Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Eye candy! Zentangle ATC swap

(Warning: this post has a LOT of images!)

I signed up for an ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap a couple of months ago. It kept growing until finally there were 47 participants and I wanted to send a card to each one!

The theme or goal was to use black and one color as an accent. Some of my cards were rather heavily accented. :P
Sometimes I make ATCs when I have leftover bits of paper, so I had some already done that would qualify for this swap. A few others I adapted. Some are up cycled; more on that in my next post. Then I created more to fit the theme.

Here are many of them for you to enjoy before I put them in the mail. I'm not going to attempt to list all the tangles!
Some resemble temple roofs. These four all have tiny gems in the matching color.
Some are from a mandala that I up cycled.
Some resemble trees, especially with a blue background.
Some are mandala middles.
I made four cards similar to the one on the lower left.
They're from another piece of art that I up cycled.

25 comments:

  1. Talk about inspiration...these are fabulous.

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  2. Stunning! Makes me wish I had joined in. Alas, not enough time!

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  3. Your ATC´s are all gorgeous! So much different and creative ideas! The other participants consider themselves lucky that they will get such great ATC´s.

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  4. each one is a gem! Fabulous! How lucky we are, that you so generously shared! Jakki

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  5. Ohhh, I love each and EVERY one of these! Fabulous! Who wouldn't want to do a swap with you! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Those are just awesome my friend!

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  7. Oh, so beautiful!!!! I love them all. Where do you sign up to do the ATC? I recently learned of this, and thought I would be interested. I really love your cards!!

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    1. Melanye, I'm going to post some information about joining ATC swaps. Not my next post, but the one after.

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  8. So beautiful! Do you have to be a participant as well to trade with cards?

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    1. Oxana, I'm going to post some information about joining ATC swaps. Not my next post, but the one after.

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  9. These are beautiful... they vibrate with energy!
    Do you use colored pencil for the color portions or do you use markers (what kind?)
    The colors are soft and yet dynamic because you have a color on color... is that achieved with markers and pencil?
    Carmen Burgos

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    1. Hi Carmen, I use colored ink pens for the tangle drawing. The trick with using colored ink is to find a colored pencil that's a really close match to do the shading.

      I have a full selection of Micron colors, but there's not a wide variety. I also have some Faber-Castell brush tips, a few Zigs (esp. light blue, but it's a larger tip). I want to look into Copic too and perhaps Tombow.

      Another factor for me is light-fastness. I don't buy colors that will fade, making it tricky to find pinks and purples. Recently I've been using acrylic washes to put down a base color in some areas.

      Hope this helps!

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    2. I am in the same ATC exchange. I will be very happy to receive any of these, or any that you have made. These are astounding!

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  10. Margaret -- These are absolutely stunning! One more beautiful and interesting than the next. I just love your work.

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  11. Margaret, these are gorgeous. I can't decide which one I like best!!! Each one has a personality of its own! I feel very inspired to start my ATCs for the deck swap! MaryAnn

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  12. Wow, Margaret!!!! I love them all. I hope I get one from you. What amazing detail and care you have taken with these. Lucky recipients...

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  13. You always amaze me. These are absolutely beautiful!

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  14. So beautiful, each and every one. I am in awe!

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  15. These are beautiful, love them all.

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  16. Margaret I find your artwork really unique! It is really not that easy to play around with symmetry but you have pulled it off so well! I suggest you participate in online talent contests that Tallenge (http://www.tallenge.com/default.html), an online talent platform holds. You will also get to compete against other talented artistes such as yourself and gain a global audience meanwhile!
    Hoping to see you there soon
    Regards
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks for the link Shelley. I'll check it out.

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