Wednesday 5 September 2018

2018 #15: Artist Trading Coins Housie Housie with Squiggly Ink {by Carol Fox}

2018 Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins

Some great samples tonight using Squiggly Ink stamps, they are the perfect size for smaller pieces of art as they have such great details. The bright and fresh colour palette is perfect for these cute stamps! ~ Leandra 

Hi everyone, it's Carol with you today, and I'd like to share with you a set of Artist Trading coins I have made.
These are a great idea and are really just a different step from ATC's, little pieces of handmade art that you swap.
I find it a great inspiration when I receive some in the post and I always find myself flipping them in my hand to try and exactly suss out what techniques people have used. I also like to use them to try out an idea on a smaller scale and I love the way, as I have here, you can use a large sheet that you have done the first steps for a journal page on, cut it up and then it suddenly looks so different when in smaller pieces; how the large stamps and stencil images seem to have suddenly shrunk in size to fit the small circle, all very Gulliver's travels.

I only decided to add the distress ink after I had put the glossy accents on the house numbers and I love the way it has acted as a resist making the numbers pop a little bit on the houses.

I made a bright zingy background using Fresco Finish  paints in MermaidPrawn and Butter from the Seth Apter Paint Set #3 layering up the paints with stencil PS015 and Squiggly Ink stamp set Flora and Fauna 3


SI: Flora and Fauna 3

It looks so different now it's all chopped up into circles. I cut it face down so I was not tempted to place any bits in a particular place.

I added in a bit more background with the text from Bricks and Morter 2 using each of my 3 paint colours to stamp with on one of my coins after this I added background bits from Flora and Fauna 3 and coloured them.  

SI:Bricks and Mortar 2

I decided to only use one house image from Squiggly Mini 18 on all 3 coins and just position it differently, so I worked out the position of this and some odd words from Bricks and Morter 2 and Ding Dong 6, messing around with them until I was happy with the position of the all.

Squiggly Mini 18 (SM18)
SI: Ding & Dong 6

I added lots of colouring and then blinged them up a bit with some stickles and glossy accents, It was really a case of knowing when to stop.

As I mentioned in my opening paragraph I only decided to add distress ink to my houses after I had finished them. They sat on my desk for a while with me not liking them and not knowing why and then I realised it was the bright white of the houses against the bright background. I really like how the fact that I had glossy accented the numbers on the houses acted as a resist to the ink and gave another layer to the whole thing.

These are great fun to do and as I said previously a great what to try out new techniques on a smaller scale and a great way to use all those Gelli Prints that are such fun to do but then maybe sit there with no purpose to their little made lives. I look forward to seeing all your coin creations on the challenge. 

I hope you enjoyed my post and can find me at the following places

Carol x

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Helen said...

Love these atcs Carol!

pearshapedcrafting said...

These look fabulous!

Miriam said...

These are great coins carol. It's always good to know that evrev now and then others sit there not liking a project for a while too! But these have turned out great.

Neet said...

Thanks for the idea - I have been struggling with what to put on these coins - done some but fussy cutting involved, these would be ideal.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Oooh! The squigglies are perfect arent they... love what you did...Lx

Susan Battensby said...

So cute, love them.

suzyb said...

Great idea with these coins. Everyone would love to get one in the mail. I like them a lot and the size. :) Love the ones made here.

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craftytrog said...

Love these Carol! xxx

Catie Cuddles said...

Great coins ... And a great reminder to me to get my squiggly stamps out to play! C x

Etsuko said...

Lovely coins with Squiggly Ink images. xx

Annie said...

Love the fun element to your ATC Coins Carol

TFS Annie xx

Artmadnana said...

Ah, found a way to comment again! Popped back twice to post a comment because I love these so much. I love that mini house stamp. It fits the Coins perfectly, but I mainly love your use of bright colours. They make me smile!

Anneke said...

Awesome collection!

Lucy said...

So cool!

Lucy x

Chris said...

Wonderful coins!

SewPaperPaint said...

Carol, your backgrounds are to die for and the house is the beat focal image for these beauties! Well done!