A bit of everything

I mentioned this month that I’m participating in a 30 day journal challenge. I think it’s the third time I’m doing it and I find it’s a good habit to develop. This time, I’ve been working in a small art journal in which I had already prepared a myriad of pages in the previous months. So I can focus on answering the prompts for the challenge. I haven’t shared any of the pages until now. This page seemed appropriate to share on my blog so this was my daily art for yesterday.

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Today, I made a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a swap I joined over on Instagram. They are called clean-up cards. The only rule is to use scraps from the bottom of your pile. Well, I’ve have these scraps in a box for almost 10 years so I think it counts! I love how they turned out and I hope the people who receive them in the swap enjoy them.

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I’m also sharing a few photos from my fine motor skills activity today with a class of kindergarten students. We were doing “directed drawing.” I gave them each a set of 5 sheets on which they had illustrated instructions on how to draw certain things. Most of the students did very well on their own. I had to give more instructions to some but in general, the activity was a success. I took the time to look at how the kids were holding their pencil and the majority had a correct grasp and position.

We usually work for 45 minutes and then they get 10 minutes to use what I call “manipulation objects” from a basket: squeeze balls, stress balls, cut-down pieces of pool noodles, plastic pot scrubbers, etc.They enjoy the different textures and it’s a good exercise to relax their hands after some hard work. I’ll try to take a picture of that next time. Until then, have fun!

A couple of ATCs

It’s been a long and busy week at work. Getting to know all the new students and their parents is hard work but lots of fun too. I seem to have a great group of pre-k and kindergarten students so we should have tons of fun!

Today, I have a couple of ATCs to show you: one is for a trade (the cat) and the other is for my journal (the quote).

For the cat, I used a Sharpie pen and colored pencils. I also blended the colors with some solvent and a paper stub. For the quote, I painted with H2O watercolors and then wrote with my Fude Ball pen. Simple but effective!

Have a nice weekend!

Tree ATC trio

My first day back to work was fine but I’m quite tired tonight. So for my daily art, I simply drew some whimsical trees on watercolor ATCs. I then colored them in with markers which I then diluted and spread with a waterbrush to have a watercolor feel. Simple and fun.

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If anyone is interested in a trade, let me know!

Thanks for visiting.

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!

Canadian Thanksgiving – Action de grâce

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!

Joyeuse Action de Grâce à mes lecteurs/lectrices du Canada!

>Zentangle ATC #9 of 9 – CAÉ zentangle #9 de 9

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I finally completed the last ATC in my full page mosaic. And here are the 9 ATCs assembled:
J’ai finalement terminé la dernières CAÉ de ma mosaïque plein page. Et voici les 9 CAÉs assemblées:
 I’m really happy with the result. And now, I’m not sure I want to see them go! Maybe I’ll keep just one of them and trade all the others…
Je suis vraiment heureuse du résultat. Et maintenant, je ne suis plus certaine de vouloir les voir partir! Peut-être que j’en garderai une et j’échangerai les autres…
 

>Silly duck ATC – CAÉ Canard bizarre

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I have started making simple ATCs again, mostly because I want to have a few available to trade with my mother’s students. I love to encourage young talents and I think that trading ATCs with them is a great way to do so. I have a few in the works but this one was finished while watching the final game between the Habs and the Bruins. I rarely watch whole hockey games because I get over-excited but I just had to watch that one last night. Unfortunately, the Habs lost but it was a really great game.
J’ai recommencé à faire des CAÉ simples, surtout parce que je veux en avoir de disponibles pour échanger avec les élèves de ma mère. J’aime encourager les jeunes talents et je pense qu’échanger des CAÉ est une bonne façon de le faire. J’en ai quelques-unes de commencées mais celle-ci fut terminée en regardant la dernière partie entre le Canadien et les Bruins. Je regarde rarement une partie entière de hockey parce que je deviens sur-excitée mais je me devais de regarder celle-là hier soir. Malheureusement, le Canadien a perdu mais c’était une très bonne partie.
 

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