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Joss
02-19-2011, 08:49 AM
Swap Due Date – April 22
Number of Cards - 3 for 3
Number of Participants -35 (FULL)
Media: Oil Pastels/Ink

Welcome to the Oil Pastels/Ink Technique ATC Swap!

This is a very simple technique and very effective.
You will need:
*thin paper - that can be scrunched up easily- not card- (I use the A4 paper from the computer)
*oil pastels
*inks
*an iron (your household iron)
*newspaper pages

Method:
1.) Draw the image/s on the paper (cut to ATC size), pressing hard.
2.) Scrunch the paper up tight in your fist
3.) Smooth it out carefully and cover with ink- black is very effective, but I have tried different colours.
4.) Let it dry-I pat it dry with some tissue if I am impatient-which is usually always!
5.) Run the cold tap lightly and using a soft paintbrush to clean the ink off.Don't scrub it! (The paper gets very very thin now, so handle it with care.)
6.) Lay it flat on some soft paper -again I use tissues from my tissue box- or kitchen towel.
7.) Iron it between two pieces of newspaper with a very hot iron for about 6 seconds.
(When dryish, you don't have to wait too long)
8.) Paste it on to card, as it is very thin.
The ink runs into the cracks which were made when you scrunched up the paper, and the ironing melts the oils and mixes the inks together, and the result is fabulous.
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Swap Requirements ~
* All cards should be standard 3.5” x 2.5”
* This swap is 3 for 3 only. An extra card for the host is hugely welcome, but completely optional.
* Please send in your best work. Submit cards that you would be happy to get in return.
* Originals only - no copies or prints.
* Put your cards in plastic sleeves.

Mailing Information ~
* Include username, real name, and the swap name on the back of all cards.
* All Participants – Please include an address label and $1 dollar – I will provide the envelopes.

Please PM me for my address when you are ready to mail your cards, as I moved in December 2010. Please post in this thread when you are sending your cards out, that way I can keep track of the cards when they were mailed. Any late cards will be returned.

When you receive your returns, please leave I-Trader for your swap host and rep points for the artists of the cards you receive, as everyone likes to know where their cards went.

The Players:
Joss
and
1) Evalila (cards in London....thanks)
2) Jo.on.the.go (cards in London...thanks)
3) mrubyjean (cards in London .....thanks)
4) jazzie (cards in London.....thanks)
5) Helene (cards in London....thanks)
6) Janet (cards in London...thanks)
7) CarlaH (cards in London...thanks)
8) theweavershand (cards in London....thanks)
9) GoldenWolf (cards in London...thanks)
10) momoruth - withdraw
11) Donnacr (cards in London....thanks)
12) Charlie Brown (cards in London....thanks)
13)alanabannana (cards in London.....thanks)
14) Pauline (cards in London....thanks)
15)Art101 (cards in London...thanks)
16) CherylS (cards in London....thanks)
17) andyaly (cards in London...thanks)
18) SOTO (cards in London....thanks)
19) karen kensek (withdraw)
20) Laura D (cards in London....thanks)
21) Jan (cards in London...thanks)
22) mxer145 (cards in London....thanks)
23) bitsysal49 (cards in London....thanks)
24) Leslie 52 - withdraw
25) Spirit Soul (cards in London....thanks)
26) eviledna (cards in London...thanks)
27) ShayNOLA (cards in London....thanks)
28) Wil Opio Oguta (cards in London....thanks)
29) HHC (Cards in London....thanks)
30) teale (cards in London...thanks)
31) ruthe (cards in London ....thanks)
32) Aime (cards in London.....thanks)
33) beeps (cards in London.... thanks)
34) Jamie Lynn (cards in London....thanks)
35) bridgetgethins (cards in London...thanks)


LeonardaDaArtsi -withdraw
lafaver55 - withdraw
NancyL - withdraw
GALZART - withdraw
Chamele - withdraw
AmericanHwyFlower - withdraw
joytotheblog - withdraw
catscradle - withdraw
karen kensek - withdraw

LeonardaDaArtsi
02-19-2011, 12:03 PM
I am so up for a new technique !!!!!! SIgn me up!!!

Evalila
02-19-2011, 12:25 PM
Yay, me please :jiggy: Sounds like fun!!!

jo.on.the.go
02-19-2011, 12:44 PM
Please add me! I am eager to learn new techniques.

Joss
02-19-2011, 12:48 PM
Yippee three victims already.
Welcome LeonardaDaArtsi, Evalila and Jojo.

Chamele
02-19-2011, 01:09 PM
sign me up please Jossie this sounds really fun to try!

NancyL
02-19-2011, 01:10 PM
Please add me. I don't have ink but can easily find that. right now I don't have an art space either but I get that when the company leaves, beginning of March or so.

mrubyjean
02-19-2011, 01:13 PM
I would definitely like to try this...I'm in!

What kind of inks are you using...inkpads rubbed over the pastels?
And do you use just one color ink per card?

jazzie
02-19-2011, 01:26 PM
Bueno! Sign me up Jossie :~]

Joss
02-19-2011, 01:36 PM
I am thrilled that so many of you want to play.
Welcome to:
Chamele
Nancy L
mrubyjean
jazzie

I use my Winston and Newton or Calli ink in little bottles- no ink pad, just use a brush and cover the whole pastel drawing- your heart will sink, but it does come off easily with water. I have not tried more than one colour on one drawing- what a good idea.

GALZART
02-19-2011, 01:36 PM
I would definitely like to try this...I'm in!

What kind of inks are you using...inkpads rubbed over the pastels?
And do you use just one color ink per card?

I just tried it....interesting and quick technique.
I used a Ranger Distress Ink pad and just wiped it over the paint stick work. A permanent ink wouldn't wash off.
I like the technique for backgrounds.http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/322/medium/1_Background.jpg

Joss
02-19-2011, 02:11 PM
Look how fantastic that is, wonder whether you could now draw another image on to this and put more ink on and wash it off. oooh give it a try and let us know.
So, are you going to play with us Gail?

Helene
02-19-2011, 02:24 PM
I'm jumping in!!! Love experimentation and making a mess!!! Can't resist this one!

RoOskie
02-19-2011, 02:28 PM
Thanks for the invite. I'll lurk for now if that is alright, but sure sounds fun. Love the results I'm seeing.

Joss
02-19-2011, 02:41 PM
Yay gotya Helene. Thanks and welcome!
I think you may be back RoOskie LOL

Janet
02-19-2011, 03:52 PM
Great swap idea Joss. Count me in :)

Janet
02-19-2011, 03:54 PM
Just a thought, do these need to go onto thicker card backing as it's paper?

carlah
02-19-2011, 04:14 PM
Joss can I play?, I like to tray it!

theweavershand
02-19-2011, 04:29 PM
ooo...looks like fun! sign me up please!

