A few years ago, I came across some Artist Trading Cards at the library. What a great idea! Little pieces of art, never to be sold, but given away, or traded with other artists. These are the first cards I attempted. Hope you like them.
Artistcellar Supplies: Dina Wakley Gesso, Ranger mixed medium. Koi watercolors and Koi water brush. Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Uniball Signo White pen, Ranger Archival ink pad.
Additional supplies: Glitter, Triple Thick Gloss by Americana, black Tombow pen, tissue paper, Mary Engelbright figures from a calander, wooden letter stamps, crystals, H2O watercolors, lace.
First Card: My favorite! Probably because it was the most difficult & I almost gave up on it. After applying gesso to all the cards, I cut out several pieces of Mary Engelbright characters and art. For this card I tore pieces of a book and glued them down with the matte medium. Then I sprinkled glitter on the king of hearts and drew squares and dots the a Uniball Signo White pen. I edged it with a black Tombow and sealed it with Triple Thick Gloss. I love the Pig!
Second Card: On this card, I laid down Dina Wakley acrylic paints. I cut out this girl’s face from a magazine and glued her on top with matte medium. I blended her picture into the background with a Signo pen in a circular motion and then sprinkled glitter on top and then edged it with a black Tombow, followed by the Triple Thick Gloss.
Third Card: Lots of fun. I laid down some lime green acrylic paint. I punched out a few flowers from a flower punch and painted them with acrylics and glued them to the card. I added doodles with my Signo and Pitt pens. Topped the flowers with crystals and finished with the Triple Thick. I really like the detail and the depth of the layers that the triple thick gives the piece.
Fourth Card: After applying watered down acrylics, I cut a fish in half out of cardstock and painted it with H2Os. I accented the fish and edge with the Tombow pen, added Signo white pen and some crystals.
Fifth Card: On this card, I glued down a small strip of lace. After applying the color I glued down more of my Engelbright pieces and some words as well. I think the Cupie Doll is so cute.
Sixth Card: I applied Koi watercolor to the background and then glued on mulberry paper. I stamped some music notes on paper and tore it into a strip and edged it with Ranger archival Ink pad. I taped in some star rivets and hung beads. I stamped out the words and glued them down. Lastly, I painted the top with glitter paint.
Seventh Card: Using a paper napkin, I applied it to the card. I outlined the pattern with a Signo White pen and finished it with doodles and glitter paint.
With just a few supplies you can create the sweetest, smallest, and most unique piece of art to be given or traded with other artists. I hope these tiny pieces of art will inspire you to make a few of these for yourself or as gifts for friends or other artists in trade.