View Full Version : Abstract Swap (Open Media) Due Aug. 20th

06-14-2020, 07:12 PM
Swap Due Date: August 20th
Signup/Withdraw: August 5th
Number of Cards: 3-3
Number of Participants: 30

I've been seeing quite a few great abstract cards in the gallery lately and it's inspired me to host this swap. I love abstract ATCs and hopefully I'm not alone and there'll be enough interest to give this swap a good variety of art.

Swap Info:
This swap is for abstract cards. Think of Pollock, Rothko, Mondrian etc. You can use any media you choose. Collage, hd/hp, stitched, digital, they're all good!

Swap Rules:
~ All cards are to be 2.5X3.5
~ No bulky embellishments.
~ Make sure your card is sturdy, not flimsy or floppy.
~ On the back include your real name, user name, location and any other info you choose.

Mailing Info:
~ Put your cards in a protective sleeve or something similar for protection.
~ PM me for my address when you're ready to mail.
~ US: Include a stamped, self addressed envelope w/ your user name on the back.
~ International: Include a US intntl stamp (if you have one) or a US dollar and an address label. I'll
supply your envelope.
~ Be sure to allow enough time when mailing for your cards to arrive to me on time.

Other Info:
~ Subscribe to the thread so you can keep track of this swap.
~ I will leave I-traders when your cards arrive.
~ Don't forget to leave me (host) an I-trader when you get your cards back.
~ Post to the thread and/or leave rep points when you receive your returns so that folks can know who
got their cards.
~ A host card is neither expected nor required, but is appreciated.

Happy creating and I can't wait to see what everyone makes!

1) Lois RCVD
2) TurquoisePineapple RCVD
4) catladybj WTHDRW
5) Hrmorgan RCVD
6) RobertStamp RCVD ARVD
7) Smarvelous RCVD
9) Blueangel RCVD ARVD
10) redplantlady RCVD
11) Siempie_h RCVD ARVD
12) cmcarli RCVD ARVD
13) Cbzcando RCVD ARVD
14) Donnacr RCVD ARVD
15) Bunnymther RCVD ARVD
16) RaineyDay RCVD ARVD
17) katiea707 WTHDRW
18) JeffWoodArt RCVD ARVD
19) jo.on.the.go RCVD ARVD
20) Mushu RCVD ARVD
21) Draketeeth RCVD ARVD
22) AngelJoy RCVD ARVD
23) Lorna RCVD ARVD
24) colormetheworld RCVD
25) new_bee_artist RCVD ARVD
26) suzyq RCVD
28) Monroy28 RCVD ARVD
29) joamosatcharterdotnet RCVD ARVD
30) miss RCVD ARVD

06-15-2020, 12:19 PM
I LOVE abstracts!

It says "open media" so I'm assuming my computer-aided creations will be welcome.
Please let me know.
(I've attached some of my old creations. I'll make new ones for this swap.)

The first two below were made by me using layered colors, the third is a digital collage of dots, and the fourth is a sketch I did with my finger on my iPad (using the app "SketchClub").

216107 216106 216108 216109

06-15-2020, 01:23 PM
Yes! Love this idea! Please add me to this swap.

06-15-2020, 03:13 PM
Sign me up. I love abstracts. For me representational is challenging.

06-15-2020, 04:30 PM
I LOVE abstracts!

It says "open media" so I'm assuming my computer-aided creations will be welcome.
Please let me know.

Those are perfect Lois. Welcome to the swap! I included digital in the types of media because I have some and I think it's a great method for creating abstracts, although I haven't the slightest idea how. I especially like your dots card. Can't wait to see what you create.

06-15-2020, 04:33 PM
Welcome also to TurquoisePineapple and NancyL!

06-16-2020, 05:50 AM
I'm game! sign me up please

06-16-2020, 03:21 PM
I'd like to join this swap. I've never done one, however. Will this be ok?

06-16-2020, 05:34 PM
Welcome catladybj!

Hrmorgan, of course it's okay to join. You have to start somewhere. Be sure to subscribe to the thread through the thread tools at the top of this page. That way you can keep track of the swap. You can see your subscribed threads by clicking on the quick links and going to the user cp.