Cat's Cradle
02-19-2011, 04:29 PM
I have walnut ink to mix up and brush over pastels. Sign me up, please!!

GoldenWolf
02-19-2011, 04:36 PM
This is a new technique to me and I'd like to try it. Please sign me up!

lafaver55
02-19-2011, 04:43 PM
Please sign me up!

NancyL
02-19-2011, 04:44 PM
I have Stazon ink pads...I even have walnut ink! And three kinds of oil pastels....just to find a place that I can be messy in.
This is like a sophisticated crayon resist.

Joss
02-19-2011, 05:19 PM
Welcome to:
Janet
CarlaH
theweavershand
catscradle
GoldenWolf
lafaver55

WOW, I am so excited at the response to this swap.
With so many fabulous artists doing all sorts of new things, the results are going to be amazing.
(Walnut ink? What's that? Don't think we get it on this side of the pond.)

momoruth
02-19-2011, 05:26 PM
I'll give a try my friend...sign me up..I'll have to get some oil pastels

Cat's Cradle
02-19-2011, 06:24 PM
Joss, walnut ink is ink made from the shells of black walnuts.

I have a couple of vials of walnut shell powder. Mix it with different amounts of water to produce different shades of brown. It's fun stuff!!

I also have StazOn and a couple of other ink pads, but I think I want to do the walnut. :yes:

Joss
02-19-2011, 07:26 PM
Welcome momoruth. Yay!
And the swap's half filled already.
That walnut ink sounds so cool! Can't wait to see the results.

Donnacr
02-19-2011, 07:53 PM
thanks for the invite - I was just thinking that I was up to date with all my swaps and needed a few new ones.
Please sign me up - I LOVE making a mess!!

GALZART
02-19-2011, 08:21 PM
OK....I'll play!

Joss
02-19-2011, 08:21 PM
Yipppeee, Donna is joining us. Welcome friend.

Charlie Brown
02-19-2011, 08:35 PM
I'd like to join too please! Looks like it's filling up fast!

alanabannana
02-19-2011, 09:15 PM
thanks for the heads up Joss and I will give this a try. Sign me up!

Pauline
02-19-2011, 09:41 PM
Okay, you have talked me into it. I will practice with it today.

lafaver55
02-19-2011, 10:30 PM
Thanks for the post about permanent ink. Now I know why I couldn't get the ink to come off the paper...

Art101
02-19-2011, 10:39 PM
I'll give it a try. I have some really old pastel paints, and I think I can use block printing ink.

Wil Opio Oguta
02-20-2011, 03:49 AM
First I wanted to lurk - have to finish some commitments - but seeing how fast this one is filling I better sign up now:jiggy:

Ginart
02-20-2011, 03:57 AM
Hey Joss!
I'll lurk here for a bit. I have a lot of personal trades, so I'll do those first and then see if I'm on time still. But the technique is awesome. I've done this before but forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me of its existence! ;)

Joss
02-20-2011, 06:17 AM
This is getting better each time I look at it. Welcome to:
Gail
Charlie Brown
alanabannana
Pauline
Art101

CherylS
02-20-2011, 09:06 AM
Sounds messy. Count me in.

andyaly
02-20-2011, 02:29 PM
Ooh, I've never tried this before! Can you sign me up, please, Joss? :idea:

Joss
02-20-2011, 02:58 PM
Welcome CherylS and andyaly
lafaver55 is withdrawing -thanks for trying the technique.

CherylS
02-20-2011, 03:49 PM
I tried this today. The instructions should add wear gloves! I probably should have thought of this myself. I hope I can get the ink stains off before work tomorrow. I really like the effect. I'm sharing my efforts with everyone but I'm not sure this first attempt will be offered for swap. I appreciate any thoughts.

Joss
02-20-2011, 03:51 PM
I had so much fun 'playing' late last night,and here are the results. I outlined the drawings with fine ink afterwards, just to accentuate them. (they are in my gallery and for trade).

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Charlie Brown
02-20-2011, 04:10 PM
Love the rooster, Joss!

craftyvox
02-20-2011, 05:18 PM
This sounds like an interesting and super fun technique!! .. however I am not quite sure I entirely 'get' it? The image you draw on the paper first is done with the oil pastels, then you crumble up the paper and flatten it again and ink it over .. etc? Esp the very first part isn't quite clear to me (I am slow on the uptake sometimes, I know hehe).

SOTO
02-20-2011, 06:21 PM
New technique - yes, I want to play!
SOTO

GALZART
02-20-2011, 07:11 PM
This sounds like an interesting and super fun technique!! .. however I am not quite sure I entirely 'get' it? The image you draw on the paper first is done with the oil pastels, then you crumble up the paper and flatten it again and ink it over .. etc? Esp the very first part isn't quite clear to me (I am slow on the uptake sometimes, I know hehe).

You've got it! That's the way it's done.

CherylS
02-20-2011, 08:31 PM
Joss, you mentioned adding ink to yours. Is it OK to do a drawing with ink on the card? I like the one I did for a background but it needs a finishing touch.

LeonardaDaArtsi
02-20-2011, 08:47 PM
I like the final touch of the outlining. That is how I will do mine as well. Gotta think of a subject matter that will be awesome with this type of technique...........:idea:

Joss
02-21-2011, 06:41 AM
Welcome SOTO, karen kensek and Laura D.

Cheryl yours looks great- try drawing on it with ink, why not> see what happens. With those dark colours, I would use black ink. I hate wearing gloves, so never do- and my ink came off easily with a few good scrubs.

craftyvox
02-21-2011, 06:43 AM
You've got it! That's the way it's done.

Thanks! Am hoping to be able to give this a try later today!

Helene
02-21-2011, 01:42 PM
Ohhh love them Joss! My favorite (OF COURSE!) is the cat one! ha ha. Can't wait to give it a try!

alanabannana
02-21-2011, 03:24 PM
Here is my attempt. The red hearts didn't stand out so well, so after they dried I went over them again with the oil pastel and reironed. They stand out a bit better now. They still have to be mounted.

mzspurslasso
02-21-2011, 03:40 PM
Lurking for the moment...have to see about getting my hands on some oil pastels!

LeonardaDaArtsi
02-21-2011, 04:20 PM
Here is my attempt. The red hearts didn't stand out so well, so after they dried I went over them again with the oil pastel and reironed. They stand out a bit better now. They still have to be mounted.

That red and blue one is really pretty! Good job!

Joss
02-21-2011, 07:08 PM
I like them Alana, they need to have a bit of a distorted 'cracked' look, which yours do.

NancyL
02-21-2011, 10:43 PM
I've been trying this technique and my cards aren't yet fabulous. the last few I almost liked. the first set was difficult getting the dried ink off. the second set, I didn't wait fo it to dry and I used baby wipes to remove it. this saved my fingers from becoming completely inky.

Art101
02-21-2011, 10:50 PM
I'm not sure these have the effect that the swap calls for. I used pastels and diluted India Ink. Let me know if they are acceptable or not.

[A hint that might help others: instead of holding the paper under running water to rinse off the ink, put a few inches of water into a sink and then place the paper into the sink. Let the paper rest on the sink's bottom for support as you gently wipe the ink off with a brush. The paper is less likely to tear if it is supported while wet.] :idea:

For comments, here are the cards:
#1 striped top and bottom edges
#2 stars
#3 single orange flower
#4 multicolor flowers

RobbyGirl
02-21-2011, 11:10 PM
Lurking! My plate is so full right now but this sounds like so much fun. I'll be back once I feel like I can breathe again!

Joss
02-22-2011, 07:24 AM
NancyL, I have never used baby wipes, some people use gloves, I just wallow in the whole inky process. Good idea for people to try.
Art101, you got the desired effect for sure. They look great.I never dilute my ink, just smear it on all over the card- it looks frightful, then wash it off- good suggestion to put it in a small amount of water when getting the ink off.

Charlie Brown
02-22-2011, 08:36 AM
Art101, I think they look nice. I especially like the bunch of flowers.

Jan
02-22-2011, 09:36 AM
Gotta try it, sign me up!

Cat's Cradle
02-22-2011, 10:14 AM
Art101, those cards made me "ooh" when I saw them! :wub:

mxer145
02-22-2011, 10:39 AM
I'd love to try this!!

Joss
02-22-2011, 12:46 PM
Yay, two more, welcome Jan and mxer145

bitsysal49
02-22-2011, 01:30 PM
I would like to enter this swap but I did change up a little from your specs so you might not want mine. I used 80 pound watercolor paper instead of computer paper and I outlined a tad with ink. May I join?

Joss
02-22-2011, 05:48 PM
Wow bitsysal, they are great! Welcome so happy to have you join us.

LeonardaDaArtsi
02-22-2011, 10:09 PM
I might need to change up the type paper as well. I experimented tonight and had total disasters! Including my paper falling apart during the rinsing. The ink I used covered the entire paper, including the oil pastels....... its not looking good!:swoon:

Joss
02-23-2011, 06:47 AM
Try it again, you will succeed, I know it. Thanks for trying so hard LeonardaDA

Evalila
02-23-2011, 08:58 AM
I played with this technique today, and these are the first two cards I came up with, "Yellow Flowers" and "By the Sea":

Joss
02-23-2011, 10:19 AM
And they are quite fantastic Ev

ICraft
02-23-2011, 12:59 PM
Hmmm...sounds intriguing but a little scary for a non-drawer/painter but I may give it a try - I'll be watching for sure. There certainly are some awesome looking cards here! Good job players!

Helene
02-23-2011, 01:55 PM
ok...I made a mess last night...and LOVE IT!!!

Joss
02-23-2011, 03:34 PM
Dena, you don't have to be proficient at drawing or painting- just come along and play. Ask Helene LOL

LeonardaDaArtsi
02-23-2011, 03:43 PM
I think I am going to withdraw- I am just not "feeling the love"! (From my ink that is, I got lots of love from you guys!:wub:)

SOTO
02-23-2011, 04:47 PM
Joss, and all,
Did you use India Ink for this? I've tried inkpads with just so-so success.
SOTO

Helene
02-23-2011, 06:49 PM
Joss, and all,
Did you use India Ink for this? I've tried inkpads with just so-so success.
SOTO
Soto, I used ink pads. (Marvy's...which are not permanent). Next I'll experiment by using liquid ink...looking forward to more mess! he he...

NancyL
02-23-2011, 07:27 PM
I'm withdrawing. In all of my experiments, I had nothing that I liked.

GALZART
02-24-2011, 06:59 AM
Sorry, I must withdraw also.

Joss
02-24-2011, 11:40 AM
Oh my goodness, three withdrawals.
Sorry to see you go LeonardaDaArtsi, NancyL and Galzart

MACE
02-24-2011, 12:28 PM
Lurking ... interesting technique. I have a whole box of oil pastels i've never used

Leslie 52
02-24-2011, 03:21 PM
Wow, does this sound cool. Sign me up!

Joss
02-24-2011, 06:09 PM
Welcome Leslie, I know you are going to have fun.

Art101
02-24-2011, 07:02 PM
I'm not thrilled with my cards, but I'll send them in. Maybe there can be a sub-set of us who are participating, but confused about the method and results. :twitcy:

Helene
02-24-2011, 11:31 PM
Here are some that I like how they turned out:

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65194

I like this technique...you never really know how exactly it will turn out and it's fun to have the surprise when it dries... I'm gonna try some more...

theweavershand
02-25-2011, 12:07 AM
love those, Helene! i hope mine turn out as well!

Helene
02-25-2011, 04:34 AM
Had some more fun:

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Spirit Soul
02-25-2011, 05:17 AM
I'm liking the results that are getting posted, so I think I have to try this too. May I join, Joss?

Joss
02-25-2011, 07:09 AM
Helene, these are awseome sauce! The method seems to 'like' one dominant object and the scrunching of the paper determines how many 'cracks' appear and thus gives the batik effect. It is to be expected that we have different products on this side of the pond, so let us know what you used Helene.

Yay Spirit Soul is in da house! Welcome!

Joss
02-25-2011, 07:17 AM
Your cards are absolutely fine Art101, I think you believe they are a subset, I don't. Thanks for playing in my swap and I can't wait to see them. Remember what you wrote:
Nothing is done wrong when it comes to art, and don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Charlie Brown
02-25-2011, 09:14 AM
Your cards are absolutely fine Art101, I think you believe they are a subset, I don't. Thanks for playing in my swap and I can't wait to see them. Remember what you wrote:
Nothing is done wrong when it comes to art, and don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

I agree! I would be tickled to receive any of the ones you posted. :wub:

mrubyjean
02-25-2011, 04:28 PM
Helene ~ I love your cards! It looks like you used different colored inks...did you?

Helene
02-25-2011, 04:36 PM
Yes I used Brown, Purple (for the jar card) and black...all directly form the stamp pads (Marvy's non-permanent) right on the paper to saturate the images till you can't see it anymore, then lay it in the bottom of the sink and just moved it around for a few seconds. Lift, drip, lay on paper and bake...(@350f ...just kidding) I mean 'iron' till dry.
I used white, pink, yellow papers, but covered most of the paper with pastels leaving just a few little spaces with no pastel.
But, I am not done experimenting...

Joss
02-25-2011, 06:34 PM
We don't have Marvy's ink on this side of the pond, sounds fantastic to me, I am going to try moving my next ones in a little water without rubbing the ink off and see what happens, or I may even try rubbing it off gently with my finger...will see...

Janet
02-25-2011, 06:56 PM
I'm not happy with the results I got so far. I am looking for some softer paper to try. Is it ok to add inked lines Joss? I've been using watercolour inks as I don't have ink pads any more. Will experiment again tomorrow and see if I can make any worthy of the swap :)

Helene
02-25-2011, 10:08 PM
I'm not happy with the results I got so far. I am looking for some softer paper to try. Is it ok to add inked lines Joss? I've been using watercolour inks as I don't have ink pads any more. Will experiment again tomorrow and see if I can make any worthy of the swap :)
I hope it's ok to add a few lines afterwards...I did a few add-ons with thin black lines and the grapes have a little dot of white gel pen....:unsure:

AmericanHwyFlower
02-25-2011, 10:21 PM
okay Joss... sign me up for this one. I want to try this technique this weekend. my little one will get a big kick out of this art project...lol.

Joss
02-26-2011, 06:28 AM
Welcome AmericanHwyFlower, I know you are both going to have such fun this weekend.

Yes, please add ink lines, bit of gel pen, it enhances the shape- I did too.

CherylS
02-26-2011, 10:42 AM
Well, Here are my cards for better or worse. The first 4 will be submitted for the swap. The 5th was a failure. I decided to try using soft pastels over the inked oil pastels after the ironing process. I think that I like this technique best for an underpainting. The underpainting shows through and the crumpling adds texture.
On the others I did as instructed but used blue pearlescent ink on the snow scene an on top of the washed off black ink. The pearlescent inks add a sparkle. I'm using bottled inks so the black seems too dark.

alanabannana
02-26-2011, 11:01 AM
mailing my cards out today

Joss
02-26-2011, 11:25 AM
Your cards are fabulous Cheryl, I can't wait to see them. Thanks for playing in my new swap. Yay Alana is posting hers too.

Of course there's space for you, eviledna -welcome.

Helene
02-26-2011, 01:37 PM
Your cards are great CherylS!! They look like stormy weather landscapes...wonderful results!

shayNOLA
02-26-2011, 09:34 PM
Hi Joss... It's Shay! Do you have one spot left for me?? Helene sent me a message about your swap. I'd love to join!! The one I received from you is beautiful! I'd love to explore a new technique. :)

mrubyjean
02-27-2011, 03:24 AM
Here are the cards I made...some with black ink and some with walnut inks ~

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opiwine.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opisunflower.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opisun.jpg

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opibutterfly.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opisailboat.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opiportrait.jpg

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/512/medium/1_opifish.jpg

I'm not sure which ones to send in for the swap...

Joss
02-27-2011, 07:12 AM
Of course, there's a place for you Shay! Welcome to my swap. Only one place left now, yahooo.

Martha I LOVE all your cards,am thrilled with the results... hard to choose...

Helene
02-27-2011, 02:15 PM
Love Martha's cards! (funny...I just did a butterfly last night too!...)
And I love hearts too Alana, so I had to make a couple of those also...:wub:
So here are a few more...
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Joss needs to pick the 4 to send...I can't...:swoon:

Joss
02-27-2011, 04:07 PM
How could I ever possibly choose yours or Martha's? They are all fantabalistic! You are gonna have a stampede of traders with the leftovers girls.

Janet
02-27-2011, 06:41 PM
mine are done, fingers are still ink stained !!!!

alanabannana
02-27-2011, 06:59 PM
everyone is turning out some beautiful cards.

Joss
02-27-2011, 07:23 PM
Janet, they are exquisite, fingers will clean up in about 3 months LOL.

Welcome Gillyscraper, great to have you with us.

Helene
02-27-2011, 07:28 PM
Janet, they are exquisite, fingers will clean up in about 3 months LOL.

Welcome Gillyscraper, great to have you with us.
Bleach!!! a quick dip in it and Voila!...you can show yourself in public without wearing gloves again!

shayNOLA
02-27-2011, 09:31 PM
Janet, lovely ATCs!!

HHC
02-27-2011, 10:47 PM
Oh my goodness, Joss! I just found this. :err: A friend gifted me a 36 piece set of oil pastels, yesterday, and I haven't played with them yet. This looks like great fun! Please put me on the waiting list.

I must go play now!

Art101
02-28-2011, 07:54 AM
Your cards are absolutely fine Art101, I think you believe they are a subset, I don't. Thanks for playing in my swap and I can't wait to see them. Remember what you wrote:
Nothing is done wrong when it comes to art, and don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

Thanks Joss, yes, I will keep that quote in mind when I put the cards in the envelope. ;)

Joss
02-28-2011, 08:10 AM
Yay Helen is with us! I extended my numbers to 35- so you are most welcome friend.

Joss
02-28-2011, 08:56 AM
These are my three for the swap. Again, I used thin paper, one or two inks, and outlined the face with a thin line. I had so much fun, love the unpredictability of this method. You never actually know what will happen.

65473 blue gekko

65474 red ellie

65475 mother-in-law

Jan
02-28-2011, 10:48 AM
Posting cards today.

Joss
02-28-2011, 11:16 AM
Jan, your cards are super duper, love them all. Thanks for playing in my swap.

carlah
02-28-2011, 12:07 PM
Joss mine are reddy, here they are!!

Joss
02-28-2011, 12:44 PM
Oooh Carla, what a lot of wonderful flowery cards. You are such a great artist.

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 02:03 PM
Jan, Carlah and Joss... your cards are lovely! Joss, this technique really adds interest to the picture. Thanks for hosting this swap!! :)

SOTO
02-28-2011, 04:29 PM
While working on another project, I ran across some old stencils and decided to try using them with this technique. They aren't the greatest, but have been my most successful attempt so far.
I used deli paper, Fabrico Ink inkpads, stamping directly onto the painted paper with the pad. Then I dropped the papers into 1/4" of water in the kitchen sink for a few seconds, drained the water and lightly brushed to remove the excess ink. Ironed them between tissues, for lack of newsprint available.
I found that a very heavy application of the oil pastels, and lighter colors worked better for me. That being said, the grape cluster is my least favorite of the 5.
Some detail work with a fine pt. ink pen is next.
If the host agrees, these will be my swap cards.
Comments welcome.
SOTO

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 04:42 PM
Ok... so I gave this a try. I'm not quite having the effect I hoped for. I'm using an ink pad and it is only getting the 'high points' of the paper. It's not going into the crevices. Can someone recommend a better way? Do I rub the ink onto the paper until the entire picture is black? Should I buy a liquid ink and spread it on the paper? If so, what type? I'm loving all the effects I see posted! Can you guys give me some tips?
Thanks!! ~Shay
PS. I'll post what I've attempted so you can see what I'm talking about. I still have to adhere to card stock, so I'll have it a little later. I like it, but it's not quite what I was going for...

CherylS
02-28-2011, 04:46 PM
shayNola,
I used bottled black ink. I brushed it on. Be near the sink because it gets very dark quickly. I also used some pearlescent ink the same way. I posted mine to the thread so you can see how that looks.

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 05:01 PM
Thanks, CherylS. I'll have to give it a try. Here are two showing how only the high points of the paper are getting the ink...

autumnsensation
02-28-2011, 05:54 PM
Is there room for one more Joss? I would love to participate.

Joss
02-28-2011, 06:46 PM
Welcome joytotheblog, would love to have you playing with us.

SOTO I love what you've done here, and with some fine ink lines for details, they will be perfect.

And Shay, those look great too. This is the fabulous thing about this method- there is no ONE end result, it is unpredictable, that's what makes it so fascinating (for me).

I have only used bottled ink, and 'painted it over the whole card with a brush'---don't forget to scrunch the paper tight in your fist before the inking- this 'cracks' the pastels allowing the ink to fill the crevices......it looks awful when the whole card is covered in black (or whatever colour ink), but don't worry...then go to the sink/basin and gently run the cold water and rinse off the ink, gently rubbing it with the brush if you like...then place it on some tissue/kitchen towel to dry, and then iron it.

Joss
02-28-2011, 06:59 PM
And I forgot to say -I press really hard with my pastels, and try to cover the whole card.

AmericanHwyFlower
02-28-2011, 07:09 PM
okay.. i have a dumb question.... when you say to apply the ink... are you using an ink pad or ink from a pen or ???

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 07:43 PM
OK...Thanks for the tips! Tomorrow, I'll run out and get some bottled ink!! Can't wait to see what happens. I also went back and inked the edges of the cards I posted with a sponge. I like the look a lot better! I'll have some postings tomorrow. lol... I think I might just LOVE this technique and have some for trade, too. What is the etiquette? Do I trade them after the swap is over? ~Shay PS. I will definitely have Joss pick her favs for the swap!

HHC
02-28-2011, 07:49 PM
ShayNOLA, thanks for asking. I just tried and had the same effect... ink only getting in the high spots.

Thanks for letting us know what ink you use, Joss, I do have a small bottle of black india ink... will try that and see how it works. :)

HHC
02-28-2011, 08:41 PM
ahhhhhhhhhhh! :mad:

Okay, I tried the india ink, and it looked like it was working and then the drawing stuck to the newspaper and peeled a strip off. I quit for tonight! *stamping foot in frustration* LOL

I'll try again tomorrow or the next day.

SOTO
02-28-2011, 08:48 PM
ShayNOLA, just a thought - after you scrunch up your paper to get all those wrinkles and creases, are you flattening them back out as much as you can before you ink them? Also, make sure that whatever ink you use isn't waterproof, or it might not come off. I tried using both liquid inks (walnut ink) - sprayed on heavily to cover the complete card, and inkpads, using the pad like a stamp over the entire surface - stamp hard, and the ink will get down into the creases.
Don't get discouraged.....this is one of those techniques that just takes some tweaking to get right.

Joss - mine are going in the post tomorrow!!

SOTO
SOTO

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 09:05 PM
lol... so sorry!! How frustrating! But thanks for the info. Note to self: No India Ink!


ahhhhhhhhhhh! :mad:

Okay, I tried the india ink, and it looked like it was working and then the drawing stuck to the newspaper and peeled a strip off. I quit for tonight! *stamping foot in frustration* LOL

I'll try again tomorrow or the next day.

HHC
02-28-2011, 09:12 PM
shayNOLA, I don't think the India ink made it stick...

But seriously, what types of liquid ink are people using? I have a couple of walnut ink sprays... do those work?

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 09:18 PM
Very good tips!! Thank you...:jiggy:


ShayNOLA, just a thought - after you scrunch up your paper to get all those wrinkles and creases, are you flattening them back out as much as you can before you ink them? Also, make sure that whatever ink you use isn't waterproof, or it might not come off. I tried using both liquid inks (walnut ink) - sprayed on heavily to cover the complete card, and inkpads, using the pad like a stamp over the entire surface - stamp hard, and the ink will get down into the creases.
Don't get discouraged.....this is one of those techniques that just takes some tweaking to get right.

Joss - mine are going in the post tomorrow!!

SOTO
SOTO

Jan
02-28-2011, 09:43 PM
HHC I tried India ink too but found it dried out very quickly and was hard to move around or remove with a wet brush, it smeared and ran. I used alcohol inks and some in colors and they worked better.

shayNOLA
02-28-2011, 10:04 PM
Soto, I love the way your cards came out! I'm hoping my 'wrinkles' come out like yours. :) Btw, I love the color of the grape ATC!

Art101
02-28-2011, 11:45 PM
I used diluted India Ink. If I were to do it again, I'd use a stronger concentration. I found that the cards took the color better to put the diluted ink in a small shallow dish, and just dunk the whole card into the solution. Trying to apply it by brushing it on left too many un-inked places. [And, before you jump in and use India Ink, I am not overly thrilled with my cards....]

Hint: Something I discovered is that when the paper is crunched up, the pastel will rub up against the card in the folded places, and smear the colors around. I overcame this problem by placing a piece of tissue paper (the type for gifts, not the type for your nose) on top of the pastels before I started crunching. That way, the card does not rub against itself and accidentally transfer color to where you don't want it.

HHC
02-28-2011, 11:49 PM
Art101, I noticed that too. Using tissue paper is a great tip!

mrubyjean
03-01-2011, 12:16 AM
Tissue paper before crunching...great idea, Art101! The smearing was driving me crazy, so I ended up touching up the pastels a bit after inking and ironing, then ironing again. Next time, I use tissue!

I used non-waterproof India ink...worked well. And also, several colors (Terra Cotta, Java and Eucalyptus) of Walnut Ink...I had to apply the walnut ink a couple of times to really get it to fill in all the creases.

Gorgeous cards, Jan, Carlah, SOTO and ShayNOLA!

