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Inspiration Stick Mixed Media ATC Swap~Due September 8

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Inspiration sticks are my BFF! They help me when my muse has left the building. I keep them in a tin on my desk at all times. For this swap, you will be creating a set for yourself and using 6-10 random sticks (until you feel your piece is finished) on each of 3 mixed media ATCs.

Inspiration sticks are simply popsicle sticks with individualized art prompts on them. They should reflect your own stash of supplies and personalized artistic style. I recommend you include different mediums, textures, patterns, mark making, colors or themes, finishing touches/embellishments and techniques. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Categorized inspiration sticks by Creative Kady:
https://creativekady.wordpress.com/2...k-gift-for-you

Making inspiration sticks video: https://youtu.be/NYEXcyMAFXs
Download her list of prompts, the link is in the dropdown section under the video.

List of prompts and theme ideas (although for cards, gives some additional ideas): http://heartedlyhandcrafted.blogspot...spiration.html

The best part of this swap is that when you are done you have your own set of inspiration sticks to use whenever you need them!

Mailing your cards: Please write the name of this swap and your user name at the very least on the back of your cards. When you are ready to mail, PM me for my address. I will provide envelopes. Please include as much postage as it took for you to mail the cards to me plus an additional ounce stamp for each chunky card you send.

When I receive your cards i will submit an itrader for you. When you receive your returns please submit one for me. And don't forget to leave you rocks for those whose cards you receive!

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1. kay -received 7/8
2. ThoughArtDelyrias -withdrew
3. BekaH -received 7/24
4. Donnacr- withdrew
5. ann_stebbing -received 7/17
6. Mhitchcock -withdrew
7. Loladog -withdrew
8. CastleQueen5 -received 9/1
9. Spinnbabul -received 7/27
10. anotherangel -received 8/6
11. electricdesigner -received 7/25
12. RaineyDay -received 8/21
13. NancyL- received 7/14
14. Sillylily41 -withdrew
15. Cindylou -received 7/31
16. TonyaAshe -received 8/9
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:23 PM
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yes this looks fun, and useful!! sign me up please
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so we're not making individual sticks, but atc that have sticks on them? Sorry, I'm having trouble understanding and I'm sure it just my brain!
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so we're not making individual sticks, but atc that have sticks on them? Sorry, I'm having trouble understanding and I'm sure it just my brain!
So you make a set of sticks which you can then keep forever. You randomly select 10 and complete the prompts on them to create your first card. For example, the sticks might tell you to use a stencil, apply acrylic paint with a palette knife, doodle a border, use a quote...this is what you actually do to the card. When you are done with all 10 on that card, you put the sticks back into your pile and randomly select 10 more to create your second card and so on... The sticks are awesome art prompt tools that you can use to create artwork of any kind. They will be awesome to have!
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10 seems like alot of layers, is this your usual way of doing this? my concern is getting a combo that doesn't work well together....I don't have sticks so am going to do it on paper if that is okay?
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Originally Posted by ThouArtDelyrias View Post
10 seems like alot of layers, is this your usual way of doing this? my concern is getting a combo that doesn't work well together....I don't have sticks so am going to do it on paper if that is okay?
Of course paper is fine!

I think it depends on the prompts that you have. If the prompts are more general or bigger ideas ( like modeling paste through a stencil) 6 usually works. If the prompts are smaller details (like outlining an element) then I find I use about 10. How about we say 6-10 prompts or until you find your piece finished?
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VickiZ just sent me the link to here in answer to my question in the Challenge thread.
This sounds really fun! and now I know why I kept all the coloured icecream sticks from when my kids were little (you know, over 30 years ago )
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Lurking for now. I've been looking for these sticks for a while here in France without success, so I may go for paper for now. I've printed the list for journals, that will be a start though they are not all relevant.
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Lurking for now. I've been looking for these sticks for a while here in France without success, so I may go for paper for now. I've printed the list for journals, that will be a start though they are not all relevant.
Lurkers welcome!

The lists provided are good examples, take what you can use and leave the rest for sure though.
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I've started my sticks (on card) so sign me up, but I'm terrified. I LIKE control !!!
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Any craft store should have them. I got the miniature size for an ATC I made once.
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Did you miss me in post #11? I would love to join this swap.
I did!! Glad to have you!
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