Artist Trading Cards: Unlikely Friendships

When you think of unlikely friendships, what comes to your mind? Opposites attracting? Have you ever made friends with someone that you’d never expect to get along with? I’ve become friends with some of my high school rivals later in life, and have clicked with classmates in graduate school that…

Gift Idea for a Book Lover –Book-Shaped Plates from GoneReading.com

Even though my brother says the larger plate looks like a ‘fancy ashtray,’ I know what it’s supposed to represent. The Book Shaped Plate featured above is one of three pieces that I purchased from Gone Reading, which joins a book-shaped saucer and stackable cup I ordered. Made from porcelain,…

Using Watercolor Pencils to Make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Watercolor as an art medium is something I haven’t really explored deeply until this past year. I’m kind of surprised that I’ve grown to love using watercolor pencils, which allow me to draw and fill in the detail more precisely of the subjects I’d like to paint …and then add…

Artist Trading Card Swap (ATCs) – Six Word Stories

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…

What is #Zentangle Art + a Few Examples

I’m in love with an incredibly relaxing art technique that allows you to really go with the flow to create one-of-a-kind pieces called Zentangles. Yes, they are just as fun to make as they are to say. There are so many different styles of art that evolve from using this…

In the Dog House Artist Trading Card (ATC) Swap

As a dog lover, I enjoy participating in artist trading card swaps that incorporate a canine theme, so when the In the Dog House swap was announced – I knew I had to join. This time around, the objective was to create a mixed media trading card measuring 2 ½…

What are Kokeshi Dolls + an Artist Trading Card Swap (ATCs)

I’ve participated in a great deal of artist trading card swaps, and most recently, I had the chance to add Kokeshi doll art to my collection. While most swaps follow a 3-for-3 arrangement, we had the choice to make either 3 or 6 cards for this swap. I chose the…

Using Liquid Pearl Paints to Create Shimmer and Shine Artist Trading Cards

Last month, I participated in an Artist Trading Card Pick-a-theme (PAT) event with a twist – every card had to shimmer or shine. You had to use materials that catch the light in some way, and I joined the group for subtle shimmer, which gave me the perfect excuse to…

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) – Baby Deer, Donkey, Owl and Landscape

An artist trading card ‘PAT‘ means that you get to pick-a-theme, and have a group of artists interpret it in the way they see fit. Other factors come into play, such as the type of mediums you can use, but overall, it’s fun to receive an assortment of art cards…

The ecoalva Hardcover Notebook is Attractive & Made with Bamboo and Recycled Paper

The ecoalva mini notebook has a bamboo exterior that contains 100% recycled paper and a matching bamboo pen that slips into a small side-loop for safe-keeping. One of the first things I noticed with the bamboo notebook and pen set was how attractive it looked. Not only is it eye-catching,…