Helene
03-01-2011, 12:47 AM
I love everybody's cards posted! They all have their own personality and such different styles...the various results are fascinating to me! Such a fun technique!!

andyaly
03-01-2011, 01:09 AM
I've done a few cards, so here they are:
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/5639/small/1_Pastel___Ink_5.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/5639/small/1_Pastel___Ink_4.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/5639/small/1_Pastel___Ink_2.jpghttp://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/5639/small/1_Pastel___Ink_1.jpg
I used Stampin Up classic ink refills, and just painted the ink on. It seems to have bled into the pastel quite a bit, so I think I'll try the diluted ink idea (thanks for that, Art101!). I also love the tissue paper idea!
I'm really enjoying seeing what everyone's come up with so far--such fun!

andyaly
03-01-2011, 01:11 AM
Oops! One more....I thought I included it:
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/5639/small/1_Pastel___Ink_3.jpg

mrubyjean
03-01-2011, 03:09 AM
Andyaly ~ I love your faces...and your flowers are beautiful!

AmericanHwyFlower
03-01-2011, 03:16 AM
i am so sorry, but i need to withdraw from this swap. Thank you.

Helene
03-01-2011, 03:31 AM
Andyaly ~ I love your faces...and your flowers are beautiful!
I agree!!! Ditto!

Joss
03-01-2011, 06:55 AM
What a lot of activity while I was wasting time sleeping! LOL

The whole idea is for the ink to bleed into the pastles, so don't be alarmed when this happens. I think you are all playing so nicely and getting so many fun ideas going with so many novel ways of doing this technique and look how different they all come out?

I use Windsor&Newton inks and never dilute them or use tissue paper...but the more ways you try- the better the results you will get.

A BIG THANKS to you all for having so much fun, amd sharing your ideas with us.

Joss
03-01-2011, 07:01 AM
andyaly your cards totally ROCK!

I am so sorry to see you go AmericanHwyFlower, but I understand completely.

Evalila
03-01-2011, 03:04 PM
Oh my, great cards so far!!!

Here are my next two, Black Bird and Nautilus Shell:

mrubyjean
03-01-2011, 03:09 PM
Cool ones, Evalila!

shayNOLA
03-01-2011, 06:18 PM
Here's a couple using the liquid ink. Man is this turning out to be a major learning lesson. I'm loving it, though! OK, so I accidentally bought permanent ink. Then scrunched the paper BEFORE I read Art101's tip about the tissue (GOOD TIP 101). I now know NOT to let the PERMANENT ink dry too much. I find it works best if I rub it in with a napkin and then wash it off.
Also, I framed all of them with a black card stock. I really like the effect. I hope anything goes with what we do to the ATC to perk it up. I added white and micron pens and even used a red marker to brighten my sun. Is that acceptable? I'll attached 3 finished ones, but i have about 6 more pending.
Joss, you'll have final say on which ones will be included in the swap... and of course your favorite for your gift for being such a sweet hostess!! :)
Andyaly and Evalila, your cards look awesome. Your wrinkles are waaay cool! (Hummm... this might be the only time I can say that).
~Shay

teale
03-01-2011, 06:38 PM
Please sign me up! .....alrighty then.....let's see if 'the challenged' can follow these directions for this technique!!! ;-)

Joss
03-01-2011, 06:44 PM
Yay teale you are very welcome!

Hey Shay, I LOVE the way you are pushing the boundaries with pens and colour, way to go!!

teale
03-01-2011, 06:46 PM
WOW - these cards are sooooo cool! Good job!

shayNOLA
03-01-2011, 07:07 PM
So glad you approve, Joss. I was worried I was pushing the limits. ~Shay


Yay teale you are very welcome!

Hey Shay, I LOVE the way you are pushing the boundaries with pens and colour, way to go!!

mrubyjean
03-01-2011, 07:40 PM
Gorgeous cards, shay!

shayNOLA
03-01-2011, 10:08 PM
Thanks, mrubyjean! By the way, did I mention how much I LOVE my book marker from you?

mrubyjean
03-01-2011, 10:16 PM
Yes...so glad you liked it! :cute:

shayNOLA
03-01-2011, 10:38 PM
Here's a few more... lol! Can you tell I was off today? All are adhered to black card stock for frame effect, except the heart... it's on white.

Helene
03-02-2011, 12:37 AM
Wow...Shay...they're fantastic!

Joss
03-02-2011, 07:45 AM
Shay these are truly fabuloso. You have really mastered this technique perfectly. Anyone need some tips, please pm our guru, Shay!

HHC
03-02-2011, 01:26 PM
Shay, you are you outlining after the final steps of the technique?

shayNOLA
03-02-2011, 03:29 PM
:) I think Joss was joking when she said I was a guru and could answer questions!!
I actually have a couple of her ATCs using this technique and I can't tell you how many times I look at it to try and figure out how get her same effect.

To answer your question, I do outline after the inking process. I use micron pens which can sometimes 'catch' on the pastel, but I just clean the tip off and start again. I really like using the white opaque pen, too. You can see it in the mountains and the red flower ATCs. It adds a nice POP. In the mountain ATC, I also used an acid free red marker to brighten the sun.

~Shay



Shay, you are you outlining after the final steps of the technique?

Evalila
03-03-2011, 08:19 AM
My cards are on their way :)

Joss
03-03-2011, 09:45 AM
Yay thanks Evalila. I am sure they will hop across to me really soon.

Joss
03-03-2011, 12:59 PM
Alana and Carla's cards arrived today and they are all fabulous. Much much better in 'real' life. The returns are going to be fantastic!

ruthe
03-03-2011, 04:49 PM
Sounds like a great technique. If there is still room, I would like to join.

shayNOLA
03-03-2011, 05:09 PM
Joss, here are the remaining from which to choose. I might have to split in two posts because of limit.
~Shay

shayNOLA
03-03-2011, 05:12 PM
Last one! Ignore the first post I did with the flowers. I have since 'perked' them up a bit. :)
Choose away... any four.
~Shay

Joss
03-03-2011, 06:36 PM
Of course there is room for you ruthe, welcome.

Shay, you are being soooo cruel, asking me to choose.....I love them all.......

mrubyjean
03-03-2011, 08:48 PM
I mailed my cards today.

Joss
03-04-2011, 06:46 AM
Thanks for playing, I can't wait to see them.

shayNOLA
03-04-2011, 11:52 AM
Well.... the way I look at it, it's your fault!! You're the one who got me hooked on this darn, addictive technique!:jiggy:
~Shay


Of course there is room for you ruthe, welcome.

Shay, you are being soooo cruel, asking me to choose.....I love them all.......

Joss
03-04-2011, 12:25 PM
I see they are all in your gallery now Shay, lookin' good!

Jan's cards arrived today and they are magical. Love the look of them. Thanks for playing in my swap Jan.

