Secret Solstice Gifts: Boston Terrier ATCs

Joy's Boston Terriers 2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor on Illustration board
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
Joy’s Boston Terriers
2.5″ x 3.5″
watercolor and markers on Illustration board

Happy Solstice everyone!  The year is just clicking by isn’t it?

A couple of months ago I signed up for a Secret Solstice swap on my one of my mail art trading sites:  IllustratedATCS.com.  It’s like a Secret Santa, only we do it in the spring.  Each participant is assigned a person to make gifts for.  Fortunately each person fills out a profile detailing the sorts of things they’d like to receive.  My gift recipients opened their gifts earlier this month so now I can share the art I made for them.

I agreed to make little gifts for three people.  My gift category was “mini” meaning I would agree to make a smallish art piece (like a 4×4 chunky page or a 5×7 or postcard sized painting) and then some candy or ephemera that they might like.

I was thrilled when I found that I had been assigned to make something for Joy Northrop (she makes fun mixed media collage pieces).  I had just made an ATC trade with her and I knew she loved Boston Terriers so it was fun to make a couple more dog drawings for her.  I liked how they turned out.  I was tempted to keep them.

Joy'sSecretSolsticeGifts

More gifts to come!

 

ATCs: In the Style of Rossetti

I participated in another Art 101 swap on Illustratedatcs.com.  October’s featured artist was Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  I’ve always enjoyed the Pre-Raphaelites, so I thought I would try my hand at making a few cards.    As you can see, I had mixed success.

On a side note, I just found out that a couple of my cards will be featured in an upcoming edition of ArtTrader Magazine.  It’s a lovely online mail art magazine (in PDF format) that features mail art for trade such as ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), ACEOs, art journals, chunky books, altered art and altered art books.
I’m so excited and pleased that my cards will be included.

In the Style of Modigliani – Portrait Atcs

pen and colored pencil
pen and colored pencil

I just joined  IllustratedAtcs.com and signed up for my first card swap over there.   We were to make cards based on the work of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).  I’ve always liked Modigliani, so it was fun to make these cards.  I managed to squeeze a self-portrait in.  I’m the one with the glasses.  Michael makes an appearance as well.

IllustratedAtcs.com is an atc trading group that is for people primarily interested in hand-drawn and hand-painted cards.   Even if you aren’t interested in trading you should definitely check out the gallery and see some of the work on display there.