Monday, December 26, 2011

Soul Expression's 15 Day Art-Making Challenge

Happy New Year 2012!!!

We Dare You! to take on
Soul Expression's New Year
15-day Art-Making Challenge

What makes an artist an artist?
An artist makes art; they do it, they engage in the process of art-making.

What would help you get motivated to start making art in the new year? to be or become the artist you are in 2012?

How: Commit to create 15 pieces of art in the first 15 days of 2012. (Not necessary to make one piece every day; 15 pieces in 15 days!)

When: Art-Making Challenge is from January 1 to January 15, 2012. Exhibit, sale, reading, and ATC Swap is Saturday, January 28, 2012. Please register by December 31.

What: An individual piece of art; any medium, any size. Such as: Artist Trading Card (ATC), 16x20 Acrylic Abstract, 6x6 Collage, Haiku or Free-Verse Poem, Ceramic Tea Cup. . .

Who: You and all artists up to this challenge; the more the merrier! Pass this challenge along to others.

Participants will be able to share their experience and post pictures of their process on Soul Expression's Blog. More information will be provided after registration.

To register, provide name, your email and description of art you will most-likely be creating (i.e. size, medium) and $20 check to: Soul Expression, c/o donnalynn, PO Box 320433, Los Gatos, CA 95032. You can also email registration and pay fee at:

All artists who finish 15 pieces of art will be invited to display their work at an exhibition, swap, reading and sale (totally optional) at Chase Art Studio on Saturday, January 28, 2012. If you want any more clarification, please contact donnalynn chase at 408.674.5956 or email at

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Peace on Earth - ATC Series

Making art heals. Being in the process of creating is blissful. When being totally involved in art-making, time flies, hunger is ignored, the inner critic is silent, the heart is peaceful, and all ills seemed healed. Sigh. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone made Artist Trading Cards (ATC) and healed themselves, as well as the world. 

 This holiday season, I made 60 ATCs to give away and trade. The series is called "Peace on Earth". The main figures are royalty-free electronic clip-art of Victorian-era holiday images from Dover's Christmas Illustrations. Each image was sized to fit on an ATC, changed to gray scale, and faded at an edge so not to appear too crisp. Then the images were printed on transparency film by a laser printer, trimmed, and pasted on assorted holiday designed ATC paper (sold by Soul Expression). The embellishment of the cards were mostly by rub-ons with some stickers, rubber stamping, and transparencies, and a few gel pen and jewel accents.

If only peace on earth was as easy as making a miniature piece of art. Sigh. May we all be happy, free from suffering, live in beauty, and have a joyful holiday season and new year.