Friday, July 22, 2016

Tea bag wisdom ATCs

I've been participating fairly regularly in a local Artist Trading Card trade for the past 12ish years. I don't always attend and sometimes attend without cards to see the lovely artists in the group. However, I have actually created ATCs for the upcoming using my "tea bag wisdom" tags from tea I drink daily.



A lot of those participating in our local trade make identical cards for each trade... I tend to find that boring and generally use a theme and make similar but different cards. These use a recycled tea box as the background - with inks to tint, a stamped image, watercolor pencil, sharpie water based paint pen, vintage teacup images and the tea bag wisdom. 

Happy Friday! 




Monday, July 18, 2016

100 Happy Days - a project

My friend Cheryl Ann started a 100 day period of focusing on happy - so needed with the tragic headlines these days. So I'm playing along - mostly posting on Instagram (hhcampbell22) and Facebook, however decided to do a few here as well. 

Here's the last few days. They focus on my garden... where I spend a lot of happy hours this time of year. :) 



#8 Gratitude turns what we have into enough. 



#7 Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. 
Lao Tzu 
(i.e. zucchini at last.)





Thursday, June 30, 2016

Textured Gesso Barn

My textured gesso and watercolor barn for Mary Jean, part of a trade on atcsforall.com
Red Barn
5x7 canvas panel

Steps 1 - 4: textured gesso background and first layers of watercolor wash

Steps 5 - 8: Continued layers of watercolor; adding pencil shading, more layers of watercolor and charcoal shading. 

In between final layers with charcoal and pencil, I added spray fixative, and ended with several coats of spray sealer.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Canvas Panel Exchange

Pennyquilters Michigan Winter
5x7 Acrylic

I decided to participate in a 5x7 canvas panel exchange on atcsforall.com this month. We are assigned one partner and create a painting for them and send it off within 2 weeks. I'm just completing the one I created, it needs one more coat of sealer. 
I used the watercolor over gesso technique I learned from Carla Sonheim. 
While I'm not supposed to share the painting  until my partner receives it, I will share the beginning showing just the textured gesso layer. 


More to come... :)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Patchy Characters

Patchy Birds
Sharing a few artist trading cards created for a swap on ATCsforall.com... in the Junker Jane style. These are drawings to give the feel of the creepy-esque little dolls she creates. 
Patchy Peoples 
Granted, mine aren't as creepy as those she creates. I just can't seem to create creepy like that. But I'm happy with them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A little bit of art

I took part in an art a-thon this past weekend, and actually got a bit of collage art done to trade with the other artists... 







Our local artist trading card group meets the fourth Saturday of the month, and someone brought up angels as a group project. A couple of us made in another art group several years ago, and I'd actually come across the pattern last month during as studio
 destash bout.  However we'd need to make one for each artist participating. 
They were a bit time consuming (for me at least) so while I'm not sure I'd do the group trade,(10 - 12 is too many!) I'll probably make one or two. 

This is the one I made several years ago in memory of my daughter. 
Jen's Angel 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 



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