Daily ATC in February

  

I’m having fun this month revisiting a format I hadn’t worked with in quite some time: the artist trading card (ATC). I used to participate in a lot of swaps and trades for ATCs and, later on, chunky book pages. At one point, it just became too much and I stopped. Now, I create for the joy of it and, if someone wants to trade, I’ll do it when I feel like it. I don’t want it to become an obligation or a burden like it was after a while. I want my art making to be a source of joy and even relaxation.

The techniques used for this first set are: collage, painting, drawing and stamping. If anyone is interested in trading for any of these, please let me know in the comments. 

Thanks for visiting!

The last of the zentangle coasters

Zentangle Coasters 21 to 31

Here is my last set of Zentangle Coasters. I have to tell you, it was getting to be quite a challenge towards the end, deciding which “tangles” to draw and how to place them on the tile. I’m glad I’m done with them… for now. The photo below shows two stacks: on the left, the ones from September 2011; on the right, the ones from January 2016.

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I decided that my daily art for February will be ATCs: artist trading cards. I’ll be posting them daily on Facebook and Instagram with a weekly update on here. And yes, they will all be available to trade, if anyone is interested…

Zentangle Coasters 11 to 20

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My collection of Zentangle coasters is coming along nicely. I seem to be playing more with the shading now, to add dimension. There are days when I just don’t know what to doodle anymore but I keep doing it anyway. In this batch, I did one of the coaster with a metallic gel pen so it doesn’t have many fine lines and it looks a bit different. Can you spot it?

I haven’t decided yet what my daily art project will be for February. I’m open to suggestions if you have them. Keep in mind that I don’t knit or crochet…

Have a nice week!

 

Journals

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This is the pile of small journals and notebooks I’m working in these days. I have several more journals that are incomplete and which I plan to fill up this year. And when I say several, I mean at least five or six.

The ones in this photo all have different purposes: the one at the bottom is my lettering journal (made from a dollar store composition book) and I’m using it to write quotes in pretty lettering for Kate’s #letteringjanuary challenge; the second one is to keep track of a daily ritual I started in August (1 self portrait + 1$ in a jar each day until my 40th birthday); the third book is an altered book I just started for Journal 52 and Colour Me Positive; the 4th book is for Lisa Sonora’s class Creative + Practice; the 5th book is my planner (altered dollar store notebook); and, finally, my mini Moleskine I can carry with me at all times.

In front of the journal pile is a stack of 31 blank coasters. I’m drawing Zentangles on them, one per day, for the month of January. I’ll post the first batch at the end of the week.

How many journals/notebooks and or projects are you working on right now?

Challenges

For those who wanted more information about Art Abandonment, you can go to Micheal De Meng’s blog. The idea is simply to create art and abandon the piece for someone else to find and enjoy. This one is a 4″x4″ coaster which has been decorated with waterproof pens and markers. Same little character as the first abandonment. She’s new and hasn’t told me her story yet.

Another challenge I’ve decided to take up is to draw every day, using this list. Tammy of Daisy Yellow has inspired me to get started and I will share my drawings one a week for as long as I create them.

Lastly, the biggest challenge of all, is the unpacking + organizing of my apartment. So many boxes, so much stuff… I’m doing one or two boxes at a time so I don’t get overwhelmed but it’s taking a lot of time. So maybe I should get off the computer and do a little more…😉

She’s baack! – La revoilà!

Hello dear readers!

I’m sorry for being gone so long without any explanation. Life got in the way of creating and blogging. Also, there was the wee matter of a break-up. But now I’m back and I’m here to stay… I hope!

I haven’t done many things in the past month except work, work and work. I started Nanowrimo and even though I’m still technically participating, I know I won’t have 50,000 words by the end of the month. And I’m ok with it.

I’ve been stuck in a rut, creatively speaking, so last weekend, I decided to participate in a small challenge (no prize, only the satisfaction of having done something!) The card above is the result of that. The challenge was issued by our local scrapbook store on their blog and on Facebook. My mother has been doing all their challenges so far and her projects are beautiful!

From now until the end of December, I will try to post at least once or twice per week but I will definitely be working on a new schedule and some projects for 2012. Until next time… have a nice day and smile!🙂

Bonjour chères lectrices!

Je suis désolé de m’être absentée si longtemps sans explication. La vie a pris le dessus sur mon temps de création et de blogging. Aussi, il y a eu une rupture amoureuse. Mais maintenant je suis de retour et espère l’être pour de bon!

Je n’ai pas fait grand chose pendant le dernier mois à part travailler, travailler et travailler. J’ai commencé Nanowrimo et même si je participe encore, je sais que je n’aurai pas 50,000 mots d’ici la fin du mois. Et ça me va comme ça.

J’étais prise dans une routine, côté créatif, alors la fin de semaine dernière, j’ai décidé de participer à un défi (aucun prix sinon la satisfaction d’avoir fait quelque chose!) La carte ci-haut en est le résultat. Le défi a été lancé par notre boutique de scrapbooking locale sur leur blogue et Facebook. Ma mère participe au défi à chaque semaine et ses projets sont très beaux!

D’ici la fin décembre, je vais tenter de bloguer au moins une ou deux fois par semaine mais je vais définitivement travailler sur un nouvel horaire et des projets pour 2012. D’ici là… passez une belle journée et souriez!🙂

30 coasters and 700 posts – 30 sous-verres et 700 articles

It’s the last day of September and I now have a nice stack of zentangle coasters! I am looking for a good way to seal them so they can be used as real coasters. And if that works, I will put them in my shop. Meanwhile, today’s post is #700 and I thought it would be a good idea to have a little giveaway. So, comment on this post before next Friday and you will have a chance to receive your very own Zentangle coaster as well as an envelope filled with crafty goodness.

Good luck and have a nice weekend!

C’est le dernier jour de Septembre et j’ai enfin une belle pile de sous-verres zentangles! Je recherche une bonne façon de les sceller pour les utiliser en tant que vrai sous-verres. Et si ça fonctionne, il se retrouveront dans ma boutique. En attendant, ceci est l’article #700 et je pensais que ce serait une bonne idée de faire un petit tirage. Alors, laissez votre commentaire ici avant Vendredi prochain et vous aurez la chance de recevoir votre propre sous-verre Zentangle ainsi qu’une enveloppe remplie d’items amusants pour bricoler.

Bonne chance et bonne fin de semaine!

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