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kat
01-13-2012, 06:20 PM
Swap Due Date: March 14th
Signup/Withdraw Date: February 29th
Number of Cards: 3:3
Number of Participants: 24


Challenge
Hand-Drawn or Hand-Painted Big Blue Marble Swap
Due March 14th



http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/786/small/1_big_blue2.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/786/small/1_big_blue1.jpg

Hand-drawn or hand-painted cards should focus on the planet Earth as seen from space, the Big Blue Marble.
I created my examples by using (in order) watercolor, pen, marker, & white gel pen. You can try that combination or any other HD/HP technique(s) that suit your style.
Your art should be original. (See examples.)
No collages, stamps, stickers, or photocopies.

The requirements: the standard 2.5X3.5 inch size inside an ATC sleeve.

On the back of your cards, please write
your user name
real name
swap name
place of origin
alternative contact information (optional)

HELP ME!!!Please put your user name on everything, especially the back of your envelopes & cards, to help avoid confusion.

Please put all cards in card protectors.

US participants, please enclose a SASE (64 cents) with your cards (and some extra postage if you made very bulky cards or are sending an oversized envelope for returns).

International participants, please enclose a self addressed envelope.
I will cover your postage.

An extra card would be appreciated, but is not required. Late cards will be returned.

When you are ready to send your cards, PM me for my address.

Don’t hesitate to PM me if you have questions.

1. kat
2. Iridescent888
3. jiliyan
4. Joss
5. chatty
6. meredithu
7. rebecca410
8. hazardgal
9. SunTrade
10. Art101
11. SharonPMartin
12. lea67000
13. avarenity
14. malufean76
15.
16.

Iridescent888
01-13-2012, 06:43 PM
I collect marbles and a big blue earth one would be fun...sign me up please!

kat
01-13-2012, 07:11 PM
Welcome, Iridescent888!

Evalila
01-14-2012, 03:13 AM
***Lurking***

Great theme!

Joss
01-14-2012, 05:37 PM
I love the examples that you show here, so have to give this one a try! Me too please.

kat
01-14-2012, 07:28 PM
jiliyan & Joss -- Welcome!

kat
01-14-2012, 08:02 PM
Here's my third:
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/786/small/1_big_blue3.jpg

Iridescent888
01-14-2012, 08:38 PM
Oh that gives me a round blue direction ! Thanks

standnngrace
01-14-2012, 09:03 PM
Lurking trying to make the cards before I commit

kat
01-14-2012, 09:30 PM
Valerie -- Hope you join us.

chatty
01-15-2012, 09:23 PM
Ohhhhhhh, this looks like fun! Count me in...

meredithu
01-16-2012, 02:05 AM
Sounds great! Sign me up, please. I love this idea!!

kat
01-16-2012, 07:07 AM
Welcome, chatty & meredithu!

rebecca410
01-19-2012, 04:21 AM
Sounds great!! sign me up.

kat
01-19-2012, 07:22 AM
Welcome, rebecca410!

kat
01-19-2012, 07:56 AM
Apparently, Big Blue isn't always blue:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/786/small/1_big_blue-5.jpg

hazardgal
01-19-2012, 11:46 AM
Let me throw my hat in! Please sign me up:)

kat
01-19-2012, 11:50 AM
Welcome, hazardgal!

Iridescent888
01-19-2012, 03:34 PM
Beautiful Kat...!

SunTrade
01-19-2012, 11:50 PM
Did you say space? COUNT ME IN!

kat
01-20-2012, 07:10 AM
Welcome, SunTrade!

hazardgal
01-21-2012, 07:54 PM
Ready for your addy:) Will try to send pics of these tomorrow. Peace.

Joss
01-22-2012, 06:57 AM
kat -love your 'blue' orange marble!

kat
01-22-2012, 11:38 AM
hazardgal -- PMed you my addy.

Joss -- Thanks :)

Here's one using watercolor pencils:
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/786/small/1_big_blue-8.jpg

hazardgal
01-22-2012, 01:14 PM
Small world. These will be in the mail on Monday:) Peace.

SunTrade
01-22-2012, 05:36 PM
Love your cards hazargal!

Iridescent888
01-22-2012, 09:24 PM
Love em hazard gal!

Art101
01-23-2012, 06:32 AM
Heads up, the US postal rates have increased (as of today), so the new postage will be 45 cents for the 1st oz and 20 cents for the 2nd oz. Thus, 65 cents now.

Meanwhile, add me on please to this swap.

kat
01-23-2012, 07:04 AM
Thanks for the update on postage & welcome to the swap.

SunTrade
01-23-2012, 01:49 PM
Yeah, I stock up on forever stamps last week!

Iridescent888
01-23-2012, 04:00 PM
Postage is up....I forgot...wonder how much a book of stamps is now.

kat
01-23-2012, 07:31 PM
Too much!

SharonPMartin
01-24-2012, 03:36 PM
Can I join in?

Iridescent888
01-24-2012, 03:42 PM
Hazard gal did I mention your big blues are awesome...

kat
01-24-2012, 08:07 PM
Welcome, SharonPMartin!

kat
01-25-2012, 06:12 PM
hazardgal -- Your wonderful cards are here. Thanks for the extra!

SunTrade
01-25-2012, 07:50 PM
Hope is OK I post a link for the latest beautiful picture NASA took of the earth. Is amazing!

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/01/25/nasa-releases-new-super-high-res-shot-of-earth/

kat
01-25-2012, 09:37 PM
Thanks, SunTrade!!

Iridescent888
01-26-2012, 09:00 AM
That Pic is something else Sun trade...how tiny I feel this morn

SunTrade
01-26-2012, 01:21 PM
I found it stunning, so I wanted to share ... sometimes I wonder how the feeling must be for the astronauts to look back at this rock from space. It most be a breathtaking moment!

Iridescent888
01-26-2012, 01:51 PM
I have mixed emotions at this time in my life...my 6 yr olds room done in astronauts but our space program is shut...just watched Apollo 18 ha...I have always been an astronomer at heart...so I will continue to spread the love like you sun trade and Kat...

I pray our earth looks like the picture you shared a million years into the future!

lea67000
01-26-2012, 02:30 PM
Ok sign me up before there's no more space left I like the theme so I'll try my best (I've never drawn the Earth before).

kat
01-26-2012, 04:37 PM
Welcome, lea67000!

meredithu
02-02-2012, 10:42 AM
My cards are going in the mail today, here they are, this was a really nice painting escape for me last night!

avarenity
02-02-2012, 11:00 AM
My first swap!

I'll sign up for this.

Oh wow I am so silly. I didn't read that the swap was closed. Oh well.

lea67000
02-02-2012, 11:19 AM
I've made 4 attempts and all are big failures, I guess the theme is just not for me so I'm going to let my spot to somebody else sorry for withdrawing.

SunTrade
02-02-2012, 12:58 PM
Meredithu those are great!

I have been pondering if to make these in oils or acrylics ... I have never made cards in acrylic. Any suggestions? Would they work OK?

kat
02-02-2012, 01:27 PM
Meredithu -- I look forward to seeing your cards in person.

lea67000 -- Thanks for letting us know.

avarenity -- this swap is still open.

meredithu
02-02-2012, 02:30 PM
Sun Trade- acrylics can be thinned just like watercolor if thats what you want to do!
I used watercolor because I used masking fluid to outline the earths in two if the cards. Oil pastel is nice too because it repels water and you get nice effects.

I dunno....play around and see what happens!

kat
02-02-2012, 03:21 PM
avarenity -- welcome!

SunTrade
02-02-2012, 06:21 PM
Sun Trade- acrylics can be thinned just like watercolor if thats what you want to do!
I used watercolor because I used masking fluid to outline the earths in two if the cards. Oil pastel is nice too because it repels water and you get nice effects.

I dunno....play around and see what happens!

Thanks! I will do that .... I have never been too good at oil pastels. I can master the chalk ones, but the oil ones and I do not agree much!:biglaugh:

Art101
02-02-2012, 10:20 PM
I have been pondering if to make these in oils or acrylics ... I have never made cards in acrylic. Any suggestions? Would they work OK?

There is a current thread on acrylics, join in there for hints!

acrylic thread (http://atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21675)

kat
02-03-2012, 02:11 PM
Pauline -- Your lovely cards arrived today! Thanks for the extra.

standnngrace
02-08-2012, 12:05 AM
still lurking =)

SunTrade
02-08-2012, 12:25 AM
Thanks ART101! I pretty much have the knowledge of it. I guess there are some mediums we can use well, and others leave me behind.

I tried these cards today in water mixable oils and I ended it throwing them away. I just did not like them.

I am not giving up yet, I will try them in a different medium ... see what I can come up with.

kat
02-08-2012, 08:43 AM
SunTrade -- I know what you mean. I've signed up for a 12-hour workshop in mixed media. Nearly every supply required is outside my comfort zone. The first class is this afternoon :swoon:

meredithu
02-08-2012, 09:38 AM
This is what I always told my students...."no fear, no failure" Sometimes you make mistakes and something really beautiful comes out of it, and then you are saying oh no- how do I recreate my mistake???

Enjoy your class!!!!!!

SunTrade
02-08-2012, 02:30 PM
kat sounds like a lot of fun! Please share what you learn!

Sometimes I take college credits in arts, so I am challenge...like merithu says is the only way to better ourselves!

kat
02-08-2012, 06:19 PM
It's going to be a challenge to share everything. Today we started with introductions, acrylics, various gel mediums, textures, composition priniciples, cultural/social themes, and everything else under the sun. My brain is full.

chatty
02-08-2012, 08:06 PM
Kat where did you signed up for this 12 hour mixed media class, sounds like fun...

kat
02-08-2012, 09:23 PM
Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art; artist/instructor -- Will Goodyear:
http://web.me.com/willgoodyear/newsite/CURRENT_WORK.html

chatty
02-08-2012, 09:38 PM
Hmm, Kat I'm not sure about these cards, if they don't qualify please let me know....

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/500/large/1_2012-225-ATC-BigBlueMarbleS.gif http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/500/large/1_2012-223-ATC-BigBlueMarbleS.gif http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/500/large/1_2012-224-ATC-BigBlueMarbleS.gif

chatty
02-08-2012, 10:08 PM
Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art; artist/instructor -- Will Goodyear:
http://web.me.com/willgoodyear/newsite/CURRENT_WORK.html

Oh WOW! It's amazing....I love it.

kat
02-09-2012, 01:05 PM
meredithu -- your cards arrived. Thanks for the extra!

SharonPMartin
02-10-2012, 06:36 PM
Here's Mine.

avarenity
02-11-2012, 11:48 AM
I've been drawing and drawing and I've hit the roof. I can't get anything good out. I shall be withdrawing from this swap until I get back into my art mood. So sorry.

I hope to join in a future swap with you lovely folk.

SunTrade
02-12-2012, 10:00 PM
avarenity don;t feel bad. These were actually a challenge! I made them twice in different mediums. I think these will work if you like them Kat!

They are a mixture of watercolor and pencil.

I call them North America, South America, Australia, and Japan.



http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/7294/bluemarbelsmall.jpg

kat
02-13-2012, 07:05 AM
They're super!

Iridescent888
02-13-2012, 08:57 AM
All these cards are so good And different ! Mine are finished too and I will try to get them up today.

kat
02-13-2012, 06:44 PM
rebecca410 --- your lovely cards are here.

malufean76
02-13-2012, 08:26 PM
Sign me in!!

kat
02-15-2012, 08:08 AM
chatty -- your cards arrived yesterday; I PMed you. Thanks for the long (dare I say "chatty" letter :)) and the extra stamps.

Welcome, malufean76!

chatty
02-15-2012, 07:32 PM
..giggle..could you tell I was fluster my friend..giggle..

Iridescent888
02-16-2012, 10:22 PM
:laugh:Here are my 4...all done at different times and turned out all 4 different color combos.
Fun swap I would have never drawn an Earth lol.

kat
02-17-2012, 06:12 PM
SunTrade -- your lovely marbles are here.

Joss
02-18-2012, 07:14 AM
I am 'blown away' at the wonderful art here- must get busy, now that the Val-a-thon is over.

Iridescent888
02-18-2012, 12:27 PM
Mine were mailed yesterday.

Joss
02-18-2012, 04:10 PM
Ta Da..here are mine. Different media for backgrounds, all 'marbles done with gesso, paper and watercolours, then some outlines with a black biro.
Thanks for such an unusual swap Kat, will send them this coming week.

