Inspired by…artist trading cards

My December ATC’s are finished and in the mail. With the busy holiday season there were many moments of  concern as to whether they would be finished in time. They were…just barely.

mountain, acrylic painting, artist trading cards, atc's

jasmine, acrylic painting, artist trading cards, atc's

acrylic painting, artist trading cards, atc's

They are very…blue. Blue seems to be popping up a lot in my work these days. Not sure why?

I have to admit I had a bit of a hard time departing with my mountain scene. I am thinking  hoping if I did it once, I can do it again.

My  approach with these cards was  to paint a 9 1/2″ by 11 1/2 piece of paper in all shades of blue combined with different marks and textures. I then cut out a small frame 3 1/2″ by 5 1/2 ‘ (ATC size) and used it as a view finder to pick out smaller sections that intrigued me within the larger piece of paper.

atc, artist trading card, abstract, acrylic

ATC size view finder

Paper for February ATC’s….can you guess the theme? I feel like I am back in grade school making Valentines for all of my favorite friends.

atc, artist trading cards, abstract

I am really enjoying this process. I picked it up from Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jumpstart. A month-long program (free!)  showcasing different artists all giving their advice on how to jump-start your creativity. A little video each day with tidbits of information and advice on how they kickstart their creativity…such a nice way to start the morning.  Will miss it in February. If you are interested I bet you can still sign up….

Dina Wakely taught us about creative calisthenics – painting, making marks,no rhyme, no reason, no care of the outcome – freestyling art.

It works! It always boils down to just starting.

Before I paint now, I mix a few colors I would not normally use, grab a piece of watercolor paper and go for it. I have ended up with some really beautiful pages all ready now for ATC’s , a little art journaling or possibly some mixed media for another painting.

Have a great week!


15 thoughts on “Inspired by…artist trading cards

  1. I love the cards you featured! All so very beautiful. The ones for February are going to be lovely. Thank you for sharing these handy tips! And I now know what ATC’s are. 🙂

    Have a wonderful week!

  2. WOW this is so lovely! I just followed you! I have a passion for art and photography and artistic photography so you are kind of an inspiration here for me! Anyone with an artiistic blog is 🙂 keep inspiring!

  3. Those blues rock! You have inspired me! I have a colorful paper I made that didn’t turn out to be what I thought it would so I think I will search for smaller parts in it for a postcard swap I have coming up! Thanks for the spark!!!!

  4. Great stuff Julie! The Creative Jumpstart sounds pretty cool…
    I love your ATC’s & really love the messy, textured look of the pinks. Great work!
    i always have a nice visit on your blog. 🙂
    happy CED! xox

  5. They’re all fabulous Julie, I also love your mountain scene, I can understand wanting to keep it! I also love the beautiful valentines day, love, inspired cards, gorgeous work from a lovely lady! xxx
    PS. Been meaning to write to you, just flat out, and busy with my boys and juggling time to devote to art, but you’re on my mind x

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