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02-25-2012, 01:10 PM
Awesome Pixel Art – Due 5 May 2012
Due Date – 5 May 2012
Withdraw Date – Any time, just let me know
Number of Cards – 3 for 3
Number of participants – 30
Medium – Open (please see notes below for some helpful guidelines)

I'm sure most of us can recall a time when our favorite video game characters looked something like this -

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRmFk_Y3CV7xutoWWC21KFgB7sBu7LT0 EuuDED9W3rki0DUYrFqPw http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/038/4/2/boo_sprite_tests_by_lythience-d391ajc.gif http://www.childofthe1980s.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/mario-sprite.jpg http://www.defunctgames.com/pic/bonuslevelslogo74-spaceinvaders.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Jv9MtPkktYc/TaZadWCpHgI/AAAAAAAAAKo/n2HueC84MRk/s400/Giant_8_bit_Link_sprite_1_by_dragonpjb.gif

I'm sure we all have fond memories of these games from our youth, but I also think that pixels can be a really interesting way of creating art. For this swap, participants will make three cards where the images will be made up of individual 'pixels' or squares.

There are a couple of ways of doing this

Drawing directly on the squared paper
Collaging with small square pieces of paper
Using a 3D medium designed for creating pixel art (HAMA or Perler beads, ect.)
Squared paper to print can be found here - http://www.papersnake.com/squared_paper/ (http://www.papersnake.com/squared_paper/)
Pixel-ized characters can be stuck onto solid or collaged background, so long as the main focal point of the card is created in pixel style. Here are a couple of examples created by myself of pixel ATCs.


Host cards are greatly appreciated but not required.


As I'm in the UK, I realize this can be a bit of a problem.

If you are based in the UK, please a self addressed envelope with the postage attached
If you are outwith the UK (I'm assuming the majority of players) please use one of the following options

Send UK postage if you have any available
Send UK currency, for regular thickness cards this usually comes to around 1.30, more if they are overly heavy
Send your own currency equal to this ammount (somehwere around $2 for those in the USA)
Have fun creating your cards, and please post pics to the thread so we can have a sneak preview. Thanks for looking :3

1. pixiecorpse
2. RoOskie
3. Mrs Ragbrutty
4. -Withdrawl-
5. Tilas
6. Donnacr
8. Tiggerfan1973

03-01-2012, 03:18 PM
Me me me! I'm totally in! Just got my sister some awesome xmas decs in pixel! Woop!

03-01-2012, 04:35 PM
Awesome, I'll sign you up :)

03-01-2012, 04:53 PM
Thank you! Just a quick question...as long as its pixelated can the picture be of anything or should it be gamer specific? :D

03-01-2012, 05:32 PM
No, you can create whatever you want!

03-01-2012, 06:50 PM
Yippee! Well I didn't mind either way but this means I can do anything :D

03-04-2012, 03:54 PM
heres my first one hopefully will get more players soon :D

03-04-2012, 06:37 PM
Oooh, awesome, love those teeth!

03-04-2012, 08:40 PM
Quick Question where exactly is Dracula's Fishtank?

03-05-2012, 02:16 AM
Ok....I'm totally in on this one! :) May I play please?

03-05-2012, 05:58 AM
RoOskie, great, I'll add you to the list.

Idolores, haha, I'm in Scotland, UK. Theres some info about postage at the bottom of the first post or feel free to drop me a PM if you have any questions :)

03-05-2012, 11:26 PM
Thanks babe! Cheers!

Mrs Ragbrutty
03-06-2012, 01:36 PM
Ha ha - I remember creating cartoons that way.
I'll have to join in.

03-06-2012, 03:32 PM
I'll add you to the list Mrs Ragbrutty :)

03-09-2012, 09:21 AM
If the postage information is a problem for people, I can accept paypal for anyone who would like to join but might struggle :)

03-14-2012, 05:44 PM
For inspiration, and also just because it's awesome, here's pixel art someone created with post-it notes - http://media.techeblog.com/images/sticky__.jpg

03-17-2012, 02:48 AM
Wow that is great! With post it notes too hehe I do love how some artists think!
I've done my second,just needs backing and then 2 more :D

03-20-2012, 07:51 PM
Sounds awesome, can't wait to see them :)

03-25-2012, 01:19 AM
Here are my cards. I'll also need an address...:)


03-25-2012, 03:25 AM
They are fantastic rooksie!!!!

03-25-2012, 04:23 AM
Thanks pixie!!!

