Zodiac Swap #3 – Pisces

This swap came right at the same time that I started exploring Zentangles.  I had never heard of this technique until I joined Swap-Bot.   I instantly felt that the Pisces ATC would be a great way to utilize the different designs and textures of pattern.  I really like how this ATC turned out.  I love the whimsical feel the Zentangle designs produced here as well as the simplicity of working in only black and white.

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Sacred Heart ATC

This ATC is entirely hand drawn and colored.  The object of the swap was to represent the sacred heart symbol in an ATC.  I guess the swap coordinator inspired me when she mentioned paints, pens, pencils etc.  I felt compelled from the start to do this one by hand.

This is also the first time I ever used alcohol inks.  The heart is done with red alcohol ink on a piece of semi gloss card stock.  The flames were then drawn with a permanent ink pen and colored in using my favorite new tool – Prismacolor pens.  The Prismacolor pens behave just like the alcohol inks – and can be blended using the colorless blender.  This made the flames look more realistic and the background mottled.

Valentine Art ATC

I’m getting behind on posting to my blog.  I kind of had a flood of deadlines at the same time – but I did get everything done and sent out.  Today I received the ATCs from my partner (check the swap-bot page in a day or so to see Jan’s beautiful creations) and I was blown away.  I got a glass ATC from her.  This makes my “art” valentines seem so amateur.  Anyway, we had to send two ATCs – hand drawn, hand painted, mostly hand done ATCs to our partners.  I drew my first one and stamped and painted my 2nd one.  Here they are: