I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Swap-bot is love. Love in art. Love in the challenge. I may not keep what I make, but it’s not what I make that I enjoy. It’s that I enjoy the process.
When I create a lot of my art, it’s not a peaceful thing. It’s an urgent need. It’s a mess that needs to be cleaned up. It’s a burning in my brain. Rice Freeman-Zachary said it best in this post on her blog. Basically, creating art isn’t always pretty.
Enough of my rambles! Onto the messy stuff!
I joined a swap called Ephemera Dragon ATC. The qualifiers for this swap are:
- A piece of ephemera – music sheet, map, dictionary page, newspaper, leaflet, catalogue, matchbook, ticket stubs, clean food wrappers etc.
- A Dragon – it can be a picture or embellishment (button, sticker, charm etc). Dragons from all regions and legends are welcome, except ‘cute’ types. Dragons are magestic, so let’s honour that.
I had newspaper! Aged newspaper! I had dragon charms! I had everything I needed to make this ATC! See?
The Makings of the Ephemera Dragon ATC
So I got to work. I had every intention of taking progress shots as I went along for The Artistic Biker, but like I said, burning in the brain! Burning!
All my good intentions flew out thew window. Before I knew it, a couple hours had passed and I was done.
Finished Ephemera + Dragon ATC
I couldn’t leave the newspaper as it was. I just had to add some color, so I used some of Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain. I added some dimension to the digital image, provided by Herculiz on Etsy, by adding some foam tape.
It looked lonely all by itself, so I cheated and framed it with some tissue tape. Again with the Tim Holtz. You all know what fangirl I am with him. I used more Distress Stain to give it the red color.
Finally, I used an eyelet and a brad to attach the dragon charm. I got the dragon charm a long time ago from a business which has, sadly enough, been long out of business. I wish it weren’t so. :(
Here’s another shot. I hope you can see more of the 3D effect with the little inchie.
It’s not too prevalent, but it’s still there. I didn’t want to have it overwhelm the charm.
This ATC is really not my usual style of artwork. I think it’s because of this that I love it all the more. In fact, of all the swaps I’ve done, I’m going to have a hard time letting this one go the most. The beauty of doing my own art is that I can always make myself something similar though!
Also, of all the swaps I’ve done? This one has been one of the most challenging as it’s really made me step out of my box of pen to paper. Thus, it’s made it one of the most enjoyable ones as well.
Hopefully, it’s opened my eyes to using a new medium for my own particular brand of artwork.
So thank you Swap-Bot! For all you’ve offered me and all you do! I’m a huge fangirl and will hopefully remain one for a long time to come. :)
One last bit of news. If you noticed my mention of The Artistic Biker, he’s offered to show my work on his weekly show. How exciting is that? So if you have a chance, tune in on Thursday from 6-8pm U. S. Central Time. :)
Happy Wednesday, everyone! The joie de vivre is vibrating all around!