06-16-2020, 11:42 PM
Sign me up!

06-17-2020, 03:28 PM
Sounds fun! Sign me up please

06-17-2020, 07:08 PM
Welcome RobertStamp and Smarvelous!

06-17-2020, 10:11 PM

06-18-2020, 04:14 PM
Lurk away Bunnymther. Hopefully you'll feel inspired to join in.

06-18-2020, 04:31 PM
Lurking.....I’m very new to abstract art, but enjoyed it when I joined an abstract ATC Swap here just a few months ago. Those cards are still in my gallery, plus a few more. Is there a term for abstracts that are recognizable images (with artistic distortion)? Semi-abstract? Is this kind of art acceptable for this swap?

06-18-2020, 04:48 PM
CiCi, although I didn't specify it I had in mind abstract in the most abstract form. Maybe I need to edit the specifics. The cards Lois posted are a great example of what I was thinking of when I created the swap. Her cards are digital but any media is good. I don't know many different abstract artists but I'm thinking along the lines of Pollock, Rothko or even Mondrian rather than Picasso etc. I do hope you decide to join us.

06-18-2020, 10:27 PM

06-18-2020, 11:24 PM
Loving abstract lately. Lurking lurking.

06-19-2020, 08:09 AM
Sounds fun. Please sign me up!

06-19-2020, 11:05 AM
I'd like to join please.

06-19-2020, 11:46 AM
May I join please, I am really into abstracts right now :)

06-19-2020, 12:15 PM
Welcome to lurk Bluesky and Cbzcando.

Welcome to play TrudiJ, Blueangel & redplantlady.

06-20-2020, 04:03 AM
Hi, I would love to join this swap!
I was so inspired that I made my cards already yesterday and today :-) .
So, there will be no problem with time. Please send me your address. Thank you, Siempie_h

06-20-2020, 07:03 PM
Great! Welcome Siempie_h! I'll pm my addy to you now.

06-20-2020, 07:48 PM

06-21-2020, 01:26 AM
Please sign me up. Thank you.

- Cathie

06-21-2020, 06:24 AM

06-21-2020, 10:02 AM
Glad to have you join us cmcarli!

Lurk away ksj1717 and mouseit. Hopefully you'll see something that will inspire you to join in.

06-22-2020, 05:00 AM
Are googly eyes too bulky? I've made a couple cards but I want to make sure they're okay before joining.

06-22-2020, 09:09 AM
This has been a lot of fun! Thank you, Katrina, for organizing this swap. I am looking forward to seeing the work of others, and of course, getting my trade!


06-22-2020, 06:03 PM

06-22-2020, 07:46 PM
Are googly eyes too bulky? I've made a couple cards but I want to make sure they're okay before joining.

Yes they are.

06-22-2020, 07:50 PM
Welcome to lurk suzyq.

06-23-2020, 11:34 AM
Sign me up, please and thank you!

06-23-2020, 04:41 PM
Got you on the list Cbzcando. Thanks for joining!

06-24-2020, 12:46 AM
i'd love to play, thanks.

06-24-2020, 04:12 PM
Welcome Donnacr. Glad to have you join us.

06-25-2020, 11:13 AM
Here are my cards Iíve been working on. Please sign me up. They were a blast to make & Iím sure Iíll make a few more. I was inspired to use my gel printed papers from my stash.

06-25-2020, 12:35 PM
I would like to join please!

06-25-2020, 03:42 PM
I would love to join! Abstract Mixed Media is my jam!

06-25-2020, 07:51 PM
Yay! Three more players! Welcome Bunnymther, RaineyDay and katiea707.

Great cards Bunnymther. I'll pm you my addy.

06-25-2020, 08:21 PM
Just opened my mail. TrudiJ, your cards arrived today.

06-27-2020, 04:42 PM
I would join, please!

06-27-2020, 05:33 PM
Sure! Welcome to the swap JeffWoodArt.

