Monday, August 5, 2013

MORE ATC's (From magazine ads)

These were really fun to make!  I was looking through the Sunday paper when I came across a J.C. Penney's ad and something about the model's pose and facial expression struck me as unusual and perfect for using in my ATC's.  I don't know why I liked these better than the ones in fashion magazines... something about them!!!  Maybe an attitude???? 

The very first one that I made, the boy with the green tie, I hated and almost tore it to shreds but from past experience I learned that everything can be fixed with a little gesso and new paint.  At first the background was too dark so the gesso helped to lighten it up quite a was a plus that some of the underlying color bled through the gesso and tinted it so that I didn't need to recolor the background...I just doodled over the top with Gelly Roll pens.  I also didn't particularly like the painted tie but now I think that the tie is what really makes it interesting.

The backgrounds were left-overs from making stenciled inky journals or from failed art work and the doodles were made using Gelly Roll pens and my fave, a white Signo Unaball pen.

Until next time!


I think that these are my favorite of all the ATC's that I have made recently.  I love how the  clip art images go with the stenciled inky paper and their over all quirkiness.  I know that human heads on animal bodies or vice versa is nothing new but the process for ME was really gratifying.  I NEED to vary from the norm..."step outside the box" every now and then.  I am a conservative type of gal and need to try something different.  You know what I mean???

Anyway, I hope that you like them. 

Until next time,


I found these handsome fellows in my clip art collection and thought that they would be fun to use with my ATC's.  I especially love dressing them in PINK!  lol! Makes it more interesting...don't you think?

The backgrounds for these were made from left-over stenciled inky paper from journal making, failed art work and free papers from Summerset Studio Magazine.  The paper from Summerset Studio was a little thin for my liking so I backed them with heavy card-stock and then stitched by machine around the edge.  All the doodles were made using Gelly Roll pens, a black Pitt pen and a white Signo Uniball pen.

Until next time!


Do you have art supplies that you rarely use because you tried them and didn't like the result?  Maybe you need to give them another try.  That's what I did with my Gelly Roll pens and now I love them!!!   I bought mine ages ago and never used them until now because...well, I just didn't know what to use them for.  The size of the pen width is just perfect for a smaller projects like ATC's!

My favorite sets of Gelly Rolls are the Moonlight, Souffl├ęs, and Metallics.  The Metallics are just that...beautiful metallic colors, the Souffles are beautiful light to medium matte colors and the Moonlight are bright, almost neon colors...all three sets write over black.  Yummy colors!!!!

I am finding that all the various kinds of pens: alcohol markers, watercolor Tombows, Gelly Rolls etc. all have a's just a matter of determining which inks work with which surfaces.  Which pens work on the slick surface of acrylic paint or on water reactive paints and pencils, which write on light or dark colors, slick or textured surfaces.  It's a lot to think about but something that is worth knowing.

For the following ATC cards, I used mostly the Moonlight Gelly Roll pens and a few Gelly Roll Souffles.  The White and black ink lines were made using a white Signo Uniball and black Copic multi-liner pen.  These pens are wonderful when writing over watercolored backgrounds and dark colors but don't get them wet or use a water based varnish...the ink will smear!!!  (The Copic multi-liner is permanent and will not smear when used with water reactive paint or ink.)

This is how I made the ACT's:

Find a patterned paper to use for the background and cut it to size: 2.5" X 3.5."  I used an inky scrap of watercolor paper left over from a journal that I made.

Find a picture for the focal piece from the internet or clip art book.

Cut out the image and glue it to the card.

Determine where to frame the image with the outline detail.  Mark first with a white line and then very carefully mark with a parallel black line.

Now, doodle using Gelly Roll pens...draw spirals, dots, outlines, flowers, etc.

Use your imagination to make an ordinary image "over the top."

Tip:  If the paper that you used for the background is too thin, consider backing it with a piece of cardstock or thicker paper and machine stitching around the edge.

That's the gist of it!  Easy Peasy!!!!

Hope you enjoyed my ATC's and tutorial!

Until next time,