03-25-2012, 04:59 AM
Your very welcome! And thank you for reminding me I still have 1 more to do :D and then mine can be on their way too :D and when I've deleted some of my pictures I can post them in my gallery woop!

03-25-2012, 05:45 AM
RoOskie, those are awesome!
I've PMed you my address :)

03-25-2012, 06:11 AM
Can I have it too please weare138 I have darth vader and a dragon done, just your hostie card to do then they can be on their way even though its not far :D

03-25-2012, 07:21 AM
Sure pixiecorpse, I've sent you a message. Those sound cool, can't wait to see them :3

03-25-2012, 07:32 AM
Thank you :D handy that hubby bought me some crazy gel pens last week! They are so much fun!

03-26-2012, 03:40 PM
just need to back my last one :D

03-26-2012, 04:55 PM
I am so in on this one! I adore pixel art - on the computer - and the idea of translating it to paper seems really fun.

It made me miss some of the digital pixel art I used to do though... I might have to start up again!

03-26-2012, 05:19 PM
I had 2 more done, a dalek and a moth like the one from silence of the lambs, the dalek looks better so I'm sending him too :D need to scan him tomorrow and then they can be on their way :D

03-26-2012, 05:50 PM
pixiecorpse, love that dragon!

Welcome Aidee. If you want to submit digital work that's fine, I'm keeping the options pretty much open for this swap :)

03-26-2012, 06:27 PM
pixie...love your dragon too! Darth is also awesome!

03-26-2012, 06:41 PM
Thank you both! They've been very fun to do :D

03-28-2012, 06:00 AM
Mine are on their way! :D

03-28-2012, 01:55 PM
Great, will be looking for them!

03-28-2012, 05:10 PM
I'd like to join please!

03-29-2012, 05:35 AM
Welcome Tilas, I'll add you!

03-30-2012, 05:27 PM
I have hundreds of cross-stitch patterns (which are basically pixel art already) - now I just have to choose which ones to use. Please sign me up

04-01-2012, 02:49 PM
Added you Donnacr, thanks for playing!

04-01-2012, 05:09 PM
Done! Pens bled a bit more then I'd like, but I think they're still ok. ^^;


04-01-2012, 05:28 PM
aww they are so cute Tilas!!!

04-03-2012, 11:41 AM
you set the bar high Tilas! Awesome art babe!

04-03-2012, 11:51 AM
Have mine arrived yet? o_O

04-05-2012, 04:43 AM
Beautiful cards Tilas!

Sorry guys, been away for a few days (I out a note up on the away/returning board), but I'm back at home. pixiecorpse, yours were waiting for me when I got back

steampunk1234, I'll add you!

04-05-2012, 05:16 AM
Yippee! And I hope you had a nice few days away! I thought that might have been the case but was far tooo lazy to check :D

04-05-2012, 02:28 PM
I did thanks, was at a horror film festival, was awesome :)

RoOskie, yours are here. Thanks for playing, they're great!

04-05-2012, 02:43 PM
Ooh I bet! Have you thought about going to 2point8 the zombie run thing? Think they're doing one in glasgow or edinburgh, could be wrong though, my sis went to the one in leeds last halloween she said it was awesome! And for how little and round she is I was impressed she didn't get zombied!

04-05-2012, 03:58 PM
It's on tonight in Glasgow, a few of my friends are going but I couldn't make it. I'll definitely be going when it comes around net though, looked awesome!

04-05-2012, 05:06 PM
Awww that's a shame! And I've got amazing timing hehe

04-11-2012, 10:01 AM
My cards are finished and ready to mail - are you still in Busby?
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/2_scan0013.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/8_scan0014.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/8_scan0015.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3190/small/6_scan0016.jpg

The 70's card is sort of a self portrait as my hair has regrown in that style after my chemo - that's why I drew it as a redhead:D

04-11-2012, 10:36 AM
They are very cool donnacr!!!
And I love the hair! :D

04-13-2012, 12:37 PM
Donnacr, I love your cards! Yes, I'm still at the same place

04-13-2012, 11:54 PM
I would love to join this swap!

04-15-2012, 08:06 AM
Tiggerfan1973, I'll add you. Welcome!

04-15-2012, 12:59 PM
I will PMing you for the address to send the ATCs.

The ones I made are attached.

04-15-2012, 06:21 PM
Tiggerfan1973, love them!

04-16-2012, 05:53 PM
Theyre fantastic Tiggerfan!!!

04-16-2012, 06:07 PM
Tiggerfan1973, love them!

