View Full Version : JOURNEY to the CASTLE ---> due Aug 6

06-04-2020, 09:17 PM
Swap Due Date: Thu, Aug 6, 2020
Sign up / Withdraw date: Thu, Jul 30, 2020
Number of cards: 3 for 3
Number of participants: unlimited
Medium:Hand-Drawn or Hand-Painted

Theme: Journey to the Castle
We’re on a journey to a castle that looms mysteriously in the distant landscape. Create your own castle designs with rising towers that reach for the sky, curtain walls covered with intricate designs and symbols, fabulous gateways, and tiny window details. Feel free to reference photos of real historical castles or those created for fantasy artworks and fairy tales. Cherry pick your favorite castle elements to design unique castles that appeal to you. Surround your fairy tale castles with your choice of mountain tops, cliffs, forests, waterways or fantastical placements like among the clouds. Your choice on whether to include tiny little characters (people, animal or magical) in the foreground. Get lost in a fairy tale story of your own making.


Send 3 original designed artist trading cards (measuring 2.5” x 3.5”)
A 4th “hostie” artist trading card would be greatly appreciated but is not required
Add on the back of each card: your real name, username, date, city/state or country, swap name
NO: prints, digital art, white backgrounds, flimsy cards
Upon receiving your cards, leave an iTrader for me, your host, and Reputation Points via this thread for the artists of the cards you receive


PM me for my address (if you mailed to me in the past, it is the same)
Send each card in individual sleeves
USA players: include 1 Forever stamp
International players: Send $1
Include an address label
I will provide envelopes

Joining the adventure...

It's Amanda - no response to PM
An. M. Sudyka - cards sent to incorrect addy, returned, resent, arrived post deadline & swapped

06-05-2020, 11:34 AM
This looks fun! Lurking with intent :)

06-05-2020, 12:14 PM
Lurking, so I will be subscribed. Sounds really fun! I assume a whimsical style would be ok? (I can just envision a damsel in distress).

06-05-2020, 12:20 PM
Welcome Lurkers! :D

Hi Cici! Yes, all hand-drawn and hand-painted styles are welcome! They can be whimsical, realistic, stylistic, cartoon, fantastical, etc... And yes, add any type of character you think fitting to enhance the scene. A damsel in distress most definitely works very well with this theme!

Can't wait to see what you create. :)

06-05-2020, 02:04 PM
I'm lurking! I love this theme! :cute:

06-07-2020, 12:42 PM

06-08-2020, 05:30 PM
Lurkers welcome, hope you will all join! :jiggy:

Itís Amanda
06-15-2020, 10:47 AM
Joining- so can I do like stone carvings (like gargoyles for instance) and detailed strained glass windows? Like bits a of a castle you would see inside or around it? I love hyper detail in my drawings.

Also, how would I send you the money, (international newbie here!) is PayPal ok?

06-16-2020, 08:45 PM
Welcome Amanda! Yes, details are a wonderful way to make your castles unique. Love the idea of gargoyles, stained glass, and stone carvings!

Yes, paypal works, I can pm you my paypal when you're ready or you can slip in one dollar into your envelope if you have dollars. Either way works!

06-16-2020, 09:36 PM
Lurking for now. This sounds like fun.

06-17-2020, 12:08 AM
I would like to join this swap. Please sign me up!

06-17-2020, 12:41 PM
Me please!

06-17-2020, 07:19 PM
Welcome LuAnnP & Bluegreener!

06-18-2020, 11:22 AM
Sign me up please

06-18-2020, 06:54 PM
Welcome Artbymee! And all ye lurkers, don't forget this swap, we need YOU! ;)

06-18-2020, 11:36 PM
Well, I finished one and have three more sketched! So I guess I’m ready to sign up now. My castles are all from Fairyland. I had great plans for little fairies in the picture as well, but alas, my cards will be “fairyless”. The castles themselves were challenging enough, I try so hard not to get hung up on detail.

06-19-2020, 11:53 AM
Nice idea: lurking :)

06-19-2020, 04:26 PM
Woop woop, Cici has joined, yay! So happy you are enjoying adding in those details. Yes, the castles can be fun to draw but then the challenge is trying to add characters. They might be too small. It is an atc after all. The trick would be either hint at characters if they are far away or keep them super close to the foreground so the castle can be seen at a distance. Don't know where I will land with mine once I get started.

