A page from my heART journal
Archives for November 2013
Had some more fun today using the decorated labels I made recently. This time I made ATCs. Artist Trading Cards are 2 /12 ” x 3 1/2″.
These cards are so fun to exchange with other artists. Recently I discovered that you can connect with people looking to trade on instagram. Just post picture of the cards you would like to trade and let people know you are looking to trade. Use the tagline #atctrade or #atc in the comment on the picture or in the description and people will contact you and let you know which card in your picture they would like to trade for with you.
Here are some things you can keep in mind as you send a trade.
– It is nice to include a few “extras” with your card. Stickers, tags, paper, doilies, confetti, etc are examples you could send. This is not required but a nice thing to do. Also, If you are shipping overseas you may want to include plenty of items so it makes it work the extra postage.
-Its fun to decorate the envelope too. Doodles, small drawings, collage images, hand made envelopes made from colorful paper.
-Another fun thing to do is take pictures of your “haul” when it comes and post it on Instagram with the same tags and reference the sender in the comment section. Just make sure that the addresses are obscured in the picture to keep them private.
Anyone who wants to trade with me can email me or contact me on instagram. I would love to see any ATCs that you make. Have fun.
Some close ups of the colored labels. See how I even use the paper in between the labels as decoration in my planner. (see left side of picture below) Go here for download.
I can’t stop myself. I really like making these decorated labels. It is so much fun to pull them apart when they are finished. I never know what they will look like because I just doodle on the whole page not really noticing where one label ends and the others begin.
This time I used watercolor crayons and I think this has been the most successful. The colors are bright and strong and it was easy to just color then wet with a damp brush. I just used a very small round brush dipped in water.
Here is the file to download and print onto shipping labels. Any size label will work. I like to use a variety of sizes and then I have coordinating labels to use together.
I hope you enjoy this download. I would love to see any projects that you create! Thanks for visiting Colorhealsme.com
A page from my Calender.
I found her book “The Power of Your Other Hand” very interesting . It was here that I first heard about using art as a process of self-healing. Lucia describes her personal journey with her health and how she came to discover her process to eventually regaining her health. It is an amazing story. The process encourages a dialog between our different aspects of ourselves. (Inner child, Inner critic, protector, etc)
These dialogs may sound a little far – fetched at first but I really encourage you to give one of her books a chance. Here is what Mona Brooks (also an author) said about her experience with the method “Receiving such guidance from my own left hand was a transforming experience. I actually felt as if someone else was talking to me and giving me advice that I could trust. It had the ring of reliable truth. I felt this happen again and again as I used my left hand to explore my thoughts and feelings”
I really recommend her books especially if you are looking for some journal prompts related to health and personal growth topics. I have gone all the way through her book “Lighten up your body, Lighten up your life” completing all the prompts.
I created these peacock feathers using the technique mentioned in my post on drawing paisleys.
First I drew some simple shapes in pencil on a page of shipping labels. Then I filled in the shape with a peacock feather pattern using a waterproof black ink pen (I like the vision uni-ball pen)
Next I erased all the pencil marks. Then I used watercolors to paint in the feathers.
I used these decorated Avery shipping labels to make some ATCs and to decorate my Art Journal planner / calendar.
So If you would like to give this a try. Here is the peacock doodle download.
Please use this (and any other downloads) for personal use only not for resale. Thanks. I would love to see what projects you make with these