Theyre fantastic Tiggerfan!!!

Thank you.:cute:

04-17-2012, 03:48 PM
Mine went in the mail today.

04-18-2012, 08:02 AM
Great, I'll look out for them :)

Mrs Ragbrutty
04-18-2012, 12:10 PM
Donnacr - your cards look very much like xstitch. :cool:

I have made 3 cards, one of which I am very pleased with. It has given me an idea for others so I may do some more.

04-19-2012, 11:26 AM
Sounds cool Mrs Ragbrutty :)

04-19-2012, 11:28 AM
Donnacr, I have yours. They're awesome :)

04-28-2012, 04:48 PM
Sorry, I'm going to withdraw from this one. I don't think cards I make this weekend or Monday would get to the UK in time.

04-29-2012, 06:27 AM
I can hold off for a few days, I believe I can take up to two weeks to wait for any cards that might have been delayed. I'll take you off the list though, but if you do want to get back in, just drop me a PM :3

Mrs Ragbrutty
04-29-2012, 12:25 PM
My cards have put themselves in the postbox today. Knowing Royal Mail, they'll go on vacation or a world cruise. Hopefully be back in time for Christsmas. :yes:

04-29-2012, 12:42 PM
Mrs Ragbrutty they've probably been taken on a road trip with some of mine hehe

05-01-2012, 08:48 AM
Mrs Ragbrutty and Tilas, I have yours. Love them :)

05-02-2012, 03:11 AM
My cards are finished and will be in the post today, I decided on cactus as my theme,
they should be with you before the 5th.
Could I have your address please.
Ohh and can I join please..hehehee

05-02-2012, 04:00 AM
Those are great Gerry!!!!

05-03-2012, 10:05 AM
gerry - I will have to 'borrow' some of those cactus patterns to keep in reserve for the next time xstitcher wants a cactus card :D they are great!

05-03-2012, 10:16 PM
So, quick update. I have Gerrys cards, which means I have everyone's I was waiting for. They'll be posted out tomorrow, so UK participants should have theirs in the next few days, and a little longer for my internationals. Thanks for playing everyone, I'll get everyone's itrader out over the weekend too :)

05-04-2012, 03:43 AM
Yippee!!!! Swap day!!! :D

05-04-2012, 04:46 PM
gerry - I will have to 'borrow' some of those cactus patterns to keep in reserve for the next time xstitcher wants a cactus card :D they are great!

I will send you a copy of them next time I send you something Donna. :) I am always on the lookout for small cactus for Xstitcher.:)

05-04-2012, 04:47 PM
yayyy happy they arrived on time, looking forward to seeing my returns :)

05-05-2012, 05:44 AM
Everyone should now have their itrader, and the returns are in the post. Massive thanks everyone, it's been a pretty small swap but a lot of fun to host and see all the great artwork in person!
Hope some of you will join me for future swaps, you've been great!

05-05-2012, 08:06 AM
Yay thank you for hosting! And I can't wait for my returns! I don't know what I'm going to do with myslef with 2days no post! I don't like bank holidays :dull:

05-05-2012, 09:18 AM
Woohoo! I can't wait for my returns to get here.

05-05-2012, 02:33 PM
I totally forgot about the bank holidays, I work them all anyways!

05-09-2012, 05:47 AM
Yay! I got mail! Woop! Thank you so much for hosting an awesome swap weare138 :D
And thank you donnacr for poincetta! Tiggerfan1973 for the hairbow! And to Tilas for the purple pony!
They are all fantastic! Thank you!!!!
To rep and itraders :D

Mrs Ragbrutty
05-09-2012, 01:07 PM
My cards arrived today as well. Thank you to Rooksie, Tigerfan and tilas for your cards and thank you to WeAre138 for hosting this swap.

05-11-2012, 07:40 AM
My cards arrived, thanks to Pixiecorpse, Tiggerfan1973 & Donnacr for great cards.
Also thanks to Cara for Hosting

05-13-2012, 01:02 AM
I received my cards in today's mail. Thank you WeAre138 for hosting. Thank you mrs_ragbrutty for the cupcake, Gerry for Cactus 2, and donnacr for the 70's card. They are all awesome. I will post iTrader and You Rocks in the morning. it is late right now.

06-06-2012, 08:31 AM
My wonderful cards were waiting for me when I returned from holidays from: mrs Ragbrutty, tilas and roOskie

thanks to weAre138 for a fantastic idea for a fun swap