Hi everyone, it’s Holly here to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today. An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.
Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store? There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera? I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.
I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint. I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color. While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse. The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.
This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse. You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper. The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!
Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above). This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background. I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.
My next step was to get my fairy ready. I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock. After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off. After I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC. I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.” This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.
I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet. I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.
Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity. The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks). I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.