Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Working Small


Yesterday, I felt overwhelmed with all of the art challenges I’ve become involved in.  I told myself that I would pare down to two groups that I’ve been involved with for most of this year.  In fact, I will be involved with three groups but two of them overlap their challenges.

These two groups have a challenge to create Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) which traditionally have been used by artists as either business cards with their contact info on the back or as art pieces to exchange with each other artists.  ATCs are very small (2.5″ by 3.5″), the size of a playing card.  For Altered Playing Card challenge we will be altering a full deck of playing cards by creating two ATCs per week for 26 weeks.  In the Fun Color challenge we will be creating from 1-5 ATCs per week using any media of the appropriate size. That challenge will continue only through this month and gives us prompts from which to choose.

The good news is that ATCs can be done very quickly….sometimes in as little as 10 or 15 minutes.  And I can use the same ATCs in both groups. Yes for working small!

Here are four ATCs I’ve created in the last eight days.

Color Fun vermillion forest
Vermillion Forest (on ATC watercolor cardstock).  Black Micron pen and Red Tombow marker with collaged text.

DY Color Fun Lemon-Doodle
Lemon Doodle (on ATC watercolor cardstock).  Black Micron pen and yellow Tombow marker.

DY Color Fun 7A Lavendar House
Lavendar House (on gesso’d playing card).  Grape Dylusions spray; black background text stamp; navy letters stamp; gelli print remants for house/roof/chimney; black Micron pen/white Signo broad pen/Stabilo All Aquarelle pencil for doodling and shading.

DY Color Fun 9D Charcoal Tulip
Charcoal Tulip (on black gesso’d playing card).  White Signo Broad pen for drawing, red Sharpie paint pen for highlights, text collage.

I hope you can make a small amount of time for creating every day too!


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

2 thoughts on “Working Small

  1. ……..this would be interesting to try on recycled objects

  2. Yes, it would. Bottles! Greeting cards! Pieces of found wood! Rocks! Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment, sketchisms.

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