Last week we met for our monthly Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap and the theme was “Destinations.” Some interpreted destinations as being different locations that you can visit around the world and other interpreted it a little differently. For instance, Brent created this card with the destination obviously being a graveyard.
He interpreted it as a destination that we will all visit eventually. He even attached a sleeve on the back where he inserted a poem that he wrote. Definitely a grim take on the subject matter, which I like, and also clever in interpretation and execution with the poem.
On a lighter note, Maggy interpreted her destination as being a magical place that is based on an old classic, Oz, as in The Wizard of Oz.
I love the concept as well as the Steam Punk twist.
Kathleen also took an old classic and made her destination The Secret Garden.
How clever! I really like how the flowers are trying to peak over the fence.
Deb didn’t choose a magical or make believe location, or an actual country or location. She chose a beach, not a specific one. Just a warm one with sand and palm trees.
What a cute idea and I’m sure that those of us in the northern states are dreaming of the beach right now after the winter we’ve had. I know I am!
A few of us picked a specific country. Just look at this adorable Geisha that Marsha created, and yes, that is an origami kimono.
She also wrote “Japan” in Japanese. I absolutely adore this!
Tonya had a great idea and created different cards featuring different countries, so they were all different. I grabbed this one, which represents Holland.
I love the layering and collage in this one.
This is the ATC that I created for Scotland.
I used Faber Castell Gelatos as watercolor on the sky. The hills were made from a gelli print and the castle was just a piece of scrap paper that I embellished with the Scottish flag. The “Nessie” was made with a stamp that I carved. I wanted to get an eerie shadow effect. And the water was made with spray ink and Glossy Accents to create the glossy water effect. I also made water ripples by dragging a toothpick through the Glossy Accents while it was wet.
We had the pleasure of meeting a new member last week, Tabitha. She joined late in the game and was unaware of the “Destination” theme for the month, but she did provide some rad ATC’s using ink.
Each card had a different bird with a different word. So happy to have her join our group!
The theme for our March swap is “Monochromatic.” Each of us chose a color, which we have to use in 90% of our ATC design. We can use different shades of that color with a small amount of other accent colors. Can’t wait to see what everyone has created.
We are always trying to think of fun and different themes for our swaps. Do you have any awesome suggestions for ATC swap themes? I would love to hear them!