Week 12 – 365 days of art

26 Mar

Here we are near the end of March and finishing week 12. Time seems to fly by sometimes.

Here are my postcards for the week. I do like doing the 365 days of art challenge. Even though some days I am barely doing anything, at least I am making something. Which is important to me. What are you creating every day?

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A fun mix this week. I hope you like them.

#bts365days

~Deb

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Vintage art project

21 Mar
Guest post from design team member Deborah Pace
Comments in italics by Deb Prewitt
ExtravOrganza and TAP

ExtravOrganza and TAP

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2. Optional Supplies: Lace , Gessoed Art Board, Muslin, Valdani Thread, Paper Roses, A Cute Card
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3. Choose a photo for printing.  It can be the same photo for both the ExtravOrganza and Transfer Artist Paper, or two different photos.  I chose this one that I found on the Internet.  The black and white photo on the left, I printed on the Transfer Artist Paper.  the color photo on the right, I printed on the ExtravOrganza. Print your photos for both TAP and ExtravOrganza according to the directions on the package. reading the directions is always a good idea
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4. Take a piece of muslin and cut or tear it slightly larger than your photo.  I used a piece I had laying around that was wrinkly and was stained.
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5.  Take the photo you printed on the ExtravOrganza and peel off the paper backing.  Lay it on top of the muslin, centering the photo.  Now pin the photo to your muslin piece.
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6.  Using the Valdani Thread, hand stitch the photo to the muslin, using a button hole stitch.
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7.  Here is the photo with the stitching complete.
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8.  Optional:  If you want more of a shabby chic look, stitch around the button hole stitch with your sewing machine and start to pull the threads from the muslin fabric away.
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9.  Embellish your piece with the lace and paper roses.  I also added a small pearl for an earring. those little bits of embellishing really make a difference
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Originally, I was going to put the black and white photo that was printed on the Transfer Artist Paper and the colored photo printed on the ExtravOrganza together creating a shadowy affect.  BUT!  I forgot, you have to turn the Transfer Artist Paper over to iron on the transfer.  So, what happened?  This is what happened. it is a cool effect though One thing you need to remember when printing on the Transfer Artist Paper, is that you need to print in reverse, especially if there are words.
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10.  I noticed on the black and white photo that some of the transfer was starting to come off because of all the handling.  I am not sure if you can see that in the photo. no we can’t really tell, but we believe you
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11.  That gave me the idea to crumple the paper, causing more of the transfer to flake off, thus creating a photo that looked aged and old.  I flipped the photo over onto the Gessoed Art Board, placed a piece of cloth over the photo and with a hot iron, ironed it onto the Gessoed Art Board.
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12.  I really liked the way it turned out, but did not like the big white circle down in the lower left side of the photo.  So, to remedy that, I glued a paper flower over it.  I strung some small pearls onto a string and glued them around her neck.  Then I added a bit of color to her lips, cheeks, hair and scarf.
The cute card that was listed at the beginning under optional supplies.  Well, once again, I messed up on that one and forgot to reverse my picture before printing. I wonder what you were planning with the card?
Deborah A. Pace, CZT 11
Multi/Mixed Media & Fiber Artist

Thanks Deborah for another great tutorial. I love using both of these products to create various effects. If you haven’t used them before, I hope you get the chance to experiment with them. 
Deb
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Week 11 – 365 days of art

19 Mar

Here is Week 11 of the 365 days of art challenge.  More postcards!

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#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

product review

17 Mar

Guest blog post from Design Team member Lynnita Knoch

Comments in italics by Deb

I’m running a bit late with February’s product review for Blue Twig Studio as my granddaughter was born a month premature and spent 3 weeks in the neonatal ICU, I had hand surgery on my dominant hand to remove a ganglion cyst, and then I needed IV fluids for severe dehydration due the worst case of flu I have ever had. It was a long month. Our granddaughter is now home from the hospital and doing well. She will require open heart surgery when she is 4-6 months old to repair a congenital heart defect. I am feeling much better and my hand has healed for the most part – at least I can use it again! So glad things are getting back to normal for you. I hope everything goes well for your little granddaughter. 

