Life is a tapestry:
We are the warp;
angels, the weft;
God, the weaver.
Only the Weaver sees the whole design.
~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
Recently I was invited to join a small, very talented group of artists who swap Artist Trading Cards. For some odd reason I have recently become rather obsessed with these small works of art. Learning what things work and what doesn't work with the small size of ATC's has been a challenge for me to learn but I thoroughly enjoy working in this size now! I am having a great time building my collection of ATC's and I've also been enjoying trying out new techniques! The members of this small group are some of the most amazingly talented women I know and I am dumbfounded and grateful that they invited me to play! Have a look at The Disoriented Quilter, and this great web site, or here, or here - or here to see the work of some of the very talented artists! WoW! I am so pleased to be able to swap ATC's with them! I was behind on the time line for the current swap and I was not sure that I was going to be able to participate. Compared to the talents in this group I feel a bit behind the 8 ball but that's always a good thing because it makes me ready to learn, grow and evolve my talents. I am honored to be a part of this group!
The first swap that I got to join in on had a theme of "Warped" - as soon as the weather clears I am going to post photos of some of the utterly amazing cards that I have received - I promise you that they different than any ATC's you have seen before - thoroughly different and fun! These are photos of my first four cards - I am half way done now. I used the little poem that I posted at the top of the page as my inspiration for the theme. I do believe in angels and I used gold threads as a symbol of unity. I am so excited to now be a part of two ATC swapping groups - the other is through Roses on My Table from the ultra lovely, very talented Christina Zinnia Galliher. Zinnia makes very cool videos of all of the cards in the swap The "Roses" are fabulous group of very talented artists and I always enjoy our every other month swaps ! I am so lucky to have found two groups that allow me to grow and expand my creative horizons!
"Artist Trading Card Workshop" has been one of my favorite books on ATC making. Filled with lots of very cool techniques! I just ordered a used copy of Rubber Stamping Artist Trading Cards - the reviews say that it has lots of eye candy and shows lots of techniques. I love used books in good conditions!
Below: The back of the cards
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