Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pea In A Pod ATC

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Here is another atc I made, this time I decided to make the bee face into a pea….Im not done playing with this stamp yet 😀

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Beelogical Artist Trading Cards

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Ive had this rubber stamp of a cheeky little face for some time and never gotten around to using it, funnily enough I think her face reminds me of a little bumble bee so I decided to make some ‘beelogical’ themed artist trading cards featuring it. I stamped the face onto business card sized card stock and then doodled on some doodling to the face to give her a body – of sorts, and then added a splash of colour.

Heres what I came up with (click on the thumbnails to see better):

Encaustic Artist Trading Cards

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I added the finishing touches to these artist trading cards this morning and wanted to share them with you 🙂

I recently found my encaustic art mini craft iron while sorting out my art stash and decided to celebrate the occasion by actually USING it to make some encaustic art backgrounds with.

As usual I created LOTS of backgrounds, many of which I have yet to use in art projects, when I use them I will be sharing those too but for now heres the smaller backgrounds that I made into artist trading cards below:

These are the backgrounds prior to making into ATCs:

And below is a gallery of the finished artist trading cards, I stamped them using silhouette stamps in black ink and added highlights to make them pop a little (click on thumbnails to see them better):

Spring Fever Artist Trading Card Giveaway

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Yesterday I decided to have a look-see amongst my collection of duplicate Artist Trading Cards Ive made over the years for various swaps, challenges and what not and almost gave myself a fright when I realised how many spares I have amassed over the years!

Those of you who have followed my various newsletters, blogs and websites over the years (thank you) will no doubt be well aware that I have a tendency to go a little OTT when I am enjoying making something; after all why bother just making 1 single atc when I can  go overboard and make 10 of them huh? 😛

But what is a girl to do with so many spare atcs?

Then it hit me….GIVE THEM ALL AWAY!

So I decided to do a blog give-away for not one but 2 lucky blog followers!!  Yay!

Look at the following 2 pictures of ALL the atcs you could win…count them… 36 individual handmade atcs – all featuring different styles and themes.

They could be *YOURS*

That’s right 2 lucky winners will receive each and every single artist trading card featured in the following 2 pictures below:

So What Do You Have To Do To Enter The Giveaway Draw?

Three Simple Things:

1. Follow this blog

2. Share this post either on facebook or on your blog.

3. Add a comment below stating:  ‘What You Love Most About Spring’

Winners will be drawn in 2 weeks time, there will be 2 lucky names drawn randomly who will recieve each and every atc featured in the above pictures.

* Note: comments are moderated so you wont see them show up straight away. *

Good luck everyone!

Thoughts On Online Classes

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Lately there has been a massive surge in online classes and workshops being released on the web by various well-known artists and some not so well-known artists; all of whom are offering to share the fruits of their knowledge, ranging from mixed media to art journalling techniques.

These classes all offer a fantastic learning experience, particularly for those of us who don’t have that luxury of being able to attend a real life class because they live in the middle of nowhere or for those who have a hectic lifestyle or heavy work schedules. You can follow an online class at your own self pace, and best of all most classes are available *forever* so its kind of like buying into a visual art techniques book full of videos and tutorials.

That is the happy positive side of online classes, what of the negatives?

Well obviously I can only speak for myself on this subject; as a profoundly deaf adult who can’t understand a single word that is being spoken on the art technique video’s I always feel completely left out of the loop.

Which makes me ask myself this question; why should I pay full price for an online class when that teacher has made no special provisions for me?

If they havent captioned (subtitled) the video’s or at least offered a written transcript of the video technique, then I have no way of understanding what the class subject matter is about, or if there is a class assignment that I have to do?

If you’re not going to give us complete full access by way of captions on videos or transcripts then at the very least you could consider a disabled concession rate on the prices of the classes to compensate this.

I recently signed up for an online class in lettering, initially I loved the class, but after a few days of video lessons where I simply just couldn’t follow the videos properly because there were no captions, I kinda became disheartened, left out and gave up on it. As an online teacher offering this service then surely it is their job to make sure all of their students can understand fully what the class is teaching us?

Captions/Subtitles would also benefit students whose first language isn’t English as they too would be able to follow the classes better so it’s not just deaf students who would benefit from this.

I get really fed up of moaning about the lack of captions on art videos in the art world, art dvds are exactly the same – no captions, I’ve been saying this for years and still there are no changes.

Surely in this day an age where we have to make sure that public buildings and businesses have wheelchair access by law; we should also be making sure that deaf people are also included with the help of captioning and subtitles and given full access too?

I’ll get off my soapbox now…