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21  Re: Garnet Bear's ATC's *updated* Seal/Polar Bear set in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 31, 2007 08:38:57 PM
Made these for my sister, she broke her arm last week and I thought these might cheer her up.
Bristol cardstock for the characters, and blue cardstock used for the background.  Silver glitter glue for all of the bubbles and swirly bits, and the characters are mounted on 3mm foam squares (used for scrapbooking usually). I really like how these came out, I definitely want to make more like these.
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22  Re: come one! come all! post pics of your tattoos! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Garnet Bear on: March 30, 2007 05:21:11 AM
Tattoos, you say?  Here's my newest, I got him back in January.  It's my design, too, I finished the drawing the night before my tattoo appointment!  I'm usually never that happy with my art, but this little bear is my best friend.  At least I'll always have him to keep me company. Wink

(crappy camera phone picture)

And this bear is the one I designed for my husband.  It's on his back, shoulder to shoulder.
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23  Re: 'What do you look like?" atcs! in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 30, 2007 04:09:35 AM
I'll bite. Smiley
Halloween 06, my costume for work that day.  It was so comfy.  And bless my husband for getting me one of those label making machines, I'll never run out of letter stickers ever again!
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24  Re: Garnet Bear's ATC's *updated* in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 30, 2007 01:33:26 AM
More new ones, this time I used watercolor markers on bristol paper, then cut out my image and mounted it on cardstock with 3mm foam mounting dots, so the picture stands off of the background.  Gives an otherwise uninteresting drawing a little zazz.  They look pretty neat, but since they're so thick, they don't fit into standard soft or hard card protection sleeves, which makes them a little delicate.  I like how they turned out, though.  I'd like to experiment more with less "art" supplies (paper, pens, markers, glitter) and try more crafty things, like beads and yarn.  I have no idea how I'd integrate that stuff into these, though.

First try, a phoenix, with dark grey paper and some cheesy flames painted on the background with red and copper pearlescent paints:

Then did an angry bear.  I used watercolor markers for the base and some of the fur details, then highlited the fur with prismacolor pencils.  The background is just plain black pigment ink on yellow cardstock.  He's grumpy and I love him.

And then there are the "regular" ones, no fancy cutouts or anything.
Northwest-style scorpion for a trade with a friend:

I have four little pet rats, three are still babies, all of the babies are dumbos (ears on the side of her head instead of on the top).  My favorite of the babies is a black and white splotchy one named Orca.  I can't wait for summer fruit season, because then I get to see this:

While I was working on cards the other night, my husband drew one for me!  It's a dragon, and I will treasure it forever.

I'm working on a seal/polar bear 2 card set right now for my sister, she needs some cheering up and these might be just the thing to do it.
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25  Re: Cheshire Cats, Dragons, etc in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 23, 2007 08:41:46 PM

Pink Dragon (card was a little small for some reason, apparently I sucked when I was cutting it):

Zodiac "mrrt?!" (my cat always makes that noise for some reason)

Red Dragon:


Blue Dragon (I really like how this one came out)

Black Dragon (everyone needs an evil dragon every once in a while)
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26  Garnet Bear's ATC's *updated* Seal/Polar Bear set in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 21, 2007 06:41:40 PM
I finished 7 cards yesterday!
Cheshire Cats:

Dragons (I don't think I can part with Maleficent quite yet):

My Little Pony (with iridescent glitter)

NW Beaver:

Zuni Bear (experiment with glitter glue):

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27  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 19, 2007 09:54:19 PM
I like this idea, it's a good reason for me to stretch some artistic muscles and maybe even kinda tell my own story with the themes.  It's therapeutic.  Anyways, here's some of my takes on the first few.  Pictures linked rather than embedded because I'm not up over the magical 10 post mark yet.  I'm all sorts of new.

#1 - Introduction:  Hi, I'm an artistic bear living in the Pacific Northwest.  I kinda have a mad love for the local tribal art.

#2 - Love:  My husband is a grizzly bear, and I love him lots.  He has a great heart full of wonderful magic.

#3 - Light: Fire dragons get all of the cool shiny things. Smiley

#4 - Dark: skipped for now

#5 - Seeking Solace: My husband is my safe place.  He's all the solace I need.  Besides, bears in love are so cute.

#6 - Breakaway: I never thought I'd get a tattoo of my own art, but I broke my own rule and went for it in January.  It's on the inside of my forearm, my human anatomy SUCKS.  Animals are way more fun to draw.
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28  Re: "My First" ATC gallery for all the fabulous newbie ATC Artists in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Garnet Bear on: March 19, 2007 09:45:13 PM
Throwing my hat into the ring on this one.  Had to give these little "artistic potato chips" a try, so here's my first ATC's from a few nights ago.  They're Prismacolor pencils on some random cardstock I had stashed in my papercraft box.  At least I'm USING some of it now, I've had it forever!  Pictures linked because I'm not over the magical post count of 10 yet.

Cheshire Cat #1

Cheshire Cat #2

Asian Dragon #1

I've got some more over in the 100 themes challenge, figured I'd post them in their appropriate thread rather than double posting.
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