Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Girls the Fly Girls

I have the wonderful opportunity to be in a trading session of Artist Trading Cards with a great group of women 
Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock. 
They are originals, small editions and, self-produced. Anyone can produce them. 
The idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards in what ever artistic fashion they choose.
M. Vänçi M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with initiating and popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1997.

The groups theme for the trading cards is one of flight or flying. I made the owl cards while flipping pancakes this morning getting my oldest off to school. Not ideal and this is not how most people picture an artist making art but it is probably how a lot of us artist make art these days! It just worked out that I had supplies in the house from the studio. 


I know that after art school is over many artist find themselves making art by themselves in a studio. I happen to be one of those artist. I should say that as of late I have had the company of my two year while making art. I am working on my book called "how to make art while distracted"! Just kidding. Anyway, my point being that the energy of other students to play off of each other is no longer there. You longer have anyone to have discussions with about art, art technique or to just bounce ideas off of. 
This is so important in process. Now that I have the group, I do.

The Flying Lesson Group has shown how important it is to support, teach and mentor each other as artist. E-courses have definitely widened the friendship circles. Some circles a cab ride away, others a flight away. 
Community and connection is the best prize of all in all of this.
 Thank you to My Girls the Fly girls.

Flying From the Nest • The Final Four


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  1. These look great! I didn't participate this time, but maybe you all will do it again and I can get on board. I am doing the blog hop, though!

  2. Love having you there Deborah!! You always add so much :)

  3. So glad you participated. I love your owl!

  4. Love the owl! Great cards.

  5. Deborah - love them! Is that your handwriting? I would love to know what it says. Julie

  6. Love your Owls - they look great.

  7. they're fab!! Really beautiful - hope the pancakes were as good :-)

  8. Beautiful cards! And I got to see that little owl being created. :)

  9. are out doing yourself lady! You know I already LOVED this owl!!! These are fantastic!!
    Keep going...Wonderful!

  10. Thanks everyone love the comments, so sweet you girls are! What fun it is to continue to make work with something you created and it can live on in future work the, owl is proof. Love that!

    Tha pancakes were good Siobhan, we tried pancake puffs made in a Aebleskiver pan! The kids just love them.

    Julie- The handwriting is from a stamp, The stamp is quite large I used a small piece of it for the effect I wanted. I wish I could write like that!

    Thanks again!

  11. You artist trading cards are gorgeous Deborah, I love the colours too (o: I really enjoyed reading your post today and it's very true all you wrote. Thanks for the info on the artist trading cards too as I wasn't sure what they were or how it works - what a nice idea, Liza x

  12. Hi Deborah! This was a great post! LOVE your ATC's. Your owls are so awesome! I really think you should consider writing that book by the way;D


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