Cold here today, maybe the coldest day of year so far, so why not spend time inside and get my mixed media on. I am participating in an Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap with Mixed Media as the guideline. Here are my ATC cards. I had fun creating these.
How did I make them? The first thing was I brayered acrylic paints onto old book pages. I have not used brayer for a long time - good to get it out and use it. The book was old, brittle and showed signs of age.
The book "Travels with Charley" I got it for 20c at a flea market. I have used it on cards previously. Do you see my reference to my title of this post? A love that it says a "vivid kaleidoscope" so this was what aided my search for just right colours of paint.
Next, I made my own tape - washi style. I found this fabulous video by Mixed Media Morsels on how to make your own painted tape. I watched the video, was captivated and decided to give it a try. You lay strips of masking tape down on waxed paper and go to town with paints, inks, markers, stamps. Thank you Cat for a great video.
After this was dry I pealed off the tape, and applied to my base ATC. Our tape must be wider than in United States so I needed to tear it and I think it gives great character.
Finally, finished off with some distressed cheesecloth that I had coloured with ink, a thought stamped onto paint scraps from when I finished with each colour onto separate piece of card the sequins for a bit of bling.
Here is a close up of some of the cards:
I thoroughly enjoyed making these ATC's, I had a smile on my face as they came together.
Thank you for looking, and I love the quote that follows, it sums up mixed media don't you think? Margaret :)
“Often she felt as though she had been picked up and turned about like a kaleidoscope, that all her complacent assumptions had been shaken up and reassembled in a different order”. Judith Lennox, All my sisters.