Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What's In A Name, Anyway?

Give-Away Time!!!

Do you believe that the name, or title, of a work of art can add to it? Of course! Sometimes, a highly creative name for a piece "makes" the piece... it draws the viewer in and causes one to think deeper about the intent of the artist, and how they could have come to decide upon that particular title. Consequently, a poorly chosen name for a piece can detract from it, as well... often times, I've heard a fantastic song that I've really enjoyed. Upon discovering the title, however, I was left a little... blah.

I recently took out a book from the local library. It seems hard to find book devoted to ATCs or ACEOs (Art Cards, baby!!!) But as the art forum moves forward, I want to stay up-to-date as much as I can. Anywhoooo, the book I took out was this one:

"1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs" by Patricia Bolton, Editor-In-Chief of

It's a really cool book! It has a great introduction, explaining what art cards are, how the movement began, etc. It even has a fantastic gallery of cards where you can really see the detail and methods/materials used! The only thing that left me a little flat was that the cards were identified by number only... none of them showed the title of the card.
With this carefully in mind, I present to you my two latest ATCs:

I really like the way they came out... a lot of feeling and emotion went into these pieces. But... I am at a loss for names for them! That's where YOU come in!

Time to employ your creative help... and think of a name for these two original cards! Easy, you think? Not so much! Give it a try! You can even think of ONE name, and I'll just name the cards "Name 1" and "Name 2", as in a series. Just post here the names you choose, give me SOME way to contact you, and the names I like the best will win this original ATC from me titled "Hearts Entangled"!

Give-Away Time!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


OK, so I've been a seller on Etsy for a few years now. Here's my shop. I really am a huge supporter of Etsy, and I love the site, despite some recent changes. But I won't get into that here, lol.

So, I mostly sell ACEOs on Etsy. I LOVE the art form, and the versatility is amazing. I was aware for a while of ATCs (Artist TRADING Cards), but never really bothered with them. Lately, however, I've found quite a few beautiful cards on the ATC's For All website. I've even traded a bit here and there!

Come check out my gallery, join on up, and get involved. They also do more, like swaps, chunky books, etc. I haven't gotten involved in all of that, but the time I do spend there, I enjoy very much. :) Here is my gallery .