Monday 3 September 2018

2018 #15 ATCoins: Hang in there with LPC {by Helen Chilton}

2018 Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins

Tonight we kick off a new topic: Artist Trading Coins. If you are not sure what these are, follow the challenge link at the foot of the page for a great introduction from Darcy. These are round tiny pieces of art, which might be themed, and people are swapping them for fun. You can make and keep them in your usual Artist trading card folders too as they are designed to fit. I love how Helen has turned hers into a hanging display. I hope you find some time to join us over the next 2 weeks as our bloggers play around with penty of circular ideas! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a batch of Lynne Perrella Artist Trading Coins.

I say 'batch' because I made an A4 background and then managed to punch out 8 coins from it. Making them this way means that they all coordinate well. Lynne Perrella's stamps were great as they have so much detail on them. I pulled several sets to start with but in the end only used one, managing to create a different stamped collage on each coin.

Now I know you're meant to trade the coins but I couldn't resist hanging mine up with lots of embellishments!

I chose light paint colours as the images are quite opaque and just scraped it on randomly.

Then I added a bit of stencilling in the same colours. I've used these stencils so often - I love the pattern.

One A4 sheet gives you 8 coins, 2.5" in diameter.

It's easier to ink up the stamp and place the coin face down on top for this. I mixed and matched lots of different parts of the stamps to get my eight designs and just filled in any gaps with a bit of border.

I wanted a bit of darker colour on there so added some with watercolour brush pens - very quick and easy - then added white highlights.

The kraft card coins are for the back as I wanted to run the ribbon between them.

You can hang them up as you please - that's just a stick from the garden with wire wrapped round it. The hardest bit was threading the beads on the ribbon!

You can see how the ribbon slots between the two coins - add beads or whatever for decoration.

I like the idea of making sets of coins. I was going to make a box to put them in but couldn't find anything suitable. Thinking about it, you could use an empty tape spool and just add a top and bottom.

Just because the coins are small, it doesn't mean you can't add lots of detail. I've added embellishments to the hanging mechanism, but you could also add more detail and text (think Alison Bomber's stamps) to the coin itself. How about stamping text round the edges? I'm definitely going to make more of these - they're very addictive!


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Miriam said...

These are gorgeous Helen. So fun to make too

Keren Baker said...

Absolutely adore this- and love the colours. Really love the way they’re hanging too! x

Helen said...

Lynne's stamps are indeed perfect for this theme, and I love the colours.

JoFY said...

sigh... so, so lovely!! xx Jo

Hazel said...

I can't wait to make these. I have a child's stool to finish painting first then it's Gelli plate fun to make backgrounds for my coins!
H xx

Art By Wanda said...

This is wonderful, Helen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Artmadnana said...

These are great Helen. The Lynne Perrella images are perfect for the Coins. I like how you've hung them for display. This size lends itself better for that purpose than regular ATCs. No doubt retailers will come out with products for storing and displaying these little works of art. Love the Kraft backing too.

geezercrafter said...

Love your creation Helen. I agree with Chris, our coins are fab as a display rather than put away in some form of holder.

Monika Gulyas said...

Fabulous ATCoins!!! I love the idea of hanging them!!!

Cocofolies said...

Fabulous project!!!!!
Well done to Helen Chilton, as usual wonderful work! x

Sue said...

This looks amazing Helen, a fabulous way of displaying the coins xx

Paper Wishes said...

I would never have thought those colours would look so effective as a background the result is so good. I love the way you have used these stamps its not a set I ever looked much at but now I am seeing lots of possibilities. Thanks for sharing this.

Dorthe said...

So gorgeous Helen, I love your results , using that wonderful stamp sheet , Beautiful. Dorthe, x

Catie Cuddles said...

Absolutely fab coins and innovative way of displaying them.
Love them so much.
C xxx

Etsuko said...

Very elegant coins with Lynne's images, and lovely idea of the hanging. xx

Annie said...

What a fantastic creation Helen x You are a genius and I wish I had the imagination that you have...its amazing !!!!

TFS Annie xx

CrackedcupAnnie said...

To enter the challenge do we have to use Paper Artsy products? BTW Helen, love the hanging display, and as quite a few comments mention, once you have a do you display them? Great idea.....

Lucy said...

Stunning! You are so clever!

Lucy x

Chris said...

Such an inspiring make Helen! x

SewPaperPaint said...

FANTASTIC design Helen! The soft colors are perfect to let these detailed images show through and the hanger idea is genius! Way to work this theme! Hugs, Autumn