I spent the evening working on my Artist Trading Cards. I haven’t participated in our local group’s monthly trades in a while – my schedule just hasn’t relented – but I made a conscious effort this evening to go through some of my materials and put some work together. It only took a few hours and was a great creative energizer. I have some new ideas for my other works in progress.
Artist Trading Cards are small works on paper. They are only 3×4″ big. The size restriction causes you to really plot out what you’re doing. A friend of mine who is always used to working big says that this is a challenge for her. The work I’m currently doing is on the small side at only 8×10″ so I’m a little more accustomed to the restrictive nature of it.
I also take a mixed media approach to this project, and it’s very similar to my last entry about using vintage children’s books and illustrations. For these cards, I used pen and ink illustrations from a vintage book of Adventure Stories for Girls from 1955. Reading through the stories is hilarious – and a little nostalgic. I sometimes wish we could all be that naive again. Inside I found some of the most perfect illustrations for the spooky Hallowe’en theme. I added some of my own illustrations in coloured marker, and gave the cards cheeky titles, like: “What’s That MacBeth Recipe Again?”
Hallowe’en is simply my favourite holiday of the year. Pumpkins, cats, witches, bats… seriously creativity just waiting to be had!