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Creating for Pure Pleasure

Creating for Pure Pleasure

When was the last time you created something for no good reason?

 

ATCs Feb thermofax

I love creating Artist Trading Cards aka ATCs so much that quite a few years ago I started a trading group here in town. ATCs are made for the pure fun of it. There are no rules except the size. There is no reason for them to exist except for personal pleasure of their creation. I haven't been able to attend much the last couple years because of my busy travel schedule. But, this Saturday I was in town and made the commitment to myself to make ATCs to trade.

I had so much fun and it only took a little over an hour! Often it is difficult to give ourselves the precious gift of time to create and play but the rewards are so much more than the 'thing' we end up with. I felt happy, energized and relaxed all at the same time.

To create these cards I started with some gelatin plate printed tissue papers I had made. I stamped the tissue papers with half circles using Colorbox Mica Magic stamp pads. Then I screen-printed the flower seed image using one of my thermofax screens and black paint. I added one more layer of screen-printed flowers with a pearlescent paint from Stewart Gill. I cut the tissue papers into the 2.5" x 3.5" ATC size and fused them to Peltex stabilizer. For the backs I used some of the remaining tissue paper or some dyed paper towel fused to the back of the Peltex. To finish the edges I rubbed on the same metallic ink from the stamp pads. Signed and numbered them and done.

I challenge you to carve out an hour to play this week. No need to create a finished product or even strive for something beautiful; just play. You will be so glad you did.

Liz

 

 

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Taking it Slow

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ATCs Travel theme



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Layers of grids



I did a little stitching on one of my printed fabrics from a week ago...some 'slow cloth'. I love combining hand and machine stitching to get layers of texture. I find both types of stitching to be therapeutic and calming...perfect for those times I am supposed to be relaxing but have the itch to do something with my hands. Anyone else have problems relaxing?  I have this compulsion to work all the time. I love what I do so that is part of the reason but I think the rest is just part of my personality…I have always been one to keep busy and the world if full of wonderful things to do.
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