Sometimes my drawing hand has a mind of its own. ;)

All lurkers welcome, hope you are getting excited about this theme, we are going to have amazing detailed cards on this one!

06-20-2020, 06:12 PM
Hi, can I please play? :huh:

06-21-2020, 09:26 AM
Welcome Criggles, so happy you could join us!

Ancient Planter
06-21-2020, 03:03 PM
Definitely lurking for the moment - sounds like so much fun!

An. M. Sudyka
06-21-2020, 11:53 PM
Sounds like fun, please send me your address so I can mail you my cards. Thanks.

06-22-2020, 02:24 PM
These are my cards:216260

06-22-2020, 04:12 PM
Hi can I join please?

06-22-2020, 06:44 PM
Welcome An. M. Sudyka & Jodi, so happy you've joined! :D

06-25-2020, 02:52 PM
Here is my set. They are all castles from Fairyland, in watercolors, markers, and pens, with touches of gold or silver glitter paint.

06-25-2020, 10:14 PM
Gorgeous set Cici, they are magical!

06-26-2020, 06:29 PM
Mail Call! Artbyme, your lovely cards have arrived!

06-27-2020, 09:09 PM
I would like to join :) you can expect castles of Scotland from me... my long, long ago heritage :)

06-28-2020, 10:40 AM
Welcome Jeffwoodart! Scotland castles sound wonderful, can't wait to see them!

06-28-2020, 07:47 PM

06-29-2020, 06:12 PM
Hi IamWhatonEarth! hope you will join the fun! ;D

06-29-2020, 06:14 PM
Mail Call! Jodi - Your awesome castles have arrived safe & sound! :D

07-02-2020, 07:46 PM
Got my castles started and will be coloring this weekend!


Lurkers, the long weekend is a great time to join us! ;)

07-02-2020, 08:13 PM
These are great even before coloring! After coloring, they will be so impressive, and I love that flying dragon!

07-02-2020, 08:29 PM
My castle cards went in the mail today!

07-03-2020, 12:55 PM
Thank you Cici, I will be on the lookout for them!

07-03-2020, 02:21 PM
This sounds like fun. I'd love to join.

07-03-2020, 03:37 PM
Awesome, welcome Beaksalot! :D

Ancient Planter
07-05-2020, 10:50 AM
My last one is sketched out and ready to paint so I think you can officially sign me up for this one. Thanks!

07-05-2020, 09:29 PM
Welcome Ancientplanter! So happy you're joining!

Ancient Planter
07-06-2020, 10:00 AM
Mine are going out in today's mail. I forgot to photograph them before sealing the envelope, but 2 used "snow paper" for a background. That's watercolor paper I'd sprayed ink on and left out during a snow 'storm' to get snowed on a couple of years ago. I sprayed more ink on the snow covering the paper, then let the snow melt onto the paper, making interesting backgrounds. Sometimes they turn out great, and other times the ink just all runs off and leaves almost nothing on the paper.

07-06-2020, 10:56 AM
That sounds fascinating. I’ve heard of this technique before, right on this site somewhere. But alas, no snowstorms here!

07-06-2020, 07:25 PM
that's so cool AncientPlanter, can't wait to see how they turned out! :D

Ancient Planter
07-06-2020, 09:13 PM
Ah, but CiCiCreates, in Arizona you can make Monsoon Paper! https://quinncreative.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/monsoon-papertutorial-variation/

07-06-2020, 09:49 PM
Thanks for posting that, AP, very interesting instruction!

07-09-2020, 05:18 PM
Mail Call! Cici & AncientPlanter, your fabulous sets have arrived!

07-13-2020, 03:57 AM
Can you add me to the list? Thank you!

07-13-2020, 07:49 PM
Hi Josiesuelupin! welcome to the Journey to the Castle Swap! :D

07-13-2020, 07:50 PM
Mailcall! Jeffwoodart, your wonderful castle set has arrived! They look amazing!

07-15-2020, 11:22 AM
I am seeing some truly awesome art for this swap, so I am trying to up my game and do just one card each day. Here's the first: Alcohol ink on Yupo. Only 25 KB so not much detail. I am going to post a high resolution copy on my blog. Is is considered polite to post that URL here?


JULY 28 UPDATE: Here's the URL to my blog. I DO like to really see the details on my cards (but I also see why we need to limit file sizes on the atcsforall server!) https://pepperwoodatcs.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/castle-swap/

And here are the other cards:

07-15-2020, 11:23 AM
Mailcall! Jeffwoodart, your wonderful castle set has arrived! They look amazing!
I just looked in the gallery. for these. A-MAZING!

