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ATC: Flourish

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Flourish, artist trading card by Amy Crook

Flourish, artist trading card by Amy Crook

I still have a bunch in my pack of Artist Trading Cards, so I decided to pull one out and just doodle a bit. Once I’d drawn in the little vine pattern in the corner, the word “flourish” sprung to mind so I went ahead and wrote it in messy calligraphy. Then I got out a brush and, using water and the ink already on the card, I smoothed out the shapes, and even ‘painted’ some new ones.

The whole thing has a feel of decorative whimsy, which goes quite well with the idea of adding flourishes, and also of flourishing in a more personal sense, at least for me. A life without whimsy or decoration would be awfully boring, after all.

Flourish, 3.5″x2.5″ ink on paper, nfs (but available for trading).

We actually had some sunshine this morning, so I took a photo and got a slightly better view of the very pale details in the middle of the card.

Flourish artist trading card, detail, by Amy Crook

Flourish, detail, by Amy Crook

If you’re an artist who makes ATCs of your own, and are coveting this one, let me know!

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Five 5

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Five 5, artist trading card by Amy Crook

Five 5 by Amy Crook

This paper completely absorbed the water before any of the salt could even dissolve, making mysterious swirls of ink surrounding each spiral. I went back in and created the crosshatched figure, and once it was most of the way done, I turned it on the side and found that it looked rather like a creepy, Lovecraftian figure. I used water to blur the ink and add significant shape to the shoggoth, the pattern of dots turning the fifth spiral into a part of the figure like an eye on a stalk.

Five 5, 3.5″x2.5″ mixed media on paper, nfs (but available for trading!).

I find it interesting how all the ink on this piece, except for the signature, is blurred and softened,  giving the whole piece has a creepy, surreal feeling. Happy Halloween season!

Five 5, detail, by Amy Crook

Five 5, detail, by Amy Crook

If you’re an artist who makes ATCs of your own, and are coveting this one, let me know!

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Five 4

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Five 4, artist trading card by Amy Crook

Five 4 by Amy Crook

This paper absorbed the water slowly, but still too fast for the salt to do its usual thing. Instead, it formed this mysterious flower-like shape inside the paper — this is actually what started as the back of the paper. The ink left ghostly rainbows of dye in the paper as it separated into its component colors. I went back in and added more ink and water both, which leaves us with a subtle embossed flower surrounded with the gentle green of new leaves.

Five 4, 3.5″x2.5″ mixed media on paper, nfs (but available for trading!).

This detail shot really makes the pink I dotted into each petal glow, and you can just see the five golden stamen I put in the center. I love that this card has so much detail hiding in the extremely subtle play of color and texture.

Five 4, detail, by Amy Crook

Five 4, detail, by Amy Crook

If you’re an artist who makes ATCs of your own, and are coveting this one, let me know!

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Five 3

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Five 3, abstract art by Amy Crook

Five 3 by Amy Crook

I decided to do #3 horizontally when one of the salt pools didn’t take, instead spreading out into the paper for mysterious reasons. I added ink dots to depressions in both the wet and dry paper, and I love the way the blue-black ink spread throughout the damp spot. I like the way the stamped “canvas” texture in this paper really supports and informs the art that came to life on its surface.

Five 3, 3.5″x2.5″ mixed media on paper, nfs (but available for trading!).

The canvas-like texture of this card is really evident here, and the way the water and salt distorted it in the lower left where the salt pool didn’t properly form.

Five 3, detail, by Amy Crook

Five 3, detail, by Amy Crook

If you’re an artist who makes ATCs of your own, and are coveting this one, let me know!

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Five 2

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Five 2, abstract art by Amy Crook

Five 2 by Amy Crook

In this second piece in the series, I used a purple pen to go with the pinkish-purple that lingered in the center of the salt pools, and the ink separated out as it dried, leaving the pink behind in the lightest washes and looking bluer at the edges. I used simple water to create the background wash, picking up ink from shading that’s nearly erased at the top and bottom, plus the tips of some of the longest lines in the center designs.

This is another of those pieces where incessant fiddling gave me interesting results in the form of the layered ink washes, especially down in the lower left.

Five 2, 2.5″x3.5″ mixed media on paper, nfs (but available for trading!).

You can see the paper texture in the detail shot, and the shape and sparkle in the blue salt pools.

Five 2, detail, by Amy Crook

Five 2, detail, by Amy Crook

If you’re an artist who makes ATCs of your own, and are coveting this one, let me know!

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Five 1

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Five 1, abstract art by Amy Crook

Five 1 by Amy Crook

This is my first foray into Artist Trading Cards (or Artist Card Edition Originals, as they’re called if you sell them), though I’ve had a pack of assorted blanks for a while now. I wasn’t sure if any of them would hold up to my method of growing salt crystals, but I decided to do a set of 5 with 5 ink spirals each (whether or not the salt pools formed), and call it, brilliantly, Five.

Have I mentioned I hate coming up with titles?

Five 1, 2.5″x3.5″ mixed media on paper, nfs (but available for trading!).

This one formed a very interesting salt crystal on one of the pools that looked almost melted, curvy and organic in a way most of them really never are.

Five 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Five 1, detail, by Amy Crook

If you’re an artist who makes ATCs of your own, and are coveting this one, let me know!

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