I have tried a couple of ATCs, artist tradin cards, but wanted to try my hand at a mixed media version using the techniques I have been learning lately.

The bird is a quirky lil bird I drew for the first lesson of Awesome Art Journal on the composition exercise. I really like that little guy, and wanted to make a stamp out of him. I traced the image with pencil, transferred it to the Staedtler carving eraser material I have on hand and made a few test stamps. I like the way he turned out and decided to make this fella the featured image of my ATC.

I had a pice of 9″ x 12″ Canson paper painted with shades of yellow ochre, so I added to that with some handmade paper, origami paper, scrapbook paper, and text from my good friend Practical Householder. I am using Modge Podge to glue the papers down, but do not care much for it’s scent, so when I run out, I am going back to Golden Matte Medium.

I did a layer of neocolor 2 to unify the paper, stamped with andirondak ink, grunged it up with acrylics and stamped my little bird in black. With the txtured paper, I had to do a little black pen enhancement for lines that didn’t print and added my text, which is from Nina Simone’s song, Feelin’ Good. I am keeping 2 for Bill and I. The rest I will set aside until…who knows?