SunTrade
02-19-2012, 11:52 PM
SunTrade -- your lovely marbles are here.

Thanks for letting me know! :D

kat
02-21-2012, 06:27 PM
Iridescent888 -- Your Big Blues arrived safely! Thanks for the extra.

Iridescent888
02-21-2012, 08:26 PM
Yeah!

malufean76
02-23-2012, 01:30 AM
Cards ready and in the mail...here some pics!

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=286502

kat
02-23-2012, 08:18 AM
Cool!

kat
02-24-2012, 08:45 AM
SharonPMartin -- your lovely cards are here! Thanks for the extra.

kat
02-24-2012, 05:54 PM
Joss -- Your Big Blues have safely crossed the pond!

Art101
02-24-2012, 07:25 PM
Here are my cards. All are watercolors and gouache (the white).

kat
02-24-2012, 07:43 PM
Way cool! I PMed you.

Art101
02-24-2012, 07:46 PM
Yikes Kat, I see your instructions ask for a SASE with 64 cent stamp. But the new postage rate will require an additional cent = 65 cents. You'll need to be careful when mailing out the returns that there is enough postage. Here is what I wrote in another thread:


Postal rates in the U.S. are increasing on Jan. 22, 2012.

SASE envelopes for swaps that have the returns mailed after Jan. 21 will need the extra postage (44 cents goes to 45 cents), plus 20 cents more if the envelope weighs above an ounce due to the number of cards enclosed.

And swappers, keep the new amounts in mind when you send stamps to international hosts (for their later use), because current stamps will only be worth enough until Jan. 21.

New First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 22, 2012:

Letters (1 oz.) 1-cent increase to 45 cents
Letters additional ounces unchanged at 20 cents
Postcards 3-cent increase to 32 cents
Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) 5-cent increase to 85 cents.
Letters to other international destinations 7-cent increase to $1.05

chatty
02-25-2012, 10:29 PM
Hmm, they way I understand it, my Postal Mistress said that the old stamps will be just fine because they are consider "FOREVER STAMPS" if you look on your stamps now there isn't a price on them. When they go up in price you can still use your old stamps without adding that penny to them. When you buy new stamps the price will be higher.

Art101
02-26-2012, 01:59 AM
Yeah, there's probably just a few of us that have old stamps left over. For example, I have a supply of 44 cent Hawaiian Rain Forest stamps because I like to use them for international mailings (or to those who collect stamps).

chatty
02-26-2012, 05:44 PM
..giggle..better keep it you have a collector item now ...giggle..

kat
03-01-2012, 12:45 PM
malufean76 -- Your cards have arrived!

kat
03-06-2012, 03:44 PM
Art101 -- your lovely cards have arrived. Thanks for the extra!

kat
03-10-2012, 08:36 AM
jiliyan -- your cards are here.

kat
03-12-2012, 10:43 AM
Since everyone got them here early ... Cards are postal!

meredithu
03-12-2012, 12:05 PM
Oh WOW!! Super cool, always nice for early returns!!!

hazardgal
03-15-2012, 07:57 AM
Tickled pink over returns from Iridescent 888, Art 101 and Chatty. Love the Kat print card very much. My world shines bright:) Peace on earth and goodwill towards all!

meredithu
03-15-2012, 04:19 PM
Thank you players and fabulous hostess!! Joss, hazardgal, Suntrade!! Kat thanks for hosting a really wonderful swap!

SunTrade
03-17-2012, 01:56 PM
Mine are here! They got here this week, but I was out of town. Leaving rocks and trader right now!

Joss
03-18-2012, 06:40 AM
My Big Blues rolled in yesterday. Thanks for hosting such an unusual swap. I loved it. And thanks for wonderful hostie card too kat. Off to leave itrader and reps right now!

chatty
03-19-2012, 04:04 PM
Ah me too, I came home to some beautiful cards everyone...thank you, now off to iTrader and Reps....

Art101
03-25-2012, 09:07 PM
Wonderful returns have arrived. Thanks to players: malufean76, hazardgal, and meredithu. Thanks also to Kat for being such a good hostess in this fun swap, and for the ATC! :)

Headed now to leave ITraders and REPs.