As a writer and artist, a card swap that incorporates storytelling and art is right up my alley. The main objective for this swap is to create ‘a story told in only six words.’
One of the prime examples used to illustrate this task is Hemingway’s famous six-word tale: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Over the years, threads encouraging people to share their own six-word stories have blossomed on the likes of Reddit and Tumblr.
The Six Word Stories swap I participated in allowed artists to use mixed media materials, as opposed to just hand-drawing or hand-painting the cards.
Below, are the cards I created for the swap, and the ones that I received in return:
The Cards that I Made…
She danced. Hoping he would notice.
Materials Used: Fine-point Sharpie pen, cut paper, pencil, colored pencil
I enjoy using Zentangle patterns to create dresses, as seen in this card. I wanted to depict the feeling that one has when they have a crush on someone who is oblivious to the fact.
Birds chirp. Mother Nature awakens. Sunrise!
Materials Used: Fine-point Sharpie pen, glitter glue, cut paper, colored pencil
The tree and the bird feature a Zentangle pattern, which I paired with a gold glitter effect to signify the sparkling light that the rising sun creates.
Red eyes. All cried out. Divorce!
Materials Used: Fine-point Sharpie pen, water color pencils, white gelly roll pen
I was watching a movie when I worked on this card, and as a result, arrived at the theme. The white gelly roll pen allowed me to create the tears.
Got a letter. Response? Not interested.
Materials Used: Fine-point Sharpie pen, cut paper, colored pencil, hole puncher
Whenever I can, I like using a hole puncher to create the look of a stamp with artist trading cards, so I specifically worked on a six-word story that allowed me to incorporate this technique.
The Cards that I Received…
In return, I received the following cards.
You wouldn’t believe what she did!
It’s funny that I got this card. We have a Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix that gets into everything, so I can totally relate to its meaning, and love that a Boston is featured here.
A poisoned apple nearly killed her.
I love fairy tales, and think the woman is just beautiful here. Also, you might not be able to tell from the photo, but the artist used a textured material that gives off the 3-D impression of snow.
The little fairies all whispered together.
I’m a fan of fairies, and enjoyed the mixed media techniques used in this card.
What card(s) shown here do you like the best?
Can you come up with your own six-word story?