Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Tuesday with Tara {take 262} Art Grows Brain Cells

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card was inspired by today’s daily SNS challenge word: ART.  I’ve had this fun Craftiness is Happiness stamp set by Taylored Expressions and hadn’t played with it yet  I love all the artsy images in it, but the sayings are a bit too craft focused for my taste.  When I found this sentiment by Picket Fence, I knew they would be perfect together!

I played around with images from the set, combining a paint tube, brush and pen with some squiggles & splats for a colorful design on a white die cut circle. I then dig through pieces from the Dina Wakley class again and after trying some of my faves, I chose an ugly one to work with. Lol. Since I’ve gotten some new gloss sprays since class, I added a bit to my ugly background.  I sprayed, splattered and poured little bits of gloss spray until I had tons of colorful bits that would peek through on this card.  It’s pretty much a hot mess, but sometimes art is messy!

Since there is so much going on in both my background and my focal image, I kept the card design very simple.  My layout was inspired by a sketch I had saved a while back, though I rearranged the flag event to work with my design and give better balance to the colors I was using.  It’s taken me a few days, but this card is growing on me and I like it more now than I did at first!  Maybe my brain cells are growing?  Lol

inky, painty hugs,







Tuesday with Tara (take 81)

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today I`ve got something different to share with you… it`s by no means a new type of project, but it`s something I haven`t created for years and I`ve never shared any with you before- today I have a few ATC`s to share!

An ATC is an Artist Trading Card and it`s a mini piece of art (2.5×3.5 inches) designed to be traded.  I recently reconnected with some stamping friends I met online probably 15 years ago, and one of them had the great idea to host an ATC swap. The only guideline we were given was to use postage stamps as our inspiration… Here are a few of the ATCs that I`ve made so far for our swap.  I selected a couple rubber stamps to be my focal point- these funky birds are by Magenta, and I thought they would look great in black & white with a bold watercolored background.  I want each card to be unique though, so I`ve played around with a variety of colors, all created on Watercolor paper with Color Burst.

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Since these are so small, there wasn`t much room to add details or embellishments!  I added a bit of Distress Ink through a stencil and a simple text stamp under some washi tape to frame the vintage postage stamp I finished them off with.

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It was hard to capture it, but the birds have a light shimmer from Perfect Pearl Mist.

Here`s two more ATC`s I made with the same supplies.

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My close up shot of these shows off the Perfect Pearl shimmer a bit better…

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These were fun, and I`m looking forward to creating the rest of my set to swap… it`s great to be doing something NEW for 2017 and I can`t lie, it`ll be great to get some happy mail!

Now a side note… have you been keeping up with all the sneak peeks of new products coming out at the Creativation trade show (formerly CHA)- there is a bunch of fabulous new products, and I`ve been having a ball watching Tim Holtz share his on Facebook live.  I`ve shared a few links on our Facebook page, so check it out!

Here`s hoping you have a fantastic, creative week.

Inky hugs,