Zentangled ATC's - Assorted

A random assortment of ATC's featuring "Zentangles" (learn more about zentangling here) :

Cara (11/29/2011)

 Zentangle Pattern Organza: 6 variations
My favorite pens for tangling. They come in a set so they're easy to through in your bag and take with you. Plus the plastic sleeve keeps them organized. I also find having them all together reminds you to switch sizes when working on a piece. And this is a great price compared to my local Aaron Bros....

My favorite reference book for ATC's is 1000 Artist Trading Cards. It's a source of endless inspiration.


Mixed Media Collage ATCs: Profiles

A series of ATC's using cut out profiles and mixed media techniques:

Profile ATCs
I used the same profile shape in each of these Artist Trading Cards. Some of the profiles were cut out and glued on top of another image, and sometimes I used glued the negative space left from where the head had been cut out on top of other images. I wanted to have so many layers of paint, paper, and found bits of stuff that the original layer could not be seen at all.

I was once again inspired by, and used several techniques from, my favorite book on the subject: Artist Trading Card Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap. Highly recommend it!

These cards were swapped as part of the ATCs For All "Artist Choice" swap.

2011-86 Redhead 

 Maps and decorative papers with encaustic, melted wax, paint and markers.

2011-87 Linear Thinking
 Found book pages with melted wax, handmade paper and decorative papers with pen & ink and marker.
2011-88 Reality
 Tissue overlay on chalk resist (instructions here), found book pages, marker and liquid embossing.
2011-89 Blue Head
Tissue paper on printed paper.

2011-99 Deep Interest
 Pen & Ink drawing with decorative papers and fortune cookie fortune.

My "Inspired by Edie Eckman's Beyond The Square" Afghan

I used Edie Eckman's book, "Beyond the Square" crochet motif guidebook to make circles for my freeform afghan and enjoyed the square making process so much I've decided to make one of each of the motifs in the book and somehow put it together into an afghan.


Zentangled ATC's - Pattern Variations

I'm participating in a series of Zentangle Pattern variation swaps on Swap-Bot.  Each Artist Trading Card is made using one or more Zentangle Patterns beginning with a particular letter. Tangle Patterns is a great resource for an alphabetical listing of patterns with links to instructions. And here's a link to the list of "Official" Tangle Patterns.

Zentangled Pattern Series: A
 Zentangle pattern afterglo using .05Copic marker on polka dot paper.

Zentangled Pattern Series: A

Zentangle Pattern Aah using Copic .05 marker on hand painted paper.
Zentangled Pattern Series: B

The ATC on the left is the Zentangled pattern Bridgden. The card on the right has: Beadlines, Bateek, Bales, Barber Pole, Basketweave and Baton. First time I've used so many patterns in such a small space. very busy.....

Zentangled Pattern Series:C
 On the left are the Zentangled patterns Carres and Chard. I used the cover of a Tiffany catalog and a Copic .05 marker. On the right is teh Zentangled pattern Cockles 'n Mussels drawn with a white Sharpie Poster Paint marker (the best white pen I've found for Zentangling) on dark blue card stock.

Crocheted Zig Zag & Freeform Bag

I used up more bits from the endless box of leftover needlepoint yarn to create a bag for my daughter.
Delaney's new bag

I started by making a simple zigzag rectangle of single crochet stitches turned on it's side.

The zigzag is inspired by one I saw in Sasha Kagan's book "Crochet Inspiration". It's one of my favorite books for having a good variety of stitch and motif patterns. My daughter wanted something that was vintage-y but modern. This reminded me of old afghans throw over Granny's couches.

I made a rectangle 13" x 24" using this pattern:

With Needlepoint yarn and G hook, Chain 80.

Foundation Row (right side): Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Sc in next 5 ch, skip next 2 ch, sc in next 5 ch, work 3 sc in next ch.  Repeat from *, ending last rep with work 2 sc in last ch. Change color. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 1: Work 2 sc in first st, sc in next 4 st. *Skip next 2 st, sc in next 5 st, work 3 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st. Repeat from *. Work 2 sc in last stitch. Change color. Ch 1. Turn.

Repeat this row changing colors every row. I used 18 different colors of yarn.

the freeform flap on the blocking board

For the flap I made a freeform shape using rows and squares built upon each other. I just sort of started with a color and did rows and then changed direction and patterns fairly randomly.

Delaney's Crocheted Bag

I used a magnetic button clasp and sewed a vintage button on the front.
the back of Delaney's bag
For the strap I made 24 double crochet granny squares:
will post the instructions when I can find them!

Paisley ATCs

ATC 2011-74: Zentangled Paisley ATC

 white ink drawing on business envelope liner
ATC 2011-75: Paisley #1
 Rubber stamps, book pages, and ink on paper
ATC 2011-76: Paisley # 2
 Rubber stamp and ink on collaged papers
ATC 2011-77: Paisley # 3
 Ink on paper
ATC 2011-78: Paisley #4
 Alcohol ink, metallic paint, rubber stamps and ink on paper
ATC 2011-79: Paisley #5
 Ink and embossing powders on paper
ATC 2011-80: Paisley #6
 Acrylic paint, embossing powders and ink on paper
ATC 2011-81: Paisley #7
Acrylic paint, alcohol ink and ink on paper


ATC Background Technique: Oil Pastel Resist

purple oil pastel with blue acrylic paint
 I happened upon a new technique for ATC backgrounds using gesso, oil pastels & acrylic paint.

orange oil pastel with purple acrylic paint
 As I make more I'll take photos of each step.

