View Full Version : Nick Bantock Mixed Media Swap -- Due May 19th

03-11-2012, 09:31 PM
Swap Due Date: May 19
Sign up/Withdraw date: none, just communicate (if there is a wait list try to leave enough time for others to complete and send cards.)
Number of Cards: 3 for 3
Number of Participants: 12 (It's my first swap!)

Nick Bantock Mixed Media Swap, Due May 19

Make your cards in the style of Nick Bantock. If you are not familiar with his work please see this website: www.nickbantock.com (http://www.nickbantock.com/)

It's pretty difficult to define his style. Some of his art has bright colors, some has muted tones with a interesting central figure. Much of it has some type of postage. I think the most important part is many layers that work to create off beat, but fantastic whole.

There was a swap like this several years ago and the art was fantastic. http://www.atcsforall.com/swap41.php

The Basics:

Cards should be 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

Please keep cards relatively flat.

Cards should be sent in individual plastic sleeves.

Please include your username on the back of your cards.

Submit only cards you yourself would be pleased to receive.

U.S. Participants, please send a self addressed stamped envelope with your cards.

International Participants, please send $1 US or US postage if possible. If not I will cover your postage. Do include a large label with your address on it.

Please PM me for my address when you need it.
So who wants to play?
1. mariloupatch Received!
2. CynthisSillitoe Received!
3. SarahRuth Withdrawn
4. WildGoose Received!
5. Sophie's mom Received!
6. SimmoReceived!
7. lindalaelm Received!
8. poeticpaper Received!
9. anne Received!
10.lilywaters Received!
11.goatgirl Received!
12.Aime Withdrawn

Waiting List
1. JanisElain
2.outbackdaisy Received!
3. Katiegirl

03-12-2012, 03:15 AM
Please sign me up, and good luck with your first swap.

03-12-2012, 09:44 AM
Yipee! Welcome, Mariloupatch!

03-12-2012, 01:50 PM
I'd love to play!

03-12-2012, 02:52 PM
All right! Glad to have you, Cynthia!

03-13-2012, 04:56 PM
lurking. . .

03-13-2012, 10:11 PM
Great! Welcome, SarahRuth.

Lurk away, goatgirl! But I hope you can join us.

03-14-2012, 01:28 AM
Great theme to have picked, KathyD!
Just got his "The Museum at Purgatory" out of the library...love his work!
Time to get lost in those MM layers--Please sign me up!

Sophie's mom
03-14-2012, 09:21 AM
I'd like to try, sign me up please!

03-14-2012, 09:43 AM
WildGoose, not fair! My library only has the Griffin and Sabine series. I guess that means I have to buy it :D Welcome!

Sophie's mom, glad to have you!

Sophie's mom
03-15-2012, 07:28 AM
Well, I had some free time yesterday and made my cards, I love this style! I had never heard of Nick Bantock before:wideeyed: Thanks for running such a fun swap. I can't post any more pics until I clear out the old ones, I'm full to capacity :no:(will try to work on that over the next few days). Please send me your address in the meantime and thanks again for hosting.

03-15-2012, 11:01 AM
Wow! Way to go Sophie's mom. You know, when you signed up I peaked in your gallery and thought that this would be right up your alley. I'm glad I could introduce you to Mr. Bantock.

I had a bit of time to work on mine last night, new inks, a new public domain book of images and . . . my copier was broken. Oh, I was fuming. It was not pretty. Now I have a fun afternoon of chatting with customer service ahead of me. Que sera. . .

03-16-2012, 03:49 PM
Welcome, Simmo! I can't wait to see what you create!

Sophie's mom
03-16-2012, 07:20 PM
Wow Kathy, what a bummer about the printer. I took care of my space problem by becomming an AFA friend! These cards are right up my alley, it was like a collage-a-thon at my house yesterday. I had the better part of the day ALL TO MYSELF! Here are some of the cards I did...


03-16-2012, 08:10 PM
I want to join, please!!!

03-17-2012, 05:02 PM
Wow, Sophie's mom! Those are really cool. Good news on the printer. It was finally broken beyond repair (it breaks a lot) so I went and got a newer, better printer! ;)

Welcome, poeticpaper! Thanks so much for playing.

Sophie's mom
03-17-2012, 07:06 PM
3 cheers for a new printer!

03-18-2012, 06:25 AM
I fell in love with his mail art, made 2 for this swap and 2 for the ongoing ATART

03-18-2012, 07:35 AM
and another 2

96554 96555

03-18-2012, 12:07 PM
mariloupatch, that mail art is fantastic!

03-19-2012, 03:49 AM
Thanks Kathy, cards will be in the mail tomorrow!

03-19-2012, 05:01 PM
Love the cards that have been posted so far--great inspiration! I'm still a little intimidated by this style, but I'm thinking I'll give it a try over spring break when I have some time to sit down and play.

03-19-2012, 08:51 PM

"Percentage of Loss"

My first card for the swap. I have a couple more in the works.

03-19-2012, 09:20 PM
Can't wait to see them in person, mariloupatch!

