Caged Heart

this is the prototype for the Caged Heart ATC I will be teaching at ZNE’s ConvenZioNE at the end of the month. I wanted to include as many techniques as possible in the one hour per class time-table and this demonstrates the use of acrylics with glazing medium, stamping, stenciling, an image transfer method that is foolproof, water soluble graphite pencil with a blending medium, Pitt pen detail, dip-dot heart, journaling, and shading/highlighting with charcoal.

I have listed this one for sale in my etsy shop. The theme comes from an ATC that was published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors July ’09.


I have been a busy gal getting ATC’s done to swap at the ConvenZioNE. I wanted to come up with some that reflect my work so I decided to little mini portraits. Oh my, is it time consuming. But they are coming together and this batch is completely done. I added the event, year and a message to all of the cards so people will remember where they got them later. I am also doing some ‘Caged Heart’ cards because that is what I’m teaching there. I still have a stack of 1/2 done cards that I will be attacking tomorrow, but for today I feel good to have gotten this big bunch finished. Anyone wanting to check out the Art Retreat can click on the button in my right hand column and it will take you right to all the info.

I’ve also been working on my kits for the mini workshop I will be doing. They are coming along, just waiting for some supplies that are in the mail. Hope to see some of you there:-)


Today is one of those rainy, windy, don’t want to leave the house kind of days. The kind where you want to cuddle up in your cozy nest and work in your journal, read a good book, or maybe get ambitious and make some cookies. I’m doing all of those things as well as finishing off this new piece for my etsy shop.
I have also added custom cut mats to all of my fine art prints so that they are easy to pop into an 8×10 frame with no worries about have a special mat cut. I’m offering the same type of mattes in a 5×7 size for my ATC/ACEO’s also, making them great for framing.
Hope you have some quiet, nesting time today~enjoy

More Tales From The Dark Side…

I just finished up a few Edgar Allen Poe inspired ATC’s to list in my etsy shop. These were so much fun to make! I use this wonderful Italian Watercolor paper with a soft, torn edge for my Artist Trading Cards. It is a great base to start a mini collage on, and takes paint really well. I always use a coating of gesso, front and back, to ensure my card lays flat. Then layers of paint, water soluble crayon, papers, gel medium, graphite, and charcoal, mixed with some stamped images, complete these miniature sized collages. Rigid plastic holders, make sure the work can be held and viewed without fear of damage. If you haven’t yet discovered ATC/ACEO’s take a minute to look them up on Etsy. They are so much fun to collect and trade! The Metsy Team, (Mixed Media on Etsy) is having a Fall ATC challenge. These are two of my entries. They had to have something to do with Halloween or Fall.