Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Secret Door ATC's Have Arrived!

They have arrived! Right after I posted here yesterday, I went out to check the mail and there they were. I really LOVE this batch! I know I always say that, but these were especially well done! On the Artella website everyone is gushing about the cards they received. Now I can see why. Here are the first two. You can click on the image to get a larger view. I'll post the other two tomorrow. Hubby's favorite is the top one. I do love that one, too. I think my very favorite is one of the cards I'll show you tomorrow! :)

I didn't sign up for the next swap, but I'm thinking about signing up for the one later in August. They are offering some really cool swaps now. I don't want to over commit myself, but I'm wishing I had signed up for the inchies swap. I think it will be ongoing after this first go round, so maybe next time. Inchies are little one-inch pieces of art. You adhere them to cardboard or cardstock. Just one inch. Not too large a canvas. What do you do with them? You trade them with other artists and use them in your own art. When you create an inchie, it's usually something you'll incorporate into another piece of art. So, it's a "part" of a larger piece. It can be anything. Rather than create a whole face you could make a really elaborate eye. Then, the artist can use that in HER collage of a face. Or, some people create a ton of inchies and adhere them to a canvas in a collage. I, personally, like that idea. Hmm.... Oops, I digress.

My zine is keeping me busy and I don't want to fall behind in the flow I'm in. I ran out of ink in my cartridges yesterday so I need to make a trip to the supply store today. This little project may take a couple of cartridges. Why is is that when you print out ten of something, everything is fine until that last one. You just KNOW it's going to jam the printer or some other headache will occur. Yep, that's what happened to me. Meanwhile you waste precious ink trying to get it to print! I've decided to keep the "duds" and incorporate them into my personal zine. Ah, the sacrifices we must make... It's fun, though. Today I am painting the background of all ten zine covers. They are made of Tyvek so the paints and inks and whatever else you throw on them adhere really well. Then, I hope to attach the butterflies to each front. That's a lot to get done today, so I must get to it. I'll post one as soon as it's finished. It will look a lot better than the rough draft I posted yesterday. The colors will be more compatible on these.

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