Paris set
), so I stamped that with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.
Next, I pulled out a couple of blue colors of Daniel Smith watercolor paint. I watered the paint down to make a nice watercolor wash and I painted that over my paper, carefully avoiding the flowers. I let this dry for about an hour, and then I went back over with another wash of blue paint. I set this aside to dry completely. Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and watercolored the flowers and the stems. Those bright pink flowers just pop against that blue background.
Once the paper was completely dry, I burnished the white embossing with a tissue to remove any leftover paint. I also sponged the edges with a blue dye ink before adhering this piece to a white card base.
I had so much fun painting this card, I sent a sneak peek of this to Annette at Art Neko. She liked this so much, she turned my card into an ATC Collage Sheet!!!!!!!! How exciting is that???? You can see the Spring Summer Collage Sheet HERE
in the Art Neko store. I love how she edited my card to remove the sentiment and put those watercolor blue blocks all over. It has such a modern, artsy vibe to it!
I have some of these collage sheets on their way to me in the mail, and I can't wait to play with these! All you have to do is cut these apart and use them on your projects just like regular patterned paper. If you are an ATC trader, you can use these as backgrounds on your ATCs. You can stamp the centers with a sentiment, add more flowers, add birds or butterflies, add a die cut, whatever you want to do. There are so many possibilities!! Go order your Spring Summer Collage Sheet
today along with the beautiful Spring in Paris stamp sheet
and have fun making some gorgeous art. :-)