I'm excited to see what you come up with goat girl. I've thrown out more cards that I've made in this style than I've kept. It's so intuitive and I'm really more of a planner and mapper. But I've had so much fun playing with layers, paints, inks and papers that even when the end product wasn't swap-worthy, I still didn't feel I'd wasted my time. I hope you have fun over spring break.

Really nice layering, poetic paper! Love it.

03-20-2012, 01:09 AM
Can I join please. I joined the last one.

03-20-2012, 11:01 AM
Yipee, an alumn from the '08 swap! Glad to have you, anne.

goatgirl, would you like me to add you to the swap, or wait and see how your spring break arting goes?

03-21-2012, 10:24 PM
I had some this week so I played around a bit and came up with:
Lady Bird
Green Man
and Death of Chivalry

03-22-2012, 01:52 PM
having discovered nick from a full swap a couple years ago, i fell in love. so here i am making a comittment b4 this one is filled up.

03-22-2012, 06:40 PM
Oh good! Another Nick fan! Wecome, lilywaters.

03-23-2012, 02:48 PM
Sophie's Mom's fantastic cards arrived today. Thanks so much for the extra!

03-25-2012, 03:22 PM
I love seeing everyone's cards. So far, I'm at the point where I'm setting aside random bits that might work.

03-25-2012, 06:05 PM
Sign me up please!

03-25-2012, 09:06 PM
Everyone's cards have really been neat so far!

goatgirl, your in! That leaves room for one more.

03-25-2012, 09:10 PM
Whew! I made my cards last night--glad I squeaked in. Wanted to make sure I could really do this before I committed. Mine are based more off the postage-themed artwork from his Griffin and Sabine books, so hopefully that's ok.

03-25-2012, 10:58 PM
I love Griffin and Sabine and I can't wait to see what you came up with, goatgirl!

03-25-2012, 11:12 PM
Just finished Bantock's The Museum at Purgatory- have a review here (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22048&page=2)... ( post #27 number 4 ) in case anyone's interested...afraid IMHO his imaginative art surpasses his writing in this one!

03-25-2012, 11:23 PM
Thanks for letting us know about the review. I'll probably buy the book for the art. I recently checked out Wildflower through interlibrary loan. I was so sad, there is hardly any art in it. Has anyone read it? I wonder if it's worth the read. Griffin and Sabine were fabulously imaginative, but a lot of the fun of reading the books was pouring over the fantastic art.

PS. Just noticed your signature, WildGoose. Thomas Merton - good guy.

03-26-2012, 10:37 AM
I'd like to try this. I normally draw, so this will be a big challenge for me. Sign me up please!

03-26-2012, 02:45 PM
Welcome Aime! It's great to see so many people stretching themselves for this swap.

03-26-2012, 10:59 PM
Mariloupatch's fantastic cards arrived today. Thanks a ton for the extra!

03-27-2012, 06:51 PM
Please put me on the waiting list and PM me if you end up having an opening. This kind of thing is right up my ally -- so I'd love to play. :D

03-27-2012, 10:03 PM
Got it JanisElain. Your first on the waiting list.

04-01-2012, 02:50 PM
I started on these today...blissful day in the studio.... :)

04-03-2012, 02:37 PM
Ok, heading out. They were a blast to make. A couple of the postage stamps (the rabbit and the woman from Monaco) I'd been hanging on to for years, waiting for the right project.





04-03-2012, 11:48 PM
Fantastic, Cynthia! Those stamps are perfect for this swap.

04-05-2012, 01:30 AM
Wonderful Cynthia!!
I know this swap is full, but I couldn't resist parusing the thread to check out the Nick eyecandy! Lovely cards, everyone! :notworthy:

04-05-2012, 05:45 PM
Here's another card for this swap:


04-05-2012, 09:05 PM
The rest:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3005/medium/1_Seahorses_inSpace.jpg - Seahorses in Space

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3005/medium/1_OnlyYou.jpg - Only You See

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3005/medium/1_P1030933.JPG /// http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/3005/medium/1_fragilehawk.jpg

- Fragile Hawk (pop-out ATC, so I couldn't scan it...)

So, I still have a couple more in the works, therefore I'm not sure which four I'll submit to the swap.

04-05-2012, 11:32 PM
Poeticpaper: Your cards are great!!!!

04-07-2012, 11:14 AM
I've really enjoyed seeing your cards, Poeticpaper! thanks for making such beauties and sharing them with us.

04-09-2012, 04:45 PM
I have fantastic cards from lindalaelm and CynthiaSillitoe. Thanks so much for the extras!

04-12-2012, 11:16 AM
My cards are going in the mail today!

04-12-2012, 05:21 PM
I keep an eye open for them. Stupendous cards arrived from Anne. Thanks for the extra and the goodies!

04-16-2012, 09:37 PM
Superb cards arrived from goatgirl. Thanks for the extra and the postcard. I had forgotten that there was actually a Griffin and Sabine postcard set. I'll treasure it.

04-17-2012, 09:47 PM
Kathy, I mailed out my cards today. Hope they find their way through all of the tax season mail!