06-28-2020, 12:22 AM
Lurky lurky :wideeyed:

06-28-2020, 02:28 PM
Hope you see something to tempt you to play BArox818.

06-28-2020, 04:02 PM
I wanted to bookmark the swap to take a look at the beautiful cards and get some ideas about doing abstracts. Lurking
Be encouraged,

06-28-2020, 04:44 PM
I would like to join.

06-29-2020, 04:11 PM
Loladog, I do the same thing. I'm admiring everything in the southwest swap right now.

Welcome jo.on.the.go!

06-30-2020, 12:57 AM
Seriously lurking

06-30-2020, 10:34 AM
I would love to join if there is still some room.

06-30-2020, 06:43 PM
This is certainly filling up. Better step out of the lurking crowd and get active

May I join this swap, please?

07-01-2020, 12:40 PM
Here are my cards. May I please have your address for mailing.

216385 Abstract 1

216386 Abstract 2

216387 Abstract 3

216388 Abstract 4

I am a big fan of Bob Burridge's You Tube posts. His suggestions can be used for both realistic and abstract painting. I used his composition techniques and color combinations when creating these cards. If you are interested in learning more about Bob Burridge, take a look at the thread here discussing him. The thread has been inactive for quite a while, but you may want to look it up, as well as his blog.

07-01-2020, 03:14 PM
Please add me to the list of players. :)

07-01-2020, 05:13 PM
Lurk away Monroy28.

Welcome to the swap Mushu, Draketeeth and AngelJoy.

Great cards Jo! Thanks for sharing pics. I'll pm you my address.

07-02-2020, 12:58 AM
Love your cards, jo.on.the.go. Abstract 3 feels like a refreshing landscape I’d like to take a drive through. We’ve taken a few long drives to nowhere during this coronavirus shutdown. A change of scenery does wonders.

07-02-2020, 11:24 AM
I have my cards done. I used a variety of art supplies like Schmincke watercolors, Paul Rubens Pearl watercolors, acrylic paints, markers, and a little gel pen.

07-02-2020, 02:25 PM
Great cards, Mushu and jo.on.the.go! Very inspiriing!

07-02-2020, 02:33 PM
So many wonderful abstracts posted so far! I must sign up...love the theme. I am glad it is far enough out to make the due date.

07-02-2020, 07:30 PM
please sign me up

07-04-2020, 12:17 AM
I want in :)

07-05-2020, 08:14 AM
I’m lurking, but getting ideas from MOMA:
Pollock - https://www.moma.org/artists/4675
Rothko - https://www.moma.org/artists/5047

07-07-2020, 12:17 AM
Mine are done. They will go in the mail as soon as I have your address. :)


07-07-2020, 04:46 PM
My internet has been down a few days (I'm waiting on a new modem to be delivered) so I'm trying to update the swap and answer mssgs on my phone. I prefer my pc. Bear w/ me. Hopefully I'll be back online in a day or two.

07-07-2020, 05:15 PM
Cards arrived from siempie_h & Bunnymther last Thursday and RaineyDay yesterday. I'll post i-traders once I get my pc running.

07-08-2020, 09:50 AM
Add me to the players list, please. Here are my first two. They have a bit of texture and I will send extra postage when mailing. But let me know if you think too much.

07-08-2020, 10:56 AM
My cards are on the way.

07-08-2020, 11:20 AM
my cards are on the way! had some fun playing around hope whoever gets them enjoys them!

07-08-2020, 11:21 AM
are we supposed to post our finished cards? I love the anticipation of surprises but i see some have posted thiers

07-08-2020, 04:43 PM
are we supposed to post our finished cards? I love the anticipation of surprises but i see some have posted thiers

You don't have to share pics. I think a lot of players (and lurkers) like to see what's being created. You'll still be surprised w/ returns because nobody knows which cards they'll be getting. All in all it's whatever you want to do.

07-08-2020, 04:51 PM
Suzyq, your cards look good. Personally, I like the mixed media you're doing. I see nothing wrong w/ them. Thanks for joining.

07-08-2020, 04:52 PM
JeffWoodArt, your cards arrived today!

