Just the two of us ~ ‘appley ever after!

These ATC’s  which I’m about to share, weren’t actually what I was going to post about today,  but the painting I was going to share has gone missing.  I remember putting it somewhere safe, so that I could take photo’s of it once I’d finished making the card I was working on. Do you think I can remember where the safe place was?  Not on your nelly!

So … filling in for the missing bit of art, are two ATC’s/ACEO’s which I painted a little while ago.  I have photos, but didn’t realise until I looked at them to pop the photos on this post, how grainy and fuzzy they are.  I asked Mr.C if he thought that the photo’s were good enough to post on the blog here, and he said  yes, ‘course they are!… so we’ll blame him.

(Please note…  I didn’t say it was his fault.   I said we’ll blame him.  BIG difference.)   😀

These were ‘two of a kind’  ATC’s – both hand painted by me and meant to be together as a pair.  You see …  this first one is called: Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’

conical topiary tree 1

ATC/ACEO – mounted and framed.  The painting is called ‘Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’

Sorry the grainy images.  I’m not sure what happened – maybe I shook the camera or possibly had it on the wrong setting … I have no idea.
conical topiary tree 2

ATC/ACEO hand painted by Cobwebs.  The painting is called:  ‘Just the Two of Us ~ what a pear!’

The slightly wonky left hand side of the pot was intentional.  The painting represents how the life of two people (the pears in this case), grow together, but they don’t crowd each other  … and they make their home in a slightly wonky pot which tells the story of how life isn’t as perfect as we’d perhaps like it to be, but we make the best of what we have and what is just a ‘wonky’ pot to some,  is a really pretty home of fabulousness to others.

Life isn’t perfect,  and neither is the wonky pot.  But it’s still fabulous – just like life in general when you think about it.

The second of these ATC/ACEO’s,which is the other half of the pair of paintings,  –  is called:  ‘Appley Ever After!’

1 ball topiary tree 1

ATC/ACEO – mounted and framed.  The painting is called ‘Appley Ever After

This painting is of a round Topiary Tree, complete with 6 Apples .  A family of Apples living  ‘Appley Ever After‘.

2 ball topiary tree 2

ATC/ACEO hand painted by Cobwebs.  The painting is called:  ‘Appley Ever After’!

It speaks for itself in the title …   the ‘family’ of apples could be a couple and their four children, or just a couple with their parents and in-laws  …  there are more ways than one to make a family.  But they all lived  Appley Ever After’!

I mounted and framed these two paintings and put them for sale …  and was thrilled, from the top of my head down to my wriggly toes that they both sold within a couple of days!  I wondered if the lady buyer was going to give them as a gift (maybe a wedding present, as they’d ‘fit the bill’ – so to speak) or if she was keeping them, and she told me she wanted to keep them and hang them in her own home.  I felt so honoured.

At the top of this post I’ve made a white ‘card’ which gives you the measurement of an ATC/ACEO. This size doesn’t differ.  You aren’t allowed to go above this size.  Now I actually measured this out and made it exactly as you see in the photo …  but I know that WordPress  will re-size images sometimes, so if you get a rule or measuring tape, you’ll be able to judge if it’s showing up at the right size.  If it isn’t … just look on your rule/measuring tap to actually be able to visualise how small an ATC really is.

I would love you to have a go at one.  You don’t have to paint …  you can do practically anything on a bit of card, paper, Watercolour paper, board, wood, …. anything!

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Ok…. I’ve yacked long enough,  so I’ll shut up and let you finish your coffee in peace.

Thank you so much for coming and having a coffee moment with me.  🙂

Sending squidges and love to you in your corner, from me in mine.  ❤ 

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Four tiny works of [he]art, called ATC’s / ACEO’s

Morning all, and a very Happy Monday!  Something a little different from the norm today.

Some folks might already know exactly what an ATC or an ACEO isbut some may notso I’ll give a short explaination to make sure that we’re all reading from the same hymn sheet and no one is at a disadvantage!

ATCs and ACEOs are  2 1/2  x  3 1/2  inch  works of art.  The only real difference between the two is the commercial (for sale) intent of the art piece by the artist.

