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Twelve favorite prior ATCs

March 22, 2015 1 comment

I am doing a round up of my favorite hand-drawn and hand-painted artist trading cards. The top two were finished this month and have not been traded yet. Everything else has been mailed off to new homes long ago.

I try to aim for a good weight on each card. Anything not on a Strathmore illustration board ATC blank is mounted on a heavier core. I hate leaving the backs blank, so the backs have various decorative papers and title cards glued on.

ATC Fire Betta, Micron pen and watercolour pencil on illustration board

ATC Fire Betta, Micron pen and watercolour pencil on illustration board

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Oh no, a sad robot!

March 18, 2015 1 comment

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Poor sad robot! This winter was the worst, I agree. Hang in there my retro robot buddy. The snow finally flipping melted.

Found near Clark & Belmont, Chicago.

Colored pencils with baby oil, a new example

ATC Letter Carrier by Shellie Lewis

ATC Letter Carrier by Shellie Lewis

Today, I went to the Art Institute museum and did some caffeinated café sketching. (MMM hazelnut coffee. I rarely drink coffee and it seems really strong!) I decided the revisit the baby oil blending technique for colored pencils with a less cartoony piece of art. The blending works really nice with skin tones. I learned if only a spare amount of baby oil (mineral oil) is used, added colored pencil layers or lines laid over the blended layer do not blur or bleed. I used the same cold press type 130# heavy weight paper and this is an artist trading card size artwork (2.5 x 3.5 inches) the same as the prior blog post with the Manga girl cartoons.

Overall, I am still tremendously enjoying the new technique. I have had little to no problem with the baby oil bleeding through the paper since I used a heavy paper and a very tiny amount of the baby oil. Using cotton swabs and a small, round paintbrush to blend the colors is continuing to work well. I added a new step for control and blot the cotton swab on a paper towel to lower the amount of baby oil on the tip if I feel it may be too wet. Now I’m wondering what other art mediums there are where baby oil works as a solvent…

Please Help – Ship empty pill bottles to Indiana for re-use in Africa

This is a social action that is environmental: making waste in the USA available for reuse where it is needed. The Malawi Project is collecting empty pill bottles for use by people in need:

 

Medicine Bottles For Malawi

Landfills Do Not Need Medicine Bottles!

Anyone on prescription medicines finds themselves a bit uncomfortable when throwing away so many empty medicine bottles. It is obvious our landfills do not need these plastic containers! There is enough trash going into the landfills already.

Medicine Wrapped in Paper
While first world nations throw away perfectly good medicine bottles, medical pharmacies and hospital facilities in Malawi often find themselves with nothing except torn pieces of paper in which to wrap medicine for their patients. This is often seen in rural hospitals and villages where the poorest of the nation try to live and survive. You can help to change this.

Please Remove the Labels
Save up a group of your containers when you have completed that portion of your prescription. Place them in boiling water until you are able to easily remove the labels, and the glue. Then box or bag them and send them to the Malawi Project for shipment to Malawi.

Safe and Out of Reach of Children
It will help families in a third world country keep their medicines clean, out of reach of small children, and safe while they are being used.

Malawi Project Inc
3314 Van Tassel Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Medicine Bottles

 

 

Categories: Recycled

Read Mail Art Book Online for Free

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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You can read a copy of an eBook titled Art Through the Letterbox by Mail Art Martha (mailartmartha.org.uk) on this site here. The eBook is a short work (98 pages total) collecting mail art received from all over the world. A majority of the works are mixed media and collage art, with some paintings, digital pieces and printmaking works. This online eBook is an interesting way to document,  preserve and share a mail art collection. Make a cup of tea and settle in for a while!

Street Art Found: Collage Artist in Chicago

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Street Art @gruelestate Chicago 2015

 

I pounced really fast to snag this street art giveaway, found tucked into the front of a RedEye newspaper box. Years of living in the city and I’ve never found free art before this and not for want of effort on my part. The artist, @GRuelEsTatE, has a portfolio showing the series, currently at #1 – #69. I have artwork #41 “Many Moons.” The works are made of vintage magazine and juxtapose imagery. It’s a wonderfully consist series of work and the pieces range from snarky to surreal. There is no contact information so this is work being done for the sake of expression and the fun of treasure hunting. Another site found via Google possibly identifies the artist as Deb Pressman.

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Categories: Chicago, Collage, Graffiti, Recycled

Photos of friends

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment

I’m just throwing this online so friends can get a high res copy of the photos via download. OK, that and to tease a little with an animated GIF. (Where’s your hand at, Tony?)

 

NYE 2015

 

NYE 2015

THAT-look

 

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Categories: Chicago
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