07-08-2020, 05:13 PM
You don't have to share pics. I think a lot of players (and lurkers) like to see what's being created. You'll still be surprised w/ returns because nobody knows which cards they'll be getting. All in all it's whatever you want to do.

And I often get inspired by what is posted. :)

07-08-2020, 05:24 PM
Only 4 open spots left before this swap is full!

07-09-2020, 08:31 AM
Thanks for the reminder! I’m ready to sign up, if y’all like these Rothko-inspired cards:
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/39484/small/1_92D0528C-5E3A-4414-AA21-B878854EB862.jpeg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=555635

07-09-2020, 02:31 PM
I see you are 26 participants. Can I be added?

07-09-2020, 05:28 PM
AmySi, I like your cards. Welcome to the swap.

Welcome to you as well Monroy28.

07-10-2020, 01:25 AM
My cards are in the mail today, hope they fit the criteria.

07-10-2020, 10:04 AM
Nice cards Donna. Glad you shared pics. I especially like the one w/ the string.

07-10-2020, 10:48 AM
Please sign me up.

07-10-2020, 04:48 PM
Welcome Joamasatcharterdotnet!

Mailcall! Cards arrived today from Mushu, Smarvelous and jo.on.the.go. Great work ladies!

07-10-2020, 10:12 PM
My cards went out today...yah

07-11-2020, 04:23 PM
Last two and I am ready to mail.

07-11-2020, 06:28 PM
Cards came today from NancyL and AngelJoy.

Only 1 open spot left and this swap will be full.

07-12-2020, 12:12 PM
Can I nab the last spot?

07-12-2020, 07:00 PM
You sure can! Welcome miss.

07-13-2020, 06:46 PM
TurquoisePineapple, your cards arrived today.

07-15-2020, 02:16 PM
My cards went out... yesterday? Monday? I'm not sure what day today is. :huh:

07-15-2020, 03:52 PM
:twitcy: I know what you mean Robert. It's Wednesday.

07-15-2020, 03:53 PM
Monroy28, your cards arrived yesterday.

07-17-2020, 10:16 AM
Suziq, I got your cards yesterday.

07-17-2020, 10:33 AM
My cards are in the mail. :)

07-17-2020, 11:35 AM
In today's mail: cards from cmcarli & RobertStamp.

07-21-2020, 06:46 PM

07-21-2020, 07:15 PM
Nice cards, new_bee.artist!

07-21-2020, 07:19 PM
Blueangel, your cards arrived today.

07-22-2020, 12:47 PM
A great swap topic. I love Rothko's Color Field paintings but had not realised - doh! - that there are lots of Color Field artists so I have chosen 4 of these, as 3 for 3 and a host card. I really felt I learned a lot so I hope you like them.

07-24-2020, 04:03 PM
Mail call! New_bee.artist your cards are here.

07-27-2020, 04:57 PM
Hello! My cards went into the mail today.

07-28-2020, 03:59 PM
I mailed my cards yesterday.
Here are my cards if anyone is interested.

07-31-2020, 09:37 AM
Joamosatcharterdotnet & Draketeeth, your cards arrived yesterday.

07-31-2020, 04:32 PM
My cards are on the way!

08-01-2020, 04:48 PM
Colormetheworld, your cards got here yesterday.

08-03-2020, 11:23 AM
My cards are in the mail. Have a great week, everyone.

08-04-2020, 04:39 PM
I mailed my cards out yesterday...just figured out I forgot to share...so here they are:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_Abstract1.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_Abstract2.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_Abstract3.jpg http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/35855/small/2_Abstract4.jpg

08-05-2020, 04:23 PM
AmySi, your cards arrived yesterday.

08-05-2020, 04:52 PM
Only two weeks left until the due date. I know there are several en-route to me and a handful that haven't asked for my addy yet. I'd love to see everyone get their cards sent in but if you're not going to be able to please let me know.

08-06-2020, 03:23 AM
Lorna - I love all your cards but especially the red one! hint hint ;)

08-07-2020, 10:47 AM
Mail call! Yesterday, redplantlady and today, cbzcando.

