Tuesday, March 18, 2008

ATCs







I am either a lazy artist, or maybe just pressed for time. Or maybe stubborn. It takes me forever to try something new and then I have to crow about it like I invented it. heehee I have to laugh at myself or I will be jeered at by others. haha
So here are my latest ATCs, for another swap I am hosting for Christian Paper Artists. What's so GREAT about them? Well, to insure I actually altered the images, and not just glued a scripture on them and call them "done", I used PAINT (in this case guache- opaque water colors) which not only works like white-out to cover up things (the "angel" had children pictured with her, but no more!), but also can be used to tint the images (like the screaming red coif on the one ATC) and leaves a great workable surface for things like rubber stamping and gluing (unlike acrylics which dries plastic hard). Guache is one of the oldest paints around. The masters used it in a more permanent form by mixing it with egg (egg tempra!) and painted on guessoed wood (church alter paintings). Today I used my ancient (30 year old) box of Pelikan guache, still left from my high school art days. The tube of chinese white paint in the box is still moist! Glad I never threw the paints out, gave them away or sold them. Art supplies are EXPENSIVE! And I am painfully frugal.
So, if you are one of those art types that is afraid of paint, try guache. It goes down opaque, but not permanent so if you make a mistake, just add water and pick it up again, aka "blot". I did not invent the technique of altering photos with paint, in fact I am one of the last to try it! lol Stubborness, laziness or lack of time to experiment. You can call it what you will. But once I try something, I will encourage everyone else to. You will be glad you did! I know I am! Wow! Why didn't I try it sooner?

10 comments:

red tin heart said...

i love all 3 of them! just thinking of you today. love nita

Beth said...

great ATC's....and nope, I've never heard of guache paints.

something else for me to add to my "list of supplies that I think I need or else my studio will be empty"

Oh Michaels...here I come, again !

Donna said...

How pretty!!! I just don't know how you manage to come up with all these different ideas! True artist can do that!!lol...I use to paint, oils, but haven't done anything in years. Have a beautiful day!!hughugs

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Love your ATC's - and I am so glad you are a paper artist in MO. I was hoping I wasn't one of a few. Your children are adorable. Beautiful art and beautiful kids, what more could one ask for? Thanks for the painting tips! I'll be back! Blessings, Katie

Linda said...

Well..you know that I love them!

darlene aKa HugGeR said...

Theses are fantabulious thanks so much for sharing you enormous talent.

Donna said...

Happy Easter to you Sweetie!!!hughugs

red tin heart said...

Nathalie, I wanted to tell you I have not forgot my package to you, but have been collecting a few more things for it.
I hope you have a lovely Easter. Love Nita

Laura said...

These ATCs are absolutely wonderful!! The next time I make some I will want to trade with you!!! Although, I have been off of the ATC kick for awhile now so I don't know when that will be.....

but just wanted to make sure you know these are TOTALLY WONDERFUL!

JeannieTheDreamer said...

I like your ATC swap items, especially the verses you thoughtfully put in there. Thank you..

Jeannie