I finally finished my review and project for five different black pens and a sketchbook.

various pens

various pens

The pens include:

* a black Sakura 02 micron pen (0.30mm nib) – an archival writing and design pen; acid-free; fine-line for papercrafts, journals, illustration, manga art and crafts; comes in 6 nib sizes and 15 colors.

* a black Faber Castell Pitt artist pen (0.60mm nib) – black India ink; waterproof; permanent; acid-free; archival; for sketching, journals, cartooning, fine-ink drawings; perfect for mixed-media; ideal for traveling.

* a black Sakura 05 Microperm pen (0.45mm nib) – permanent on most surfaces; water and fade resistant; alcohol based cleaners may remove ink; do not launder; test prior to final application; low odor.

* a black Uni-ball Signo 207 Impact gel pen (1.0mm nib) – contoured rubber grip; uni-super InkTM to help prevent against check and document fraud; thick, vibrant lines to make a bold statement; refillable, quick-drying, fade- and water-resistant gel pen.

* a black fine point Sharpie pen.(1.00mm nib) – a permanent marker that marks on most surfaces; is quick-drying, fade-and water-resistant; no bleed and smear resistant.

Various black pens on mixed-media paper

Various black pens on mixed-media paper

The photo above shows the five pens written on mixed-media paper (this is not the paper in the Rendr book) with a tangle pattern that used a heavy black fill. All the pens wrote well. The Sakura micron and the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen both have a nice, fine black mark. This is nice for writing, illustrating and fine lines for Zentangles or ZIAs (Zentangle-Inspired Art). The Sakura Microperm pen is actually darker than the Uni-ball Signo Impact gel pen, although it has a smaller nib size. The Sharpie fine-point pen having the boldest, blackest line of all the pens. It has the same nib size as the Uni-ball Signo Impact 207 gel pen.

Bleed-thru of pens on mixed-media paper

Bleed-thru of pens on mixed-media paper

The Sakura Microperm pen and the Sharpie fine-point pen both show significant bleed-thru on mixed-media paper. The tangle patterns for both the Faber Castell Pitt artist pen and Uni-ball Signo Impact 207 gel pen can be seen in the photo on the reverse side of the paper, but the actual paper does not show bleed-thru.

Crescent RENDЯ 3.5" x 5.5" sketchbook

Crescent RENDЯ 3.5″ x 5.5″ sketchbook

The sketchbook:

I reviewed a Crescent RENDЯ 3.5″ x 5.5″ sketchbook (rendr comes in a couple of sizes). It has acid- and lignin-free, white heavy-weight, 110 lb paper consisting of 32 sheets or 64 pages, with a regular binding. The sketchbook claims media won’t bleed though pages, that the pages will lay flat, and it can be used with all media, including spray paint, markers, pastels, pencil (or charcoal), watercolors, and ink. Note: Limited show-through may occur over time with heavy application of Xylene markers. This sketchbook is made in the USA.

I first created several pages in black and white, using the five pens included in the review. I am happy to report that not one of the black pens show any sign of bleed-thru. I was able to work on both sides of the pages for my art journaling. After creating the artwork with the various pens, I went back and added color using various media to test the claims of the sketchbook. None of the media I used bled-thru the pages, although some of the watercolors, spray paints, and pastels managed to run over the edges of the sheets onto other sheets, as I was very enthusiastic in my application of the various media. Following is the artwork I created in the sketchbook to date.

Title page using Sakura micron pen

Title page using Sakura micron pen

Title page after adding watercolors. I also added gel pens in various colors over the letters in "Journal". The page curled initially after getting wet from the watercolors, but eventually dried flat

Title page after adding watercolors. I also added gel pens in various colors over the letters in “Journal”. The page curled initially after getting wet from the watercolors, but eventually dried flat

Quote (Bible) using the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. Zingers and feather done with Sakura micron pen.

Quote (Bible) using the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. Zingers and feather done with Sakura micron pen.