Donnacr
03-06-2011, 12:45 AM
joss - you will have to tell us when you have chosen which of Shay's cards she is sending so that the rest of us can pounce on the others!

shayNOLA
03-06-2011, 01:03 AM
Joss, I mailed them today! Donnacr, here are the ones I sent...
I'm off on Tuesday and can't wait to make more!!
~Shay

andyaly
03-06-2011, 01:54 AM
*Gasp!* Shay, those are fabulous....I especially love the mountains!

Joss
03-06-2011, 05:55 AM
Yes they are all gaspingly beeoootiful Shay.
Go get 'em girls!

shayNOLA
03-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the lovely compliment!! The Mountains are my favorite, too!
~Shay


*Gasp!* Shay, those are fabulous....I especially love the mountains!

Spirit Soul
03-06-2011, 08:34 PM
Well, here are my swap cards. I love the technique and will post the leftovers next. Thanks, Joss, for challenging us to try something new.
My findings (I know others had better results):
*ink pads worked the best; alcohol inks were a disaster, India ink soaked in too much
*I had no luck outlining with a micron pen, but colored pencils worked well for outlining and touchups.
*I ironed the cards using a vintage book page on the top and got some cool background paper when the pastels soaked into it.
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GoldenWolf
03-06-2011, 08:38 PM
Love the cardinal, Spirit Soul and thanks for the tips! What type of ink pads did you use BTW?

Spirit Soul
03-06-2011, 08:47 PM
Here are others I made. I couldn't resist and had two play sessions with this technique, maybe more will follow....

One question -- Is anyone sealing their cards with Modge Podge or gel medium? I was wondering if I should.

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Spirit Soul
03-06-2011, 08:50 PM
Thanks! I liked the way distress ink pads worked the best, but I also used dye and pigment ink pads. All seemed to be fine for me.

HHC
03-07-2011, 01:16 AM
Spirit Soul, I haven't tried distress inks. Will do that next. I did not have luck outlining either... in fact ruined one I quite liked. I need to remember sometimes to leave well enough alone. :)

Helene
03-07-2011, 03:26 AM
Thanks! I liked the way distress ink pads worked the best, but I also used dye and pigment ink pads. All seemed to be fine for me.
I have sealed some and left others alone, depending on the style. I like both effects.

Joss
03-07-2011, 06:20 AM
Spirit Soul they are all such a huge success. Isn't it an amazing technique? And so easy, and you never know what it will look like when you are finished. I never ever thought of using the newspaper print-with pastel squidges left on it as background paper, what a brilliant idea. Thanks. I have never mod podged mine, will try that next time. Thanks sooo much for playing in my swap.

mrubyjean
03-07-2011, 04:09 PM
I did not seal mine because I like the texture of the inked pastel paper and didn't wanted to lose that velvety feeling.

Spirit Soul
03-07-2011, 05:45 PM
Joss, my cards are on the way. I did end up using a light coat of Modge Podge (AFTER I read your comment, of course, mrubyjean...) because I feel better protecting them from smudges and stains. They look fine. But it is very neat how this technique even makes the paper feel like cloth.

Joss
03-08-2011, 05:34 AM
Can't wait to see them and the effect of the mod podge. I bet they will look grand!

Art101
03-08-2011, 06:56 AM
Just a little warning, I've found that Mod Podge sometimes doesn't completely lose its tackiness. (That could be because of our humidity.) I use it for fun projects with the kiddos, but I'd not use it on anything that I wanted to last for many years.

Aime
03-08-2011, 11:15 AM
Is there enough room for me to join? If there is sign me up!

Joss
03-08-2011, 01:55 PM
Yahooo of course there is room. welcome Aime. One more place and we're full!!
mrubyjean's cards are here now and they are fabulous, love the variety of colours and images Martha.
All the cards I am getting smell so fabulous from the pastels and inks (walnut).

mrubyjean
03-08-2011, 02:02 PM
Thanks, Joss ~ so glad they arrived safely!

beeps
03-08-2011, 02:27 PM
joss give me your last spot! i'm gonna try this. was wondering about using paints instead of ink. will give it a try i think it might work :)

Joss
03-08-2011, 02:31 PM
Yahoooo my beeps is in da house! Welcome! My swap is full yahooo.

Helene
03-09-2011, 12:03 AM
I finally made it to the post office!! This afternoon...they'll be flying over the ocean soon!

Joss
03-09-2011, 04:16 PM
Yay Helene, am waiting for them impatiently!

Shay and Janet's cards arrived today and they are (all) superb. Thanks so much for experimenting and enjoying this swap both of you.

Joss
03-10-2011, 08:01 AM
Joytotheblog is withdrawing,sorry to see you go Joy.
Welcome to Jamie Lynn who is on the waiting list. Yay we are still FULL!

Joss
03-10-2011, 12:32 PM
Pauline's cards arrived today and they are great. I love the colours. Thanks so much for playing in my swap P.

Joss
03-11-2011, 12:15 PM
Art101's cards arrived today and they are great.Thanks for playing in my swap Art.

beeps
03-11-2011, 04:02 PM
i made some.. .need to iron them! we'll see how this works out. i used watercolor paint for the "ink" and it worked out it seems.

Joss
03-11-2011, 05:15 PM
Thanks Jamie Lynn.

Aha that should be interesting beeps, can't wait to see the results.

Joss
03-12-2011, 05:35 PM
Yay thanks Laura, I look forward to seeing them here in London. Thanks for playing.

bridgetgethins
03-13-2011, 12:44 AM
Joss,
Dang, I wish I was in but may I be placed on the waiting list? What fun.
Peace,
Bridget

Joss
03-13-2011, 02:13 PM
Of course bridget, you are numero uno!

Joss
03-15-2011, 04:48 PM
I got fantabulous cards from Spirit Soul today. Thanks Terry I love them all.

Joss
03-16-2011, 05:59 PM
Helene's cards arrived today and they are superb. Thanks soo much for playing in my swap friend.

beeps
03-16-2011, 08:19 PM
here are some cards i did... humm. not sure about these. i should have colored the whole thing and not just part. i think they are dark. i do like some of them

i havent trimmed them down. going to do that now. that is why they look like a mess on here :)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e54/baypuppy/SCAN0030-1.jpg

Spirit Soul
03-16-2011, 10:07 PM
I just HAD to try a few more. Everyone's cards are turning out wonderfully. Can't wait for the returns!
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theweavershand
03-17-2011, 12:28 AM
Terry, those are fabulous! the swan especially! wow!

beeps
03-17-2011, 08:04 AM
how do you keep the pastels from mixing together when you crumple them? the first ones i did when i crumpled them the colors mixed together, esp the darks getting into the lights.

beeps
03-17-2011, 08:10 AM
(sorry for double post)

i think mine are wrong. i think the watercolor paint made them too dark. the other cards are brighter. i'm going to try again and use an ink pad to color them.

i have the cards finished (trimmed and mounted) from my earlier post - if anyone is interested let me know

Spirit Soul
03-17-2011, 08:53 AM
Beeps, earlier someone suggested covering the card with tissue paper before crumpling to prevent the smearing of colors. It seems to work very well that way.

beeps
03-17-2011, 10:12 AM
aww, good idea. i must have missed that part of the thread :)

Joss
03-17-2011, 12:26 PM
Wow terry, they are magical, please make some more swans for trading, I would love to have one too.

