August ATC Challenge – AT THE CIRCUS

1 Aug


I almost missed that it is Aug 1st and time for a new challenge. The August theme for the monthly ATC challenge is AT THE CIRCUS.

circus horse

Summer often includes a visit to the circus. The fun and laughter and spectacle of the circus seems particularly fitting for the end of summer. The circus has been around for a long time, in one form or another.  From feats of daring and strength to equestrian skills to acrobatic wonders to the weird and unusual, the circus covers a lot of ground.


Kids always want to run off and join the circus (some adults too). Perhaps because it is so far removed from our everyday lives.

We go to the circus expecting to see things that we don’t normally experience – from trapeze artists to elephants to sword swallowing to the bearded lady and clowns and more. It is an adventure, that comes to our cities and towns, so we can experience the excitement without leaving home. For many people, you only ever get to visit that circus cousin – the carnival, which is fun but not nearly the spectacle and glamour of a real circus. Nonetheless we all know what a circus is all about, if nothing else we have seen pictures. 🙂

circus act

This is your chance to JOIN the CIRCUS by completing your ATC and sending it in.


I’ll be posting the ATCs for our July theme of BIRDS sometime in the next week or so. I will be traveling next week so I’m not sure I will get it done before I leave town (which means you have a few extra days if you still want to submit an entry).

For those of you who want to work ahead, the September ATC challenge theme will be ROAD TRIP! Fun fun fun!!!!



ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. 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 will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Aug 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.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. 🙂 It is a great way to practice new stuff.


Have fun and I look forward to seeing your AT THE CIRCUS ATCs!!!!!!


Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

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

7 Responses to “August ATC Challenge – AT THE CIRCUS”

  1. Sonja Milojevic August 4, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    I like when you tell us what the next month theme will be. I have a couple of weeks before the vacation, so I will have to hurry and make my cards before I go, just to be sure you will get them on time. 🙂


  2. Deb Prewitt August 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Reblogged this on Blue Twig Studio and commented:

    There is still time to participate in this month’s ATC Challenge! I expect some wonderful entries!



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