Saturday, April 12, 2014

You've Got Mail!

It seems nowadays that everyone gets busy and things get put off.  Important things.  That's exactly what happened with our sharing of the results of our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap Challenges".  So, without any further ado, it's once again time for the results of our "Challenge" from February.

As you know, any member of the group can "Challenge" the others with creating something special and unique.  There're no "rules" except that anyone that participates creates one Challenge Item for "Show & Tell" using everyday mixed media materials . . . embellishments, paints, papers, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy! Without any themes or other guidelines, the ultimate goal is to showcase each artist's personality through the type(s) of embellishments, decorations, or techniques used.  The Challenge given in February was to create "Mail Art Postcards" to share at the next month's Workshop.  The only restriction placed on each artist was that each finished piece could be no larger than 4" x 6", or postcard size.  The results are long overdue in coming, so let's get goin' . . . 

Charlotte Fern created a bright and colorful postcard that anyone would truly enjoy receiving in their mailbox.  Using one of her favorite stamps, she's colored the background with chalks and inks over stencils, blending the colors together.  She then used blended chalks to color to the clothes and hair of her stamp, and viola . . . a gorgeous piece of art that you could easily mail to a friend or display on a shelf at home.

Charmaine Conway once again couldn't stop with just one.  For her first card, Charmaine fell in love with Tim Holtz' project in a recent issue of  a Stampington & Company stamping magazine and had to try to recreate it.  Using embossed metal tape on die cuts, alcohol and distress inks for "age" , and embellishments from Tim's idea-ology line, she's ended up with her version of the original, which looks pretty close to Tim's.  For her second postcard, Charmaine created one with a true travel spirit with a "pocket" perfect for holding all those tickets and ephemera you're sure to gather on your round-the-world trip.  With additional embellishments from Tim's idea-ology line, papers and ephemera from 7 Gypsies, her finished result was ready for mailing.

Deborah Schinzel also had fun with the Challenge and created two postcards.  For her first, she created a whimsical and musical feel using stamps and coloring with Copic markers as accents.  As a final touch, she added a strip of washi tape "stamps".  For her second postcard, she created a small-sized collage from a favorite family photo of two generations of family members with two "sets" of sisters.   The background was created with the blending of opposite ink and paint colors.  To compliment the photo, she's added a favorite sentiment stamp on a coordinated printed paper and embellished with smaller stamps (butterflies and "May Require Extra Postage").

Jeanette Lee was another artist thinking travel as she created her postcard.  Finding an image of a bridge on the internet, she printed it on photo paper to give the look of a true vintage postcard.  Once her image had dried, she added embellishments with stamps using an archival ink so there'd be no smudging.  She added color to the edges with a gold Sharpie pen, before using her "fancy edge" cutting scissors.  Add an "air-mail" flag and "stamp", and her postcard was ready for the mail.

Even before she began,  Nicole Durst had the idea of using a favorite image of a small girl in mind.  She prepared her background with coordinating inks and paper with a vintage feel, tearing the edges for a distressed and aged look and feeling.  After applying the image of the girl, she added highlights with black marker around the edges to make her stand out from the background.  With embellishments of torn words from music, this simple, yet poigant, postcard carries a strong message . . . "I've heard the pray'rs . . . but this one made me cry".

Terri Durst's postcard revolves around all things "girly".  After creating a background on watercolor paper colored with inks, she began with a favorite Julie Nunning stamp from Prima that she stamped onto a piece of cardstock and cut out, removing the skirt.  To create a new and exciting skirt, she twisted strands of crepe paper and "draped" them in a flowing pattern, much like fabric.  She restamped her stamp onto a patterned paper for Julie's top and headband, then fussy cut and applied each over the original image.  Raiding the recycle bin in her office, she discovered stamps and address labels that suited her card perfectly.  Adding additional embellishments of stamps, snippets of papers, and bling, she's created the perfect postcard for any girl, no matter what age.

Lylia Hagerty created her two postcards based on vintage cards and images for Valentine's Day.  With cherubs and roses floating atop layers of colored tissue papers, her first postcard leaves no doubt that it's intended for that special Valentine.  In traditional shades of red, pink, and white, Lylia has added embellishments of glass hearts and sparkle for finishing touches.  Keeping in tune with the same Valentine color pallette, she's created her second postcard with coordinating papers, paints, and embellishments to spell out "Love".  Complete with vintage postage and cancellation stamps on the back of each (not shown), each postcard is a true work of vintage-inspired art.

Join us in congratulating and thanking all of these great artists for a job well done!  We'd love to hear what you think, so please leave us a comment . . . or two! . . . and share your thoughts.  And if you'd like to take part in our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap" or Challenges, join us the second Thursday evening of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm and you too can begin to think big in a small way!  There's no membership required and it's FREE!  Hope to see you there!

Watch for our next Challenge Results ~ Found Objects ~ coming soon!

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