Does your artistic journey ever need to be inspired? Where do you go to find new ideas, new techniques, new artistic things you want to try? Well, I’m hoping this spot right here is one of those places! For sure! Even I need encouraging, motivating and inspiration. To meet those needs I keep a file of artworks that have been sent to me by others. And occasionally I share a post with you featuring some of those art pieces. You are in luck because today is one of those days!
This ATC comes by way of Creative Crafty Friends‘ admin Sarah O’Neal. She sent this to me for the 1 For All and All For 1 swap. I love that name! I really like how the guy is taller than the ATC! He stands out in my binder when I flip through to admire all the ATCs I’ve been sent! And Sarah added some really cool texturing through a stencil. I haven’t done that in awhile. Maybe that will be my inspiration for today.
Sarah sent me some other goodies to play with, too!
Beth Broadway made these cool ATCs. Beth does collage people better than anyone I know! Anyone else notice the text behind the girl? How it flips orientation depending on which side you look at? Part of being brave? I like it! This was for our 1 For All swap, as well. The card on the right was an extra Beth sent, it is going to find its way into my Zen-untangled! journal.
Jennifer Marker is the other admin in Creative Crafty Friends. She made these wonderful art journal pages for me! Jennifer did some really cool things with these two pieces. The one on the left has pop dots under two of the stars to elevate them from the page and add dimension. The other page has painting through a stencil for texture and I really like the way she made the flower petals! The sentiment is really important to remember in life. Don’t let anything hold you back, not even your own fear.
We also make index card art in our swap group. Kasey James made this fun card for me – it measures about 4″ x 6″ and it is bright and colorful and fun! Kasey even used my signature printemps in the background. And jewels on the flowers for extra texture. I really like how the swirls in her hair replicates the printemps. Or is that vice versa?
For the Letter O Swap, Ann Wood made these beautiful ATCs. Ok, what do I like about each? The ornament card has such wonderful depth with the layers of elements! And the splattered white dots are reminiscent of snow and you know how much I love snow! At least, in November and December, not so much in April. On the owl card, just look at all those little pearls of white and the necklace Ann made using them! And again all the layers building up to make this fun owl ATC. I need to think more about building layers like Ann did.
Can I just say Rachel loves me? Rachel Foster that is. Several times a year Rachel sends me happy mail with a selection of fun items I can use in my own art. She has kept me supplied with lots of text items including oriental characters and candy wrappers and newspapers and sheet music and cookbook pages and . . . . well, you get the idea. She loves paper and she shares! I used at least two of these hearts on the Letter H Heart ATC I showed you a few days ago. I am saving the other hearts to use in my Zen-untangled! journal.
Can I just say one word? Color! Boom! Sally Kroske knows exactly what I love! Color! Sally made this awesome vintage ATC for the 1 For All swap. So many layers and texture! You should hold this one in your hand and feel the surface! Hahaha! It is pretty incredible! And she sent me color, too! The pink is an alcohol ink piece that I can tangle. The yellow and green piece is on cold pressed watercolor paper and I have already included it in my Zen-untangled! journal, I just haven’t shown it to you yet. I love it all, and I am truly going to work on more layering this week.
Here’s another fun art set from Sarah O’Neal! This was for the Alice in Wonderland ATC swap. She knocked these out of the park! Not a lot of fancy texturizing, or collaging, or painting, Sarah kept these more low key and by doing so made them stand out and be excellent. Card stock bases that she stamped some text on, some word blocks she printed on her computer and cut out, a couple small stamps for background shapes, and her focus pieces. The Alice characters are Stampotique stamps that Sarah colored and put in place. And she added some pen work. A lot of love went into these three pieces and I think they are perfect! And wonderful! I mean, they are about wonderland, how could they not be wonder-ful?
And one last set for today, came from Amber Patterson. A completely different take on Alice in Wonderland. Three ATCs and extra pieces of backgrounds for me to play with. Look at that Cheshire! Isn’t he awesome! Just below him is a little pocket with a smaller Cheshire that you can remove from the pocket. I’m thinking these images are from the book itself. And that Queen of Hearts is amazing! Hahaha! Amber colored these pieces. I really like how she placed all three characters on a texted circle and adhered them to the ATCs to give continuity to the set. And she used some really nice embellishments!
Swapping art with friends is a great way to stay in touch. We learn from each other. We gain inspiration with each piece of art we look at and appreciate. We each have something to share, regardless if we are brand new and just starting out or if we have been at it for years and years. Me? I started about 7 years ago and believe me – I study other people’s art to see what I can learn from it. I don’t always try everything I want to, but it is there in my mind to be brought back out again when I have the time. Encourage a friend today and send them a piece of art. Afraid to send through the postal service these days? Send it virtually. It will be loved. I promise.