Making a little bit of art everyday is good for your head and your heart.
I'm having a great time making ATCs while busily prepping kits for my CREATE NJ classes. I decided to treat all of my students to some bases so they can get started during our classes on their own ATCs. Here's a system that allows me to make these tiny canvases anywhere, anytime.
For such little bits, there sure is a big variety of materials. This can be overwhelming! I've been working in stages on them. The first layer is usually a background stencil or stamp to break up the white. After a bunch of bases are done, I'll pull out the collage bits.
I have one cigar box filled with interesting scraps and another filled with ATC and Tag Art bases. All I need is my scissors and glue stick. Words seem to work well on ATCs so keep a dictionary handy too. Sometimes the focal point is collaged or stamped.
Markers are usually next for me just to color in some small areas or add a shadow. I like to use either stamp pads or pastels to do a bit of vignette. That adds a really nice touch. It's amazing what inking the edge of a card can do.
And finally (but sometimes in between ;) it's always washi tape. I've been enjoying 1/4" black drafting tape lately, too. It's such fun when a batch of little bits of art come together. Do you make ATCs or Tag Art? What are your favorite supplies? Here's my Tag Art board over on Pinterest if you want to follow it.
PS: CREATE NJ is next week (holy mackeral)
I'm teaching Beyond the Background on July 11. Blogpost here.
Pattern Crazy is a 3 hour class on Sat. evening July 12. Blogpost here.
Collage Crazy is full :(