Sunday, April 29, 2012

Artist Trading Cards - Stained Glass Art

When I was a teenager I used to sit and doodle for hours.  I also liked to do art that looked like stained glass.  Some day I will find my composition notebook where I created decorative alphabets and doodled.  But, for now I have to satisfy myself with trying to remember how I did these things and see if I can reproduce them.

Any one of the following designs I would choose to have as a stained glass window.  Well, maybe not the walking man, but he did turn out rather cool.  Maybe that one for an elementary school gym!  I would love to actually learn how to do stained glass and maybe some day I will.

I used a Micron 02 pen and permanent markers to hand draw and color the following artist trading cards (ATCs).  I am also thinking about starting a swap over at ATCs for All titled "Stained Glass".

Stained Glass - Butterfly

Stained Glass - Dolphin

Stained Glass - Flowers & Circles

Stained Glass - Moon & Sun

Stained Glass - Walking Man

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Little Spirit Lift

I think every once in a while it's good to get a "spirit" lift.  I really am trying to be more positive, even though most of the time I just want to scream at the top of my lungs "what the heck is it all for anyways?".

So, tonight I find out that the new Art Trader Magazine Issue #18 is available.  I download it and start browsing through it to see if there is anything that I might be interested in doing and there is.  The "10 Minute ATC" article is staring me in the face.  A 10 Minute ATC, really?  This is very cool, because I'm tired and haven't made an ATC in over two weeks.  This particular method is about blending markers and looks to be pretty straightforward.

Green Flower Garden
It might of taken me a little over 10 minutes as my white gel pen kept giving me fits, but I completed my ATC and posted it for trading.

Whew!  After that I continued browsing the magazine and I get to page 25.  Guess what page 25 is?  It is the Reader Gallery.  Guess who is in the Reader Gallery?  That's right; it is me!  It felt good and gave me the little spirit lift I needed.  Thanks to the Art Trader Magazine group of administrators for keeping art alive.


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