Do you like artist trading cards? I do. They are such fun to make and trade. Well, I got an idea to make some background collages for cards and while playing around with acrylic paint and rubbing alcohol, I found out something pretty neat. 
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I started out by tearing up text, photos, and music. I collaged them all down and then covered them with a variety of paints, inks and glazes. If you know me, you know that what I start out to attempt never works, so it is always a crap shoot if anything turns out worth keeping. Today was no different. I was simply making a big mess. so I decided what the heck, I spray it with 90% rubbing alcohol. 
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Perhaps you have played with rubbing alcohol and acrylic paint. It is pretty boss what happens to the top coat of paint when you spray it when it is wet. Well, today the top coat was already dry. So instead of the cool blotching effect from the alcohol, it just softened the paint layers and allowed me to remove it. The pictures that were collaged in the first layer appeared!
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I am so happy with the results. If you want to see more, check out my ETSY shop. I have listed packs of 10, one-of-a-kind ATC background papers for you to embellish and create your own ATC collection. 

I'd love to see your artist trading cards so leave me a comment with a link to your pictures.

Here's another great idea...when you finish with your cards, leave them around town for people to find. You might just brighten someones day, and will for sure be adding beauty to your neighborhood!
 
 
As most of you know, I've opened a shop on ETSY. If you haven't visited, just click the link in the side bar. In just one week I have had 3 sales! I am beginning to figure out the basics but have a lot to learn. It is amazing to me how ETSY and PayPal work seamlessly together. Technology is wonderful. Here are the two items I listed today. 
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This mini notebook (4" x 3") is covered with citra-solve treated National Geographic pages. This is a favorite technique. You never know what you will get, and the results are amazing! It is also special because the page marker has a paper bead made by the women of Ghana. 
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This one is covered with painted tissue papers. This technique is a bit messy and the papers are very fragile. I love the depth and texture. Its page marker bauble is a vintage glass bead.
 
 
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It was a fun weekend. We attended a wedding and visited The Chestnut Farm. The wedding was held on the grounds of a beautiful victorian style farm house. The day was perfect for the newlywed's celebration. As you can see the bride was ready for anything she might encounter on the grounds. We enjoyed a balmy evening in the country and danced the night away. 
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We also visited the Chestnut Farm which is the home of the Avilas, my husband's sister's family.
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Chestnuts are interesting. Inside this prickly cover is the sweet meat of the nut. I love the way these dry after they have split and the nut has been released. They are just beautiful. But you have to be careful because they are really sharp.
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It was also pumpkin harvest day on the farm. The pumpkins had been scared with family names and needed to be cleaned prior to delivery. We  were lucky enough to get one inscribed with the word 'welcome,' and it is a great addition to our front porch.
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The other  highlight to the weekend was learning about the Instagram app for my iphone. It edits photographs. Isn't this one of sunflowers just beautiful? And how about this windmill, can you believe I took these pictures? I feel like a professional!
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I had the pleasure of visiting with a new friend. Her name is Christine. She came to my house a while back to learn about polymer clay. We had a fun time in my art room. She invited me over to see her studio.
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It looked like a candy shop! Everything was pink and sweet!
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I felt like a little kid! I wanted to touch everything. Just look how her brushes are stored on top of gum balls!
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Christine says that she loves candy and absolutely anything pink. She is inspired by the fun colors and the joy it brings to her heart. I think her studio is fabulous. What do you surround yourself with? What gets your juices flowing? Send me a note and a picture. I'd love to visit your space too. By the way, Christine just celebrated a birthday. Happy Birthday Christine! Do you think she had a pink cake?
 
 
As artist and crafters we are always looking for just the right adhesive. Today I was introduced to  a new use of white glue. As you know I spent today with my folks...it is Thursday. I always look forward to this visit and try to plan an activity of sorts. Today I planned to be crafty with my mom and use white glue and acrylics to cover glass louvered window panels. That didn't happen. In fact, white glue was used in a completely different method.
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Sure it may look like snow, but it was more like milk. My folks had their road glued today. It is a 9:1 mixture of a polymer adhesive, (Elmers) and water. This is used to keep the dust of a dirt road at a minimum. Look closely at this picture and you can see on the right lower corner there is a berm. This berm is at the top of my folk's driveway. So we fought a flood of glue from traveling down their driveway and into the garage. This went on all day with four passes of the truck, with about two hours between each run. Whew! we were exhausted. I think at 80+ years old, mom and dad need to be sure they have more help next year! I'll be sure to be there to help supervise!
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I use a lot of glue in my work. but by the end of the day when I returned home, the last thing I wanted to do was go to my art room and start a new project. I'm bushed!