Monday, September 28, 2009

Hosting my First Swap

I just finished hosting my first swap at ATCs for All, and it was a lot of fun; I had the opportunity to see some really extraordinary art -and keep some of it for myself ;)

Here are some of the amazing cards I got from some extraordinary artists; you can visit their blogs or their galleries here:

*Seeking for Art

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Passion Flower

This is a shot from my house's terrace; the purple flower is called a Passion Flower and it grows wildly on a vine that covers the whole front part of the house.
There's something so pretty about the Passion Flower, the petals have a waxy feeling and there are so many other little details in it; to top things off it seems as caterpillars enjoy being here because we have had a super abundance of butterflies since we planted it.

I used the pic above as reference for 2 ATCs I traded at ATCsforAll, I used watercolors and ink in these two.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Talk to the Hand

I joined a very cool mail art swap over at iATCs. I usually try to stick with trading ATCs because postage for anything larger than a regular size envelope can get pretty expensive, but there are some themes that I just cannot say no to.

These are actual outlines of my hands -which I've always considered to be too small...- we were asked to add a hand related quote to each one; these are not actual quotes but phrases of what hands can do for others.
I cut out the hands out of cardboard and added different paper, stamps, and postage stamps as a first layer. I then wrinkled a piece of purple tissue paper and added it on top. It was stencils and green paints over that and finished them with metallic acrylics and ink for the quotes.
I embellished the hands with different elements. I added some large sequins and beads to the bottom of the first hand in this post; the second one had some plastic stars added on top and I used 2 fabric flowers in the bottom; the third card has some fibers wrapped around the bottom and a string of beads along the fibers; the last one has some funky piece of ribbon which I attached with white eyelets and a wire beaded ring on the finger.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I See You...

I used wax crayons, gesso and acrylics in the background. I stenciled the stars and the dots with acrylics and added a transparency on top, I drew over the transparency with white ink to make the details stand out.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Iconic Madonna

ATC for Martha at iATCs for the August Monthly trade. I like the design, so I'll probably use it again for a swap :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Coyote ATC for a Pick-a-Theme Swap at iATCs

Mixed media background -wax crayons, gesso, acrylics, stamps, inks-
Hand drawn and painted with acrylics and inks coyote.