  • ACEO = Art Cards, Editions, and Originals are virtually the same as ATCs, EXCEPT  they were created with the intent to be sold.
  • ATC = Artist Trading Cards were created with the intent to trade them only. (i.e. given as a swap with someone else, and no money changing hands).

While art is subjective, the quality of craftsmanship and materials used are important, so there are guidelines:

Examples of ‘Sub-par’ works are:

  • Collage elements falling off / poorly glued / glue showing
  • Cards of the wrong size  (It’s a very strict size of 2.5″ x 3.5″)
  • Computer print outs which haven’t been made by the ATC maker, and poorly drawn over.
  • Cards created with little to no thought (i.e. a sticker or rubber stamped image on a plain piece of cardboard with little to no extra effort)
  • Scribbles on a plain piece of paper

Basically you should make what you would dearly love and want to receive.

Ok .. schools out.

I like to paint my ATC’s & ACEO’s – but have been known to make the odd fun art card which may have beads, images, book pages, musical manuscripts and all manner of other things attached to them.  It’s just as the fancy takes me.  However, these ATC’s / ACEO’s which I share today have all been painted, on water-colour card, pre-cut to the correct size.

This first one was inspired by the Lavender plants in my garden.

Lavender pot

The colour of the mount is actually more like the green in the photo at the head of this post.  The flash has changed the colour here and made it look more like a sage green.

The mount in the photo (the surrounding green board) is from a selection of different coloured mounts I asked a framer to make for me, in the right size, with the ‘hole’ cut to the correct size to take the ATC/ACEO.  The mounts are not a requirement for an Art Card – but personally, I really love having the mounts if I want to frame a card.  The Art Cards themselves are so small, they could easily get lost inside a frame, so I love to use the mounts to draw the eye inwards to the art.

This next Art Card is again inspired by my garden (and again, the green mount has been washed out by the flash):

British Bluebells

Bluebells.  ATC/ACEO – 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size.

I have Bluebells in little groups of flowery hats for fairies,  all over the garden.  When in bloom they look like a fairy milliner has set out a selection of different sized Bluebell Hats, ready for any passing fairy to try on for size.

Of course .. there are some Bluebells which are of the larger size … and I should imagine that the Fairy Dress Designer is kept busy making beautiful skirts and frocks for those fairies who wish to be dressed by the best!

This next Art Card is something from the Fairy Gardens up and down the lands ….  It’s official name is Taraxacum –  or – to you and me: –  a Dandelion Clock.  But you and I know them as they really are:  Fairies, or Fairy Wishes … which are meant to be picked and blown whilst making a wish!

Dandelion Wishes

Make a Wish!  An Art Card ATC/ACEO of 2.5″ x 3.5″ in size.

Although it first appears to be painted simply in black and white, it has three different greens, two different whites,  a very soft grey colour and black.  It also has some cheeky dots of glitter dust.  Well …  it’s a Fairy Wish …. it would have been rude not to include glitter dust!

Information about Dandelion plants from that font of knowledge Wiki:

Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelion.  They are native to Eurasia and North America, but the two commonplace species worldwide,  T. officinale and T. erythrospermum,  were imports from Europe that now propagate as wildflowers.  Both species are edible in their entirety.  

I’m teaching my Grandson, Little Cobs, this poem (which I loaned my Art Card to, as a background)  and trying to get him to remember to say it before he blows a Dandelion Clock and makes a wish ….

1 Dandelion poem by SA Hall

Dandelion poem written by S.A.Hall.

And finally, in this set of four ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards – aka ACEO’s) is a little bunch of Delphiniums, tied up with a bow of green …

Delphiniums

ATC/ACEO – A Bunch of Delphiniums,  painted in the size of 2.5″x 3.5″

The spring green coloured bow is something which is allowed in an ATC/ACEO.  It’s all part of the art.

If you’re interested in finding out more about ACEO’s/ATC’s,  and perhaps making some yourself then there are lots of forums which are dedicated to this art form.  One here:  ATCs For All .com  and I’ve also found another site which gives information which you might find helpful here: artpromotivate.com  …  but Google will be your bestest friend if you’d like to see more.

There are also a bucket-load of video’s on You Tube which you can watch – ranging from a couple of minutes to …. oh, well, how long is a piece of string?!!!

Some people take their Art Cards extremely seriously and will spend hours on them.  Some make them for fun and to pass a bit of time doing something which has no stress.  Other’s make them for no reason, and some folks make them, and swap them with other makers.  Some people make and sell them … and some of these artists have quite a following and can command quite high prices for such a tiny piece of artwork.  And then there’s me …. who makes them and will either keep them, send them to someone as a surprise, or I’ll use them on a handmade card … or even use them in scrap-booking.

A Bunch of Flowers

Have a go!  You don’t need to paint, you can glue, stick, draw, … anything  Just do have a go  … and if you do … please blog your lovely artwork and let everyone see it.  You might just be the person who inspires others to take up this fabulous little pastime,  and you might also find out that you really like playing in this tiny frame!

Before I toddle off …. 

May I take a moment to say HELLO  to some new followers who no doubt will become friends with us all eventually.  I won’t name names, but please feel welcome to comment on blog posts and introduce yourself.  If you have a blog yourself you can bet your sweet bippy that people here will come and visit your blogs and you might even pick up some new followers yourself too!

Anyhoo Happy Monday  and …  have a truly wonderful week!   Thank you so much for coming and joining me in having a coffee round the kitchen table.  I love seeing you here.

Sending squidges and lots of Monday love to all.  Be good to each other and  … may your God go with you.  ~

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Childrens Paints aren’t just for children! ~ A Sunset in miniature ~

Created using 'childrens' paints A Sunset in a miniature scale of 2.5"x3.5" ATC / ACEO Art.

Created using ‘children’s’ paints
A Sunset in a miniature scale of 2.5″x3.5″
ATC / ACEO Art.

Years (and years) ago I bought a plastic pallet of watercolour paints which were in the ‘children’s crafting’ section of The Works (a cheap book/stationery etc store in the UK).  The colours were so lusciously pretty – not the normal bright primary ones you usually find for children,  but they seemed kind of waxy.  More like melted wax crayons – but in heavenly colours.

I bought them because:

  • a) they were really cheap at £1.49   –  so if they turned out to be rubbish I wouldn’t break my heart,   …  and 
  • b) they were pretty –  I thought it was worth giving them a try .
Look at how, by changing the mount from the olive green, to this deep blue, changes the painting. Different colours in the painting step forward to be noticed.

Look at how, by changing the mount from the olive-green to this deep blue mount, it changes the colours in painting.
Different colours in the painting step forward to be noticed.

I put them away and totally forgot about them until I came to pack up my belongings when I sold my house and bought a new one.  I’ve just yesterday came across them again so I thought I’d give them a go and see what they were like.

They’re BEAUTIFUL!  They’re very much like Twinkling H2O’s.  They’re translucent but have a depth of colour, and they’re incredibly twinkly – but in a sort of pearlescent way – not twinkly in a cheap glittery way.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star(s) I didn't paint those stars - the stars suddenly showed up when I painted!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star(s), how I wonder what you are …
I didn’t paint those stars – the stars suddenly showed up when I painted!

I took 14 different photographs trying to capture the twinkly pearlescent effect of the paint.  This one ↑  (above) was the best of the bunch.

Sunset in miniature - this time with a white mount. See how suddenly the colours are so much deeper and darker.

Sunset in miniature 2.5″ x 3.5″ – this time with a white mount.
See how suddenly the colours are so much deeper and darker?

It feels like all my life since I last painted.  It was something I used to do almost daily, without fail. 

I have a neurological condition which has got very much worse over the last few years and holding things can be something of a challenge as I can’t always ‘feel’ the thing in my fingers, and, more often than not, my fingers / whole hand, will suddenly let go of whatever I’m holding.   I don’t let go – my hand and fingers have an involuntary spasm and kind of ‘twitch’ open,  and because of that, whatever I’m holding ends up on the floor.

It can make life  . . .  ‘interesting’.   :/

Hope you like the twinkling Sunset ATC/ACEO.

Have a brilliant Monday all.  

Remember to look for the good stuff in your day. 😉

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Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO

Fairy Moon ATC ACEO

I know that in the photograph above, it looks like that little painting of the Fairy Moon could be quite big.  It honestly isn’t.  The actual painting measures just 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches  –  or 64 mm × 89 mm  in metric measurements.  If you have rule or measuring tape near you, then show yourself how big that really is.  (Yes seriously … if you can see with your own eyes how small this little rectangle really is, it begins to be more ‘real’).