08-07-2020, 03:11 PM
My cards went in today's mail!

08-09-2020, 04:04 PM
Cards arrived yesterday from Lorna and Donnacr.

08-12-2020, 05:10 PM
Miss, your cards got here today.

08-15-2020, 11:34 AM
What a great swap and such fun cards here. I only just saw this or I'd have signed up. Next time for sure.

08-15-2020, 05:24 PM
Cards arrived from Lois today. Only one more left to come in and I can swap out.

08-20-2020, 07:00 PM
Just waiting on one more set of cards to arrive. I'll give it through the weekend then I'll be swapping out all the cards.

08-21-2020, 01:44 PM
Hrmorgan, your cards are here! I think they must've taken a slow boat up the river to get here.

I'll swap out cards this weekend.

08-27-2020, 07:48 PM
I dropped the returns in the mail today! Thanks everyone for playing. The quality and variety of cards was wonderful. Everyone did great work.

I'm pretty sure I got i-traders to everyone, but if you didn't get one, let me know. When you get your returns don't forget to leave me an i-trader and post to the thread or leave "you rock" rep points so that everyone can know where their cards landed up at.

08-31-2020, 02:45 PM
I received my fantastic artworks today and have left feedback. Thanks for a great swap!

08-31-2020, 06:59 PM
Fabulous returns arrived today in my mailbox from Smarvelous, hrmorgan, and Turquoise pineapple. My first time getting an art card from any of these members-how cool is that!! Thank you dear hostess for such a fun swap-you rock!

08-31-2020, 07:53 PM
Thanks for hosting trini70. I think that you should do another abstract swap for us.
Thanks also to these artists:
miss - System
Mushu - Graffiti inspired
Bunnymther - #1

08-31-2020, 08:29 PM
My returns came today. I got cards by AmySi, TurquoisePineapple and RaineyDay. Thanks for hosting trini70. I agree there ought to be more swaps for abstract.

09-01-2020, 12:14 PM
Thank you for this swap. My returns were each unique and delightful. Great work everyone!

09-01-2020, 03:56 PM
Returns showed up yesterday! Thank you!

09-01-2020, 03:58 PM
I'm so glad to see so many cards arriving quickly. It makes me smile that you're all so happy w/ your returns.

09-01-2020, 07:27 PM
What a fun swap and such great returns. AmySi, JeffWoodArt, and new_bee_artist - thanks for the lovely abstracts. And thank you for hosting, trini70!

09-03-2020, 07:44 PM
Thank you, trini70 for hosting and for great returns from Monroy28, Lois, and Draketeeth. I will leave feedback soon.

09-06-2020, 02:37 PM
My return ATCs arrived from NancyL, Mushu, and Lois. Amazing work! Thank you so much for hosting, trini70!

09-09-2020, 07:08 PM
Got my returns - all are wonderful! Thank you to Bunnymther, jo.on.the.go and NancyL. Huge thanks to trini70 for hosting! I hope we can get together again for more abstracts.

09-13-2020, 10:00 AM
I'm getting worried that I haven't heard from more folks receiving their cards. I keep track by the feedback I get and, of course, whomever checks in here. If you have your returns and haven't let me know yet, please do.

09-18-2020, 07:52 AM
My gorgeous returns arrived today from: Lorna, joamosatcharterdotnet and monroy28

Thanks to our wonderful Host for this fun swap

off to leave points for all

09-18-2020, 09:23 AM
Glad to hear they made it safely, and in half the time it took them to get here. I hoped it would be quicker coming for you.

Now I just wish I could hear from the rest of the "locals" if their cards have arrived. I'm thinking I need to send out some pms.

09-18-2020, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the bright abstracts :) leaving rep now

09-18-2020, 04:32 PM
So glad to hear that another has arrived!

09-23-2020, 06:51 PM
Hey, I got my cards a bit ago but didnít manage to get on and let people know til today (thanks for the reminder @trini70. Thanks for hosting too!!! Also thanks to @Mushu , @jo.on.the.go , and @donnacr for the abstracts!!! Yíall are great🙃