Supplies: ATC (needs to be pretty sturdy stock - junk mail postcards are a good free possibility); Gesso, Oil Pastels, Acrylic Paint, Paper bigger than ATC

Tools: Pallet knife or gift card, paint brush, brayer

1. Cover card with gesso. It should be unevenly spread, leaving ridges and valleys. I generally use either a pallet knife or credit/gift card to spread the gesso on. Let gesso dry completely.

2. Draw over card with oil pastel. Make it sort of uneven with some areas heavier than others.

3. Paint over card with acrylic paint. I use a pretty dry brush and paint unevenly over the whole card. Have the brayer & paper right at hand before you start painting.

4. As soon as you've finished painting, quickly lay the paper over the card & roll the brayer over the entire card. Lift paper to see what's happened. If you like it, you're done. If not you can lay the same paper over again & roll it with the brayer, which may deposit some of the paint from the paper back onto ATC. Or, you can use a clean piece of paper and remove more paint from the ATC. The images on the paper can be interesting as well. And you can reuse the same paper on different ATC's/colors to have layers of contrasting colors.

Swap-Bot's 100,000th Swap

I've been swapping on Swap-Bot since February of 2008. I've completed 105 swaps & Swap-bot has just celebrated their 100,000th swap, with 653 people swapping any piece of Swap-Bot themed snail mail. My assigned recipient listed Miss Kitty as her top favorite thing so I gave a stab at a Miss Kitty themed ATC. Miss Kitty's sense of style most certainly doesn't come naturally to me, but here's what I came up with:

I used a new (to me at least) oil pastel resist technique that I describe here.


ATC Background Technique: Tissue Overlay on Chalk Pastel

I came up with this technique while working on a Sentence-A-Day Art Journal, and have started using it as an ATC background as well. I wanted to be able to write on top of chalk pastel without having it smear.

Finished Page
Materials & Tools:

Paper (this is a medium weight watercolor paper), Gesso, Chalk Pastels, Tissue, Mod Podge

1. Apply gesso unevenly to paper with palette knife or gift card, leaving ridges. Let gesso dry completely.

2. Color randomly over the gessoed surface. It's a messy, chalky process.

3. Add a second color of chalk pastel, being mindful that it's easy to smudge what you're working on.

4. Cut tissue a bit larger than the paper. Carefully apply Mod Podge (matte used here) to one side of tissue, bieng very gentle as tissue tears easily. Carefully lay tissue onto paper. If you move it around as you lay it down it will smudge the pastel. Rub over the tissue to make sure it's completely attached. Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the whole surface. I rubbed a bit in some areas to tear away the tissue and reveal the pastel layers below. The Mod Podge will seal these spots.


ATC's for October 2011

Here's what I've done in October:

Mesh on Wax 
Melted Wax on paper with embellishment of mesh & metallic ink drawing.

Zentangled A ATC
Micron .25 mm pen on paper 
Zentangled B ATC
 Micron .25 mm pen on paper

Zentangled C ATC
 Micron .25 mm pen on paper

Zentangled D ATC
 Micron .25 mm pen on paper

Zentangled E ATC
Micron .25 mm pen on paper

Zentangled H ATC

Zentangled I ATC

Zentangled J ATC

Zentangled K ATC

Zentangled L ATC
 ATC 2011-58: "Art/Mysticism"
Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Acrylic paint, vintage text and embossing on paper
 ATC 2011-55: "Black Flower"
Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Acrylic paint, sponging and tissue paper on paper

ATC 2011-56: "Flower"
Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Alcohol Ink, Rubber Stamping and Distress Inks on paper

ATC 2011-61: "Flower"
Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Napkins, sponging and direct to paper inking on paper

ATC 2011-57: "Instinct is Enough"

Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Acrylic paint, alcohol ink and rubber stamping on paper
ATC 2011-62: "Old Pond"

Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Direct to paper inking, collage and found poetry on paper
ATC 2011-63: "Tree"

Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Torn paper, tissue layers and distress inks on paper
ATC 2011-59: untitled

Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Melted crayon, acrylic paint & sponging on paper

ATC 2011-60: untitled

Made for the ATC's For All Swap, A'La Carte Mixed Media
Tissue layers, direct to paper inking & embossing on paper

The above ATC's were made for the ATC's For All swap titled A 'La Carter Mixed Media. The challenge was to use at least 3 techniques from the following list:
Vintage sheet music
Vintage text
Foreign language papers
Torn paper technique
Text pages
Rubber stamped images 
Tissue layers
Pen or Pencil drawings
Acrylic Painting
Watercolor Painting
Distress Inks
Vintage Ephemera 
Transfers – i.e. gel medium/packing tape 
Printing with bubble wrap 
Direct to paper inking
Used postage stamps
Alcohol inks
Altered Photos
Paint over technique
Water soluble oil pastels
Resist techniques
Melted crayon background
Found Poetry
Watercolor pencils
Embellishments (light and not too high off the card)

ATC's made for the  Blue & White ATC Swap on Art 42:
ATC 2011-64: "Blue & White". Mixed media on paper.
ATC 2011-68: "Buddha Blue". Torn tissue, acrylic paint and ink media on paper.

ATC 2011-69: "Homage to Ellsworth Kelly". Acrylic paint and paper cut outs on paper.

ATC 2011-65: "Snowflake #1". Acrylic paint and ink on paper.
Created for the ATC's For All Swap "Winter Potluck Mystery Swap":

ATC 2011-66: "Snowflake #2". Acrylic paint and ink on torn paper collage.

ATC 2011-67: "Snowflake #3". Acrylic paint and ink on paper.

ATC 2011-70: "Winter Citrus". Acrylic paint and ink on paper .

ATC 2011-71: "Winter Storm". Ink on paper