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.  

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