Added Tim Holtz Distress Stain in spiced marmalade through a TCW Mini Daisy Cluster 6" stencil. Added red ink with a Sakura Moonlight gel pen. (for Bible quote)

Added Tim Holtz Distress Stain in spiced marmalade through a TCW Mini Daisy Cluster 6″ stencil. Added red ink with a Sakura Moonlight gel pen. (for Bible quote)

Zentangle Garden using Sakura micron, Faber-Castell Pitt artist, and Sakura Microperm pens and shaded with charcoal.

Zentangle Garden using Sakura micron, Faber-Castell Pitt artist, and Sakura Microperm pens and shaded with charcoal.

Derwent watercolor pencils were used to add color to the Zentangle Garden.

Derwent watercolor pencils were used to add color to the Zentangle Garden.

 Zentangle stripes using Sakura micron, Sakura Micropern, and Uni-ball Signo Impact pens.

Zentangle stripes using Sakura micron, Sakura Micropern, and Uni-ball Signo Impact pens.

Prismacolor Nupastel color blocks used to add a rainbow of color between the Zentangle stripes. Sealed with Krylon Workable Fixatif 1306.

Prismacolor Nupastel color blocks used to add a rainbow of color between the Zentangle stripes. Sealed with Krylon Workable Fixatif 1306.

Dragon and quote created with Sharpie fine-point and Sakura Microperm pens.

Dragon and quote created with Sharpie fine-point and Sakura Microperm pens.

(for dragon and quote) Tim Holtz Distress Stain in aged mahogany applied to TCW Mini Navaho 6" stencil over the quote. Background, horns, beak, and eyes of dragon painted with Derwent watercolor pencils. Dragon wings and scales painted with blackberry Facetten-Lack Croco Crackling Colour. Unfortunately, only a few spots on the body were thick enough to show the crackling effect. The rest was painted too thin for the paint to crackle.

(for dragon and quote) Tim Holtz Distress Stain in aged mahogany applied to TCW Mini Navaho 6″ stencil over the quote. Background, horns, beak, and eyes of dragon painted with Derwent watercolor pencils. Dragon wings and scales painted with blackberry Facetten-Lack Croco Crackling Colour. Unfortunately, only a few spots on the body were thick enough to show the crackling effect. The rest was painted too thin for the paint to crackle.

Griffin Momma and babies. Momma griffin created with Uni-ball Signo Impact gel pen and babies created with Sakura micron pen.

Griffin Momma and babies. Momma griffin created with Uni-ball Signo Impact gel pen and babies created with Sakura micron pen.

Griffins painted with Prismacolor Premiere markers and Tombow markers. Tombow marker blender used to help blend the various shades of markers. Background painted with Derwent watercolor pencils.

Griffins painted with Prismacolor Premiere markers and Tombow markers. Tombow marker blender used to help blend the various shades of markers. Background painted with Derwent watercolor pencils.

Sisters created with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen.

Sisters created with Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen.

* (sisters) Background spray-painted in layers with Dylusions Ink Spray in London blue, lemon zest, and pure sunshine, and Perfect Pearls Mists in perfect copper. TCW Mini Swirly Garden and TCW Mini Wedding Ring stencils were used. The faces were painted with titanium white acrylic paint and various shades of Derwent watercolor pencils. The hair was created from a clothing catalog and adhered using matte medium.

* (sisters) Background spray-painted in layers with Dylusions Ink Spray in London blue, lemon zest, and pure sunshine, and Perfect Pearls Mists in perfect copper. TCW Mini Swirly Garden and TCW Mini Wedding Ring stencils were used. The faces were painted with titanium white acrylic paint and various shades of Derwent watercolor pencils. The hair was created from a clothing catalog and adhered using matte medium.

I enjoyed all the products this month. A variety of black pens is essential for artwork, as drawings, Zentangles, illustrations, quotes, mixed-media, and so forth, all require a mixture of line widths and a shades of black. The Crescent RENDЯ sketchbook was a joy to work with using a variety of media. I felt it met the claims it made – I had no bleed-thru using any of the black pens or the various media I added to my artwork. The pages laid flat, so I could easily work across two pages. Note: I did not use gesso on any of these pages prior to creating any of the above drawings, as I did not want it to add any strength to the paper in order to test the claims made by the company.