This little work of heart came about because of a song I heard playing on the radio which I recognised from when I was a wee little one.  I recall my mother watching a film on TV and for ever afterwards singing bits of the theme song, and when I heard this song playing on the radio I remembered it instantly.  The song was  Paper Moon – which was the theme tune to the film of the same name, starring real life father and daughter:  Ryan O’neal and Tatum O’neal.   The bits I remembered were:  ‘It’s only a paper moon’  .. and  ‘only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree, But it wouldn’t be make-believe, If you believed in me.”

And that’s how this little painting came to be!  Make believe, paper moon, canvas sky, and a muslin tree.  To me it made me think of a tree, with a fantasy sky and something magical about it.

Fairy Moon an ATC / ACEO painted by Cobwebs

Fairy Moon
an ATC / ACEO
painted by Cobwebs

All of those teeny tiny fairies have their own ‘style’ and personality.  Each one was painted with a thought in mind of how they’d be if I met them in real life.

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO painted by Cobwebs

Fairy Moon
ATC / ACEO
painted by Cobwebs

Let me show you – as best I can,   bearing in mind that I’m totally useless at ‘drawing’ with a computer mouse   – how  each fairy actually is painted with thought and style….

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO close up, trying to pick out the detail of a fairy

Fairy Moon
ATC / ACEO
close up, trying to pick out the detail of a fairy

the photograph above has some very crudely done markings (done using a computer mouse) to try to show you the hair, the bun on the back of the fairies head, the skirt, wings, arms, legs, long-handled wand … details of the miniscule fairy.  However, if you look at the photograph below, of the same image, this time without the markings, you’ll now see what the fairy in the painting actually looks like to the naked eye.

close up of  fairy

close up of fairy

Ah … but I haven’t shown you the real magic yet …. 

I mixed a little silver paint with a tiny bit of glow in the dark paint and when you turn the lights off … the fairy rings glow, and so does part of the moon!

This next photo was taken with all the lights off and just the light from the street lamp to light the room…..

 

Fairy Moon 4

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO photo taken in the dark in order to show the ‘glow in the dark’ effect.

… it doesn’t properly show it up in a photograph, but it’s quite magical to see it with the naked eye.

Fairy Moon ATC / ACEO painted by Cobwebs

Fairy Moon
ATC / ACEO
painted by Cobwebs

All that magic – crammed into a rectangle = 2.5″ x 3.5″.

Have a great rest of your day! 

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Noah’s Ark ATC / ACEO

 

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

I saw a print which was much like this one, some time ago and fell in love with it.  It wasn’t available for sale so I took a quick (shaky hand) snap shot of it simply because it made such an impression on me.  I looked for this same print for years and never found it and since I didn’t know who the original artist was it became a fruitless, impossible search.  So I decided that I’d try to paint myself something which had that same childlike quality, but with the charm which had captured my heart in the original which I’d seen.  I decided upon an ATC or ACEO (depending on which ‘tag’ you prefer to give this type of small art).

All painted in acrylics.  The actual ATC / ACEO is the middle part of the painting.  The mount outside the painting isn’t actually part of the ATC as such – it’s just a ‘crafty’ extention of the topic and turns a boring mount into something which speaks and tells it’s own story.

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

Hand painted ATC / ACEO by Cobwebs at The Cobweborium Emporium, with the addition of a handpainted mount which frames the ATC/ACEO

This one was such a load of fun to paint.  A thoroughly enjoyable wet afternoon sat at my desk and having a joyful time.

So …  do you paint?

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ATC / ACEO Handpainted Kimono

hand painted by Cobwebs @ The Cobweborium Emporium

hand painted by Cobwebs @ The Cobweborium Emporium

This hand painted Kimono can’t be seen properly through the lens of a camera no matter how hard I tried to get a good picture.  The yellow blobs are water lillies, and when you see them in reality, you can see how detailed they are.  I tried to paint this so that it looked like silk, which was catching the light as a gentle breeze ruffled it ever so slightly.

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day. 

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