Thursday, January 26, 2012
Working Even Smaller: ATC's
It's been a fantastic year for me. After many years of dabbling here and there with my art, and not being at all consistent, I've finally broken out of that holding pattern. It feels wonderful to be energized and inspired to create. All of the excuses I used in the past are still true -- I'm busy, I don't have a studio, I'm not sure what I should do, which medium should I use etc.. and etc... Discovering mixed media has been a breakthrough for me. I no longer have to choose just one medium to work in. Since I love drawing, painting, printmaking, and now, collage, I couldn't be happier. I hadn't tried working in the Artist Trading Card size before, but became inspired to try it out as a way to consistently work on collage and art every day.
It's great fun working in this format! It's a wonderful way to use up bits and pieces of papers, and it's extremely motivating to have some finished pieces in a short amount of time.
These pieces all began with a large piece of watercolor paper I'd painted with a blue background. I then did some quick doodling with a soft pencil before I cut the paper into the smaller cards. After that, it was quick, intuitive and fun collage work. Let me know if you're interested in trading a card!