I have been fascinated by Artist Trading Cards for a while now, and I recently got a book that talks about a variety of techniques for creating special papers, etc., for them.
So on Sunday, I spent several hours working on different techniques and ideas.
This is the first one I did. I had scanned a map of the area of California where Nevada City is and printed it out.
Next I brushed a thin coat of gesso over the top, leaving the area that says Nevada City uncoated.
Then I glued the picture of the Miner's Foundry across the bottom and the little bear cutout (with a layer of torn tissue paper under it) in the top corner.
Finally I used silver gel pen to letter at the top.
The back ground of this one is a piece of paper towel that I had used colored markers on then sprayed with water to "bleed" the color. After I dryed it with the hair dryer, I used a rubber stamp of a bear.
The bear and the letters are highlighted with a glitter gel pen.
This one is my favorite of the three.
I used a rubber stamp of 2 bears sitting back to back. Stamping on black construction paper with bleach created the orangy looking back ground paper.
After the bleach had dried, I brushed gesso over the top to create the shadow effect.
Then I used a gold gel pen to do the drawing and lettering over the top.
After working on the art cards, I spent some time working on the altered couture project I have going. Having finished the bottom band and the neck band, I finally decided what color and pattern I would use on the button bands for the front.
This is a coffee colored yarn and I'm working a knit 2, purl 2 ribbing with an extra knit 2 in the center which will be where it gets folded over to make a double layer.
I'm working the button side first so I can keep track of how many rows it is then I can work out the right placement for the button holes on the other side.
It was nice having a play day and experimenting with new ideas. Now I'm ready to go back to work on the other projects!