Hello Joy Clair lovers! Happy Wednesday... I hope you all have a great week so far :) Today I have a mixed media project to share with you.
These are my very first time created Artist Trading Card or known as ATC. It can be done with any technique, even simple collage of pictures or simply stamping and coloring. Honestly, at the beginning it was intimidating, but when I tried it, it's super fun!
The ATC size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Some people recycle their playing cards. People also trade these cards, not for sale. It is a fun way of trading art works with crafty friends, don't you think?
To create my cards today I used the Christmas Coffee Clear Stamps, homemade gesso, Gelatos, Stamper's Big Brush Pens, PITT Artist Pen, Ranger Texture Paste, Stencils, Mini Staplers, Cardboards, Watercolor papers, watercolor brush, water, sprayer, stamping blocks, and paper towel.
Do you know that you can make your own gesso and texture paste with simple ingredients? These ingredients you can find around your house, actually :) Here they are:
- 1/4 cup baby powder
- 1 tablespoon glue (elmer or mod podge)
- 1 table spoon while acrylic paint
- some water
I have 3 cards ready that I cut them in 2.5" x 3.5" out of thick cardboard. This is a good way to recycle box cardboards, becuase I prefer using thicker cardstock to use on some mixed media projects. Next, using old credit card, I applied the gesso on each card and let them dry (or if you are in hurry, you can use craft heater to dry them).
Once the cards dried well, I stamped the images (cups, leaves, steams) using Stamper's Big Brush Pens. These pens are india ink that will dry permanently on any surfaces. I like them also because I can easily use multiple color on one image, just like you see on those 2 cups above. And then I used black Artist PITT Pen Medium size to draw the outline of those stamped cups.
Next step is creating the background. I added some of the red Gelatos on the edge of the card and using my finger to spread the colors to fill the background. It is very easy to spread since I primed it first with gesso first.
Once the background all done, I sprayed and sprinkled them with some water, let them sit for 30 seconds, and then I removed the water with paper towel. I love how the background look now. Gelatos reacts well with water, we can use them to create background just like that, or even watercoloring with them. The water does not remove any of the stamped or doodle images at all.
I found some scrap watercolored papers in my stash that I crated them for another project in the past. I stamped the sentiment with Black Stamper's Big Brush Pen and attached them at each corner of the card with mini stapler. And then using the medium Artist PITT Pen to draw the line around the edge to create the doodle frame.
The final step and to finished my ATC cards, I added some texture paste on the empty spaces with some star, circle and crisscrossed stencils. Then I added some green Gelato on the edge to give some darker shadow on them. I used my finger to spread it around the edges.
The ATC cards are done. I totally enjoyed the time creating them. So...have you tried mixed media or made ATC before?
THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and I hope you all are inspired and enjoy them as well. Have fabulous day!