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Monday, July 27, 2009

About ATC's...

We all know that Big Things come in Small Packages...jewelry, perfume...ATCs!!!

Altered Trading Cards (ATC) were first created in 1997 by Zurich artist M.Vänçi Stirnemann, as a mean for artists to share and socialize with other artists.

Just a couple of rules were implemented by M.Vänçi Stirnemann:

Cards should not be sold, just exchanged
....Oooppss! I guess that rule has been forgotten... some ATC's became very collectible and can be found specially in auction sites from $.99 to a couple of hundred dollars!


Cards should be 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch in size.
What make these little works of art a challenge for some of us. I personally admire how many of you can express yourselves and transmit so much using such a small canvas!
Here are some examples of ATC's made by some of our Members...

"Tickled Pink" by Sally Paul


"Cherub" by Linda Donnelly

"Harold" By Judy Bidwell

"5 Objects" By Margaret Field

Different styles, different techniques, different materials but all full of character!
With ATC's you are free to draw, paint, print, add trinkets and findings, etc...the possibilities are totally up to you and your "altered mind" , but don't be fooled by their little size...to achieve a beautiful composition takes some time and practice...
Go on, get yourself some ATC blanks and have some altered fun!

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep"

~Scott Adams~



Friday, July 10, 2009

Growing up an artist...

It's funny how Teachers always tell us:
"Make sure you color in between the lines..."

We practice very hard, for a long time...

...until we finally get it right.....

That's when some of us, start to spend time "thinking outside the box"!...

"Lace cake #5" By Laura


Altered Spoon Necklace" by Going Green Boutique


"Altered Doll" by Constanza Berger

"So happy" Altered Spoon by Ann

"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"
~Howard Ikemoto~

Now, how cute is that?
Hope that you and your inner child have a creative weekend!


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

No water needed...

Look at us,


said the violets blooming at her feet,

all last winter we slept in the seeming death


but at the right time God awakened us,


and here we are to comfort you.
~Edward Payson Rod~



How about you...are you awake yet?...
Don't take too long to bloom, because just like the violets...
this might be your day to comfort someone...

All the lovely creations featured in this post belong to the following Etsy Cottage Style Members:

1- "Fleur Tags" by Gail Schmidt
2- "Flower with vintage button" by Kristen
3- "Handmade Flower Necklace" by Christine
4- "Peace" by Julia Rose
5- "Needle Book" by Melissa MH