04-20-2012, 05:06 PM
poeticpaper, your fabulous cards arrived today! Thanks a ton for the extra!

04-22-2012, 08:00 PM
oh please add me too - marie

04-22-2012, 10:49 PM
You are on the waiting list, outbackdaisy. I'll let you know if a spot opens up for you. Nice name, by the way.

04-26-2012, 01:31 AM
Hi KathyD!
Can you mail me on your address?
I"ll be ready to mail by Friday, and will post here then:)

04-26-2012, 09:16 AM
Okay, sent my address. Can't wait to see them WildGoose!

04-27-2012, 07:08 PM
My four-
Media used is a mix, including metallic pen,coloured pencil and paper collage
3 have water-colour backgrounds, and 2 utilize transparencies as overlays
Cutting up and pasting on those small,wee stamps was a challenge-and-a-half!;)

04-29-2012, 05:20 PM
Great cards WildGoose! Can't wait to see them IRL.

I received Simmo's fantastic cards today! Thanks for the extra!

04-30-2012, 01:48 PM
all done, kids. wow what a lot of doggone nickalicious fun. love seeing the posts of cards. haven't looked til today- i'm glad i was on the right traack.

kathy deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
addy pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!

05-01-2012, 10:22 AM
Katiegirl, I'll put you on the waiting list.
Lilywaters, My address is in your mailbox. :) Glad you had fun!

05-01-2012, 11:06 AM
WildGoose, love that gargoyle-ish looking card! They are all fantastic, but that one stands out to me. Very Nickalicious!

05-02-2012, 01:28 PM
my stuff is posted virtually in my gallery and postal in reality.

05-03-2012, 10:17 AM
Very cool, lilywaters! You found some great images. Love the lizard and the statue of the couple.

05-03-2012, 06:38 PM
Amazing cards from Wildgoose and lilywaters arrived today! Thank you both for the extras.

05-03-2012, 07:56 PM
glad you are happy with my results.

funny little story:

i have a nick bantock "how he does his stuff" kinda book which i wanted to look at to get a handle on his style. well, i couldn't find the thing (moved six months ago and somehow it seems like i have way less books now than b4 the move.....hmmmm- hey movers, what the hell!)

anyway, i stop at my library's 2nd hand library store and there was the sabine and griffin books, the whole set at a buck fifty a book. all the letters were still in them!

what a coup.

but i still want my other book back, two men and a truck movers, along with the others that were in that box, okay?

05-03-2012, 10:50 PM
Wow! That is an unbelievable deal on the Griffin and Sabine books. I hope your books turn up. I have Urgent 2nd Class by nick and it is fantastic. Not to heavy on the how to side, but lots of great eye candy and inspiration.

05-04-2012, 03:10 PM
that's the missing one- can you photocopy the entire book, color it in and then send it to me? thanks.

05-04-2012, 09:44 PM
lilywaters, :laugh:

05-12-2012, 04:13 PM
There's about a week until the due date. Get those cards in the mail.

05-20-2012, 01:36 PM
Okay, the cards are in. There were a couple of 11th hour withdraws but se la vi! The swap gallery is posted, everyone has a card in it. The cards are in envelopes and ready to go out tomorrow. Lets just say I had a fun, but long night last night. Once I started swapping them, I couldn't stop. Thanks for making my first swap so easy and fun! Don't forget to leave itrader for me and rep points for the artists when your receive your cards.

05-22-2012, 01:37 PM
the swap gallery is making me drool. way to go, everybody!

05-23-2012, 11:33 PM
My cards are here! Very, very cool. Thanks, Kathy, and also Outbackdaisy, lindalaelm, and Wildgoose.

Sophie's mom
05-24-2012, 03:56 PM
My cards arrived, awesome swap Kathy and great returns from: Simmo, CynthiaSillitoe, and lilywaters... thank you everyone!

05-24-2012, 10:16 PM
Hurray! The first cards are arriving.

05-25-2012, 12:24 PM
mine have found their new home. poeticpaper, sophiesmom, and goatgirl-all wonderful renditions of the nick bantock style. thanks to kathy d who is a grand newbie hostess (you gotta a knack, girl!)

05-26-2012, 12:21 AM
the swap gallery is making me drool. way to go, everybody!

It's a great gallery, KathyD.....makes me want you to host another one!

05-26-2012, 02:35 PM
Got my cards--thanks for hosting such a fun, challenging swap, Kathy! Not sure how to leave rep points for lindalaelm, as she's not coming up in a name search on this thread?

05-26-2012, 11:17 PM
Thanks for the kind comments. I am very excited to host again soon.

I'm not sure about that one, goatgirl. linalaelm pm-ed me to ask if she could play. Here is a link to one of her posts from a different swap. Maybe you could leave it there. She did make really nice cards.


05-29-2012, 07:30 AM
I got my cards today. Thank you for an interesting swap.

05-29-2012, 04:13 PM
Thanks KathyD--that worked.

06-02-2012, 03:23 PM
My Wonderful cards have come!

Thank-you anne,goatgirl and KathyD for your fine and intriguing cards

Enjoyed stretching my imagination to make cards for this swap, KathyD