February 5, 2012


My online art group hosts a monthly swap of ATCs (artist trading cards) and since I am being brave and trying to share more of my artwork, I thought I'd give it a try.  I have never made ATCs before, but it was fun to experiment yesterday.  The theme for this month is "Love."

I decided to work with inks and here is what I did.  First a background.  I used heavy, smooth watercolor paper.  I used a brush to wet it with water and then dropped ink from the dropper, let it bleed and run, blotted with a paper towel . . .

Then I used brushes with more ink to create a design and added some pen work to a couple of them.  This is what I ended up with:

  Not sure if I want to add anything else. I need to take a look with fresh eyes later today.

Then I played around with making some fabric ATCs.  Still need to work out the kinks on the fabrication method, but here's a couple of designs I have so far:

So what do you think?  Have you made ATCs before?  What are your favorite media to use?


  1. Hi Laney, I think those look great! I just ordered inks to airbrush with, and you have made me very excited to try them! I love the colors and the black hearts give it real punch!!

  2. what a nifty idea
    and so pretty!
    inspired I am...haven't made them
    but will now!
    and trade....brilliant:)
    thanks for the clever share,

  3. Hi Laney! It's great to see your ATCs. They are awesome! I'm especially attracted to the fabric ones;)

  4. There is definitely time to send them! So glad to have you join us!

  5. Hi Laney, so glad you're joining the ATC swap. I love both your painted and fabric ATC's.

  6. Hey Laney,
    These look great. I haven't made any ATC's either, but I did buy some at Hobby lobby a couple of weeks ago to play around with. I have made fabric postcards. I use fusible webbing to attach the fabric...super tidy, and you can still stitch through it. I'm a messy gluer! Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Lovely, lovely cards! Maybe I'll get one in the swap.


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