Monday, September 24, 2007

Special ATC's for Coffee-Theme Exchange





I made these Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) for a group "coffee-themed" trade we are doing on the Monday Artday ATC site. These were a labor of love for me because I so admire the wonderful work of Sandro Botticelli, Marc Chagall, and Vincent van Gogh. These are part of what I'm calling my "favorite artists coffee mug" series.

If you haven't gotten into ATC's, you should check out the site and come join the fun. It's an incredible opportunity to get to know artists and their fabulous work through trading these little gems.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Alphabets - Coffee ABC's



Color pencil sketch, manipulated in Photoshop.

The cup sketches were actually from artist trading cards (ATC's) I created. After scanning the images into my computer, I simply manipulated the images in Photoshop and came up with this illustration. I was going to try to do the whole alphabet, but that will be for another project someday. =)

I was so busy making ATC's last week that I didn't get to post my "visitor" drawing for Illustration Friday last week (it's on my list of things to do). And I hadn't missed a week since I started this blog in May! Anyway, I didn't want to miss it again, so this is what I came up with.

I also found an "A to Z of Coffee" list on the internet. Really good info and definitions of some coffee-related terms. Fun read!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Monday Artday Challenge - Charm


Yay!!! I'm so excited about the awesome award I won for the weekly challenge. Thank you so much Bearuh and thank you Monday Artday!


Monday Artday posted a challenge to "alter" a small object so that it could be worn as a charm.


First, I found my small objects: small wooden tile and buttons from my sewing basket. I think just finding something to use took the longest time!


I painted a small tropical fish on the tile and painted the buttons, which were used as embellishments. I also applied gloss varnish to seal the paint, and added a starfish charm and crystals, too.


Oh, and I finished it with a lobster clasp so that one could easily hang it on a charm bracelet.

I'm so happy to be trading with Sheri, who also made a beautiful charm out of a domino tile. I'm looking forward to the exchange! =)

"Crazy for Coffee Mugs" ATC's

These ATC's are getting to be so addictive! =) Here are some new ones I did...


Beach Mug


The Love Mug **For Kat Blue**


Mermaid Mug **For Emila Yusof**


Tuscan Red Pot Mug