Thursday, January 3, 2013

January Strictly ATCs Group

This month's Artistic Trade Card (ATC) theme 
for our exchange was "Bell Peppers".

For my 10 ATCs, I made the following design.  I hand drew a bell pepper with a pencil and then used watercolor pencils and water to color them in.

Original artwork by Anne Corazza

I also made this version, but decided I liked the above one instead.  For this one, I glued the definition of a bell pepper to the background first and then drew my pepper over that and then painted.

Original artwork by Anne Corazza

And here is what all the other VERY TALENTED ladies made...

Meet Mrs. Bell Pepper and the Kids...
Original artwork (part 1) by Steph Daley

And when you turn her belly around...too cute!
Original artwork (part 2) by Steph Daley

So freakin' CREATIVE!...
Original artwork by Diane Niles

Love the light and shadowing on this one...
Original artwork by Arlene Christopher

Beautifully rich...
Original artwork by Bonnie Tincup

Very creative collage...
Original artwork by Maura Simas

In this one, Helene actually used the REAL pepper to stamp the images and the seeds on her project... 
Original artwork by Helene Laverdiere

This photo does not do this one has hundreds of is amazing...
Original artwork by Joyce Thatcher

And here they all are together tucked away nicely in my ATC notebook to take home.  I LOVE these!!!  Who knew such a simple theme could come out so great!

And here are some more bell pepper themed ATCs that Bonnie brought in to show all of us...

And our background technique for tonight was brought to you by Bonnie.  First you randomly scrape modeling paste on your page to create texture and then you paint on and around it with acrylic paint.  Then, you can add stenciled ink, doodles and details.

Here is how mine came out...

Original background by Anne Corazza

Original artwork by Anne Corazza

You can not really see the layers and texture in these pictures, but it is pretty cool in person.

Next month's theme is "hearts".   Hmmmm?  What to do...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HOLIDAY PARTY with my ART soul sisters

Tonight my Creating Outside the Book Art Group got together for some holiday cheer.  We had such a FUN filled night filled with laughter, good food and AMAZING gifts!!!  There was quite a bit of pouting that was going on because we played that famous gift exchange game where people can steal your gift.  I got stolen from THREE TIMES...AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED all three of my gifts before they were stolen from me...I was sooooo bummed everytime.

First, I stole Kathren's homemade journal and apron from Alcia.  But, someone stole that from me.  So, then I opened a new gift from under the tree and it was Alma's beautiful JOY wall hanging.  I LOVED this because it had a photo of all of us with a precious message on the back.  But, no, this got stolen from me, too.  Then, I opened my third gift.  Which was a beautiful angel girl painting from Kat.  It was AMAZING and I tried to hide it.  But, Alicia stole it from me.  Pay back from me stealing from her to begin with. :-(

BUT, I ended up with a beautiful sign from Cyndi that says 'You are beautiful!'  And I have it sitting up in my art studio right now.

Here are a bunch of photos from the night.  ENJOY!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Me and our classy host, Alma, and crazy Gaye in the background!  LoL.

Elena and Alicia

Peggie, Cynthia & Kathren

Me and our AMAZING leader, Elena

The fuzzy gang...LOL! Too much wine!

Peggie is happy with her new gift!

Peggie getting her gift stolen away!  Pouter #1!

Artwork by Cyndi.  This is what I eventually ended up with.  :-)

Elena opened my gift.  She loves it because it has 'charity wings' on it! :-)

Elena and my artwork

Elena and my artwork

Original artwork by Cynthia

Alicia stole my artwork from Elena

Alma's amazing JOY wall hanging (that got stolen from me!)

Kathren's homemade apron and journal book (that also got stolen from me!)

...and Kat's beautiful angel girl painting that ALSO got stolen from me!!!  MAJOR POUT!

BUT, here is Cyndi's beautiful artwork that I finally ended up with. :-)

Alicia's homemade canvas

Gaye's homemade santa

Anne and her homemade painting

Robin is now the new owner of my art canvas :-)

Original artwork by Anne Corazza

Kat's new homemade art piece and the creator, Robin

Original artwork by Kat Baker

Original art journal by Kathren Darmody

Kat and I

The gang at dinner

Original artwork (front) by Alma Buehlmaier

Original artwork (back) by Alma Buehlmaier

Alicia admiring my gift from Kat.  She is NOT going to steal this from me, is she?
Yep, she is...I am NOT happy!  My third precious gift stolen from me!  Pouter #2!

Original homemade scarf and canvas by Cynthia Ellis

Alma's AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL Christmas tree!

The step children

Kat with Alicia's homemade art canvas

The whole gang!

The three amigos

Silly face time...hey, how come Gaye and I are the only ones doing it?!

Alicia and Kathren's homemade apron and art journal

Alma trying to stop Elena from stealing.  LOL.

The gang with our original artwork

Robin and her beautiful homemade photo and canvas frame

Alma and Elena  xoxo