Beeps, once they are trimmed they will be fine- I think you covered them with watercolours and not ink...did you?

I got cards from Jamie Lynn today and they are fabulous. Thanks for playing Jamie.

beeps
03-17-2011, 12:36 PM
yup, watercolors. i mixed them dark and washed/blotted. the colors got in the cracks well and the wet doesn't stick to the oil sticks. i trimmed them last night - will post picks tonight i hope. my favorite is the face. waa!

Joss
03-18-2011, 12:40 PM
Got such wonderful and unusual cards today from Laura D. Thanks for playing in my new swap. The returns are going to be awesome!

ruthe
03-18-2011, 01:12 PM
Spirit soul,
I love your cards!
-Ruth

theweavershand
03-20-2011, 04:48 PM
here are mine. really fun technique once you get the hang of it. i hope these are suitable.

Charlie Brown
03-20-2011, 05:46 PM
Getting my swaps mixed up! I just posted this in the wrong swap thread earlier, but here they are now. I'm just trying to figure out which to send...
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=67172

Joss
03-20-2011, 06:14 PM
Amy, yours are fabulous, I love the white lines, gives something extra to them. Thanks for playing.
And, Charlie I love yours, what a great set of cards, can't wait to see which ones you choose to send. Yay!

mxer145
03-21-2011, 07:38 AM
All these cards are fantastic!! Can't wait to receive!
I sent my cards too.

teale
03-21-2011, 08:52 AM
Mixer145 - those are excellent! HOW did you get the colors so true? I had a bit of a struggle w/this technique (finding right paper, pastels blurring) so kept the designs REAL simple! hee hee

Cat's Cradle
03-21-2011, 09:58 AM
Jossy Bear, I need to withdraw. I have too much on my plate at the moment and this just isn't speaking to my muse at all. :(

Joss
03-21-2011, 02:11 PM
Fabulous cards from mxer145 and teale...this is what I love about this swap, all the cards come out so differently, and all are special. Thanks for showing us.

I got wonderful cards from bitsysal49 today too, thanks for playing in my swap Phyllis.

I totally understand catscardle, thanks for letting me know.

beeps
03-21-2011, 02:25 PM
teale i like your gold card - not the sun one (although it is nice too!) but the second one. love the color there.

actually could use some sun. was nice over the weekend - in the 60s F - but then woke up to snow-rain today. :( had about an inch of slush outside. GRR.

i'll try to remember to scan when i get home and get these in the mail! i like mine now that they are trimmed and tidy!

theweavershand
03-21-2011, 02:52 PM
great cards! mxer145, i esp love the black/white/red combination! very striking!

ruthe
03-22-2011, 12:21 AM
Joss,
Can I have your address? My cards are ready to mail.
Thanks,
Ruth

mrubyjean
03-22-2011, 03:39 AM
I love the variety of cards!!
mxer145 ~ I especially love your cards...wonderfully moody!

ruthe
03-22-2011, 12:52 PM
Joss,
Thanks for your address. My cards are on their way.

mrubyjean
03-22-2011, 01:54 PM
Nice, ruthe...especially the sun!

Joss
03-22-2011, 02:01 PM
WOW ruthe, they are fabulous. So glad you played in my swap!

shayNOLA
03-22-2011, 02:17 PM
WOW, is right! Ruthe, they are so BOLD. I especially love the leaves!!

theweavershand
03-22-2011, 02:43 PM
those are awesome, ruthe! love the apple!

beeps
03-23-2011, 02:06 PM
love it ruthe! love the leaves - great colors!

ruthe
03-23-2011, 04:29 PM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments!

Helene
03-24-2011, 02:33 AM
Ruthe!! Those leaves are AWESOME!! Such intensity! Great job!

beeps
03-24-2011, 11:52 AM
my cards were mailed out today (finally!) lol

Joss
03-24-2011, 12:12 PM
Yay thanks beeps.

There is just over 3 weeks left, so I will pm the people whose cards aren't done yet. I am looking forward to sorting through these cards and sending the returns, you are all going to love them I am sure.

HHC
03-24-2011, 12:15 PM
Mine will be in the mail by Friday, Joss! :)

Joss
03-24-2011, 12:38 PM
Yay thanks Helen. You rock!

andyaly
03-24-2011, 10:28 PM
Mine will be on their way tomorrow, Joss! I'm glad you messaged me; I needed a gentle nudge to get them finished up! :rolleyes:

HHC
03-24-2011, 11:57 PM
Here are my cards... they will be off to you tomorrow, Joss. :)
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/400/small/1_Oil_Pastel___Ink_Swap.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=216580)

Joss
03-25-2011, 06:15 AM
Helen these are beauts! Can't wait to see them.
Thanks andyaly, so glad you remembered.

Helene
03-25-2011, 12:54 PM
Helen...that hummingbird is soooo delicioso!!!! Love it!

jazzie
03-25-2011, 04:18 PM
My first try at this - I didn't really want to handle or keep track of a lot of little pieces during the process so I did them on a full sheet of printer paper. Hated what they looked like in th oil pastel phase but like a few of them now that the ink wash has been applied - I used some bottled ink jet printer ink. I may try another one later on today.

Joss
03-25-2011, 06:57 PM
Some good results there- you could cut them out in pieces or strips and paste them on to cards, probably make a wonderful effect, like an abstract collage or cubism. LOL should be fun, think I may try that next time.

andyaly
03-25-2011, 06:59 PM
What a great idea, jazzie! I think I will try that, too if I do some more of these.

jazzie
03-25-2011, 07:11 PM
Thanks girlies - my second one is drying now I made such a mess with the first one when I did the rinsing of the ink step that I'm going to skip it this time and see what the iron does. From your description/instructions Joss, I think my printer paper must be much thicker than yours is, because it's not delicate at all - so I'm now searching for thinner paper.

I definitely like the outcome of this technique and can see working on larger pieces if I did it again because I find oil pastels so clunky to use on the ATC size platform - I'm very uncoordinated!