The only comment I have would be to watch the amount of water (or alcohol) added to the page, as too much can make the pages start to roughen. Although, I scrubbed a few spots and still had no bleed-thru and could still paint these spots. Also, the more liquid added to the pages, the more they curl. However, the pages became almost flat once dry. If they need to be completely flat, the sketchbook can be pressed between two heavy items to finish flattening any curled pages.

I would definitely use a Crescent RENDЯ sketchbook for any art journal needs. The 3.5″ x 5.5″ size is perfect for traveling. It fits in my purse nicely, along with the pens, to enable me to create anywhere. A larger size would be nice for working out of at home.

Keep creating!

Lynnita

Wow Lynnita, these pages are fabulous. You did a lot of work on this review and it shows. Thanks so very much! 

Visit www.bluetwigstudio.com to find the paper and pens and also most of the other products Lynnita used on her journal pages. 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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Book Review – The Art Spirit

14 Mar

March Book Club – The Art Spirit by Robert Henri.

 

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

Robert Henri was born in Cincinnati in 1865 and died in 1929. He led the Ashcan School movement in art, and attracted a large, intensely personal group of followers. His paintings are shown at major museums across the United States.

 

This book came highly recommended and the reviews of the book make it seem like a ‘must-read’ book for artists. It is still used in art classrooms today despite being a nearly 100-year old book.

To be honest, I didn’t finish reading it. I struggled with it. I kept thinking I would finish it, but I haven’t, thus the delay between the book club date and this post. Sometimes we really just can’t get through a particular book and that is OK.

There were parts that were interesting and useful, but a lot of it was boring to me. I felt that the book was a bit disjointed to follow. I know that it is letters and notes and lectures, but it jumps around a lot and is definitely not linear. And I kept wishing I had the student work (or the author work) in front of me to look at when he was discussing the various aspects of art. That would have been helpful.

On the other hand, there are a lot of great quotes and insights about art and the art spirit. Robert Henri was quite emphatic that you needed to be skilled and educated about what you were doing, but that you also needed love and passion and interest in what you were doing. Art wasn’t just technique (although that was important) but it was a part of who you were. If you didn’t have that passion, your art wouldn’t be as good. He believed that you needed to ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ what you were painting. I like that idea.

There are a lot of comments about life in general as well as art. It is important to remember that they are linked and we need art to truly experience life.

There are also lots of comments about tools and techniques and information about color and shadow and perspective. There is also a lot of information about using live models and how to paint from models vs. painting from memory. All of which is good to know if you are painting in that manner.

For me, I think just reading a bit of it now and then would be easier to do and would probably be more enjoyable. It is certainly a book where you don’t need to read it in order from front to back. You really can just pick it up and open it and read a chapter or two and gather some insight and put it back down again.

I usually love these types of books, so perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for it. Did you read it? What did you think of it? What was the most interesting part of the book for you? Leave your comments below.

Our book for March is “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon. We read his book  “Steal Like An Artist” a while back and it was quite fun and easy to read and provoked lots of discussion. I expect this book to be similar. Our March book club is March 27th at 1pm if you can join us.

 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Week 10 – 365 days of art

12 Mar

Week 10 of the 365 days of art challenge. The time sure flies by! I must be having a lot of fun. :)

Here are this week’s postcards. Enjoy them. Most of them are pretty simple and basic and I often do a lot of the same thing over and over again (like the gelli printed ones), but I’m OK with that. I’m not trying to create art gallery pieces, but just do something creative every day – even if it is only using stamps or sprays.

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Are you doing the challenge? How is it going for you? Are you staying on track? If not, don’t worry about it, just start again today. It is just about making the time to do art on a regular basis.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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From the Heart ATCs

10 Mar

I was waiting for the mail to bring me one last ATC for the Feb From The Heart ATC challenge, so the post is a bit late this month.

All the entries were wonderful – as always. I kind of got a bit carried away making some ATCs because I was having such fun with the theme. How can you not love hearts?

Here are the Feb ATCs – in no particular order. Enjoy the show.