07-15-2020, 09:17 PM
LuAnnp, your castle looks amazing, wow! Can't wait to see the others you create! And yes, please share your blog link, we would love to see. :D

07-16-2020, 06:18 PM
Here are my contributions to the swap! :D

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07-16-2020, 06:23 PM
Bluevioletz, every one of those is just wonderful! This was a great idea.

07-19-2020, 12:36 PM
If these are OK, please sign me up!


07-19-2020, 01:21 PM
I love your set, Miss! So varied and colorful! The purple castle with a hot pink sky might be my slight favorite.

07-19-2020, 04:03 PM
Gorgeous set Miss, great job! :D

07-20-2020, 12:16 PM
Thanks for the kind words, CiCiCreates and Bluevioletz! These went in the mail today.

07-21-2020, 07:23 PM
Mail Call! Criggles1972, your fabulous cards arrived, yay! They look wonderful!

07-22-2020, 09:41 PM
These are really lovely, Bluevioletz

Here are my contributions to the swap! :D

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07-24-2020, 05:22 PM
Please add me. I'm working on some cards which I hope to have finished soon.

07-24-2020, 06:58 PM
Wonderful, welcome Majanga! :D

07-24-2020, 07:01 PM
Miss, your wonderful set has arrived, the colors are so rich!

07-25-2020, 02:25 PM
Lurking in the moat.

07-25-2020, 05:12 PM
I am in! Please PM me your address.

07-25-2020, 09:38 PM
Welcome Oneeyedwonder!

07-28-2020, 08:41 PM
I dropped my cards in the mail today.

07-28-2020, 09:01 PM
That one in the balloon is so cool!

07-28-2020, 09:05 PM
Those are fabulous Majanga! :D

07-29-2020, 08:19 PM
Mail Call! LuAnnP, your fabulous set has arrived! They look awesome!

07-30-2020, 04:15 PM
I would like to join please, mailing my cards today (;

07-31-2020, 06:00 PM
Fabulous! welcome Ruemeridian!

07-31-2020, 08:43 PM
I mailed mine out today!

08-01-2020, 11:27 AM
Thank you Josie, I will be on the lookout!

08-01-2020, 05:32 PM
Mail Call! Oneeyedwonder, your lovely set has arrived! :D

08-03-2020, 07:48 PM
Mail Call! Bluegreener & Ruemeridian, your fabulous sets have arrived!

08-04-2020, 07:29 PM
Mail Call! Wonderful cards received from Josiesuelupin & Majanga!

08-09-2020, 08:05 PM
Hello Fabulous Players! The castles have been amazing, what a wonderful set of gorgeous designs you all made. The swap is now completed, and the castles are heading back to you. I hope you all love your returns! In the meantime, you can enjoy samples from our players in the Swap Gallery.

Click here (http://www.atcsforall.com/swap688.php) to see the amazing talent in our group!

Terri F
08-10-2020, 11:48 AM
Took a peek at the Swap Gallery of these cards.
Sad to say I didn't jump into this one.

Great job all ~*~

08-11-2020, 10:05 PM
Hello Fabulous Players! The castles have been amazing, what a wonderful set of gorgeous designs you all made. The swap is now completed, and the castles are heading back to you. I hope you all love your returns! In the meantime, you can enjoy samples from our players in the Swap Gallery.

Click here (http://www.atcsforall.com/swap688.php) to see the amazing talent in our group!

Awesome gallery! I am SO impressed by the talent of this group,

Ancient Planter
08-13-2020, 12:47 PM
My great returns arrived yesterday! Fab. art received from Jodi, artbymee, and one eyed wonder. Thanks, Bluevioletz, for hosting! Off to leave You Rocks.

08-13-2020, 07:21 PM
Fantastic returns from LuAnnP, CiCiCreates, and Oneeyedwonder arrived today! Thanks to everyone and to Bluevioletz for hosting!

08-13-2020, 07:36 PM
I received my returns yesterday and left iTrader and reps already. My returns were by JeffWoodArt, artbymee, and majanga. I couldn’t leave rep for majanga until I “spread more love around”, which always frustrates me because I’m afraid I will forget. Majanga, the card from you was the Castle in the hot air balloon that I had commented on, thank you!