Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Enough with the ATCs Already!

 I have had to call a halt to my obsession with making ATCs for the time being.  These are the last ones I have made for this year`s EAC ATC Exchange, bringing the total to 35+.
 This first group were the result of playing with colours and a bargello pattern from an old issue of Embroidery Canada.
 I am new to canvaswork so make allowances!  lol  As always, though, ATCs are a great way to explore a new technique or colour scheme and see where it takes you.
 This last grouping is the result of once again upcycling a piece of cross stitch gleaned from my local thrift store.  Almost finished and then abandoned, it deserved better than to languish on the thrift store shelves so it came home with me to be put to another use.
 I use leftover threads for these projects, letting them inspire me as they see fit so you will notice that the buttonhole stitch around the edge of the cards changes colour at whim.
If ATCs are new to you, here is what Wikipedia`s definition of them:

Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards,[1] or 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm),[2] small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.[3] The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland.[4] Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs).

Now, I am swearing off making ATCs for awhile so I can get something else done!  I will get all of these mailed off now so that I can`t be tempted to make "just a couple more"! DD is coming home from university this weekend for her birthday so I need to finish up some stitching she has requested - more on that tomorrow!

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