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I also received one link to an ATC that wasn’t actually mailed in, from Elamaa Kotirinteella. I wanted to share it with you even though there isn’t an actual card to include in the WTA.  Just click on this link to go to her blog post.

And now on to the winners. We have 2 winners this month. I use random.org to select the winners. Everyone has a chance to win. If you send in more than one entry you get more than one chance to win. Of course, I am not eligible to win – that wouldn’t be right!

Congrats to……….Juli Heintz and Lynnita Knoch. Woo hoo! I will get your ATCs to you soon. Thanks so much for participating. I hope everyone sends in an ATC for the March theme of Fairy Tales. Everyone is welcome to participate.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

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Yummy Balinese Silk Sari Ribbons

7 Mar
Guest blog post from Kristin Peterson
comments in italics from Deb
I come from a long line of sewers and love to sew on paper. I had recently gotten some Silk Sari ribbon from Blue Twig Studio to use on tags and work into other projects. The first bundles I had gotten were pretty much a solid color with some variations in the ribbons. I had gotten purple and green because of my color palette I normally paint in. I love the richness of each color and love using the ribbon with small baker’s twine or yarn when tying into my tags.
My last bundle of Silk Sari ribbon is like a variety pack; but, I am absolutely loving the colors in this bundle and Blue Twig Studio has quite a few Sari bundles to choose from. I was totally in love with the magenta and navy blue, with little hints of gold in this ribbon.  These bundles are the Balinese Batik Silk. Yummy. 
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The ribbon was so colorful that I wanted to try to use it with my tags again. I normally would use the Sari ribbon at the top of the tag through the hole to tie onto your package or whatever you were using the tag for. However, with this bundle I found I want to show the ribbon off and not use it that way.
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I looked for complimentary colors to the Sari ribbon to start with and worked from there….painting, collage, some stencils, and then some sewing for the ribbon.
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I was tickled how these tags turned out and love the feel of the ribbon. It adds a textural element to my paper tags being sewn onto the front instead of as a tie.
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Thanks to Kristin for another way to use the Silk Sari ribbon. These are really cute tags. I love all the Silk Sari ribbon bundles and how each bundle is unique and different from every other bundle. 
~Deb
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
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Week 9 – 365 days of art

5 Mar

Another week is done in the 365 days of art challenge. So far so good! How are you doing with your challenge?

Enjoy the postcards I created this week.

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#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

March ATC Challenge – Fairy Tales

1 Mar

March really comes fast, when Feb is so short. But we are ready for the March ATC challenge. For March the theme is Fairy Tales. There are so many different Fairy Tales to choose from, so I know you will all send in multiple ATCs. :)  (The February ATC photos will be shared in a few days.)

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Most of us have grown up with fairy tales. They are stories of magic and wonder and filled with fairies and elves and dwarves and magicians and giants and a host of other wonderful creatures. Castles and dragons are quite common. They are stories of good vs. evil and often pit the little guy against the big guy. The use of children and animals is quite common and expected. Disney animation has used the fairy tale genre over and over again.

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We love rooting for the underdog or seeing the unexpected take place. We are fascinated by trolls and ogres and talking animals and magical plants and mystical beings. Stardust and magic beans and secret potions are all equally enticing to our imagination.

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Fairy Tales are common in nearly all cultures and most stories can be traced back many centuries, from when stories were only an oral tradition, long before the written word. These stories were mostly intended for adults, but we have transitioned to them being for children now. Yet, the lessons or morals from the stories can be applied to both adults and children.

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So what will you choose to do for your Fairy Tale ATCs? Something modern or much older? Something for adults or for kids? Something from Grimm or from Disney or from somewhere else? I can’t wait to see how you interpret this theme.

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The idea with doing the monthly ATC challenge is that you can interpret the theme any way you like and explore the various ways the theme can be used. It’s a great way to try out a new technique and play with new ideas. I find it very exciting to see how people choose to portray the theme.

Remember, you only need to send in one ATC (of course you can send in as many as you like), but you can’t win if you don’t enter.

 

Artist Trading Cards: A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter :)
  • deadline is March 31st  – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

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Turn your Fairy Tale ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the February winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the April theme is Architecture .

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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