Friday, 28 August 2015

ATC Swap & Friday Smile

I'm joining in with the 2015 ATC swap (Artist Trading Card) over at veryberryhandmade
The theme is "My Favourite......" and I chose to make my ATC in the style of my favourite artist.... Hundertwasser.
Here's my ATC, loosely after the style of his work.
I started with cuttings of brightly coloured fabric
then used a glue pen to secure them lightly to a background of black Vilene then I layered some fine tulle over all the bits.
I machine tacked a mount of black card (slightly larger than the finished size) to fix everything together and this created a stiff frame for stitching over. 
First the contours .....

then the detailed design....
I really enjoyed the challenge of making it and it amazed me that there was so much to consider in making something so tiny... it's only 2.5 x 3.5 ins.
It has already been posted to Yeovil in Somerset to Laura and I hope she likes it. She said that she loves bright colours so it should be just right for her.
Now I'm dying to see the ATC I receive from someone else in the world. 
Later....the postman arrived with a spotty envelope from Edinburgh and inside was a black & white spotty tissue parcel and inside that was my super ATC from Sherry. 
Thanks so much Sherry for all your beautiful handstitching and super ideas, the tiny cute bunting, straberry and flowers etc., but especially the teeny weeny polka dot bikini all in French knots. Love it!
and on the back......
Make the most of it... Autumn is nudging in!

It has been such good fun and I look forward to seeing all the other entries. 
Pop over to veryberryhandmade for the link to them all.

I have a huge smile on my face so I'll move over to Annie's
I'm tagging in an entry to Annie's Friday Smile at the end of this post.

We had a day out at the Southport Flower Show last weekend and found yet another giant seat to try out. Remember the one I posted from Chester a couple of weeks ago?
The only trouble this time ...I had a quite job clambering up to sit on this deck chair (whilst DH just laughed), it had been raining (hence those sensible boots) and then I had a rather wet bottom when I finally managed to struggle down again!
 I loved this outdoor loo but they could have put a door on it!
 These were my favourite flowers at the show


Robyn Oliver said...

Hi JO and happy Friday. WOW your ATC is amazing, what a fabulous job you did, so creative and thanks for the pics of how you made it. Love that outdoor loo and all the flowers - I've been out watering mine and see they need some TLC but I've plenty of time now to potter. Have a great weekend Cheers Robyn

Annie said...

Hi Jo.....Yep you def had me smiling. I love the pic of you in that huge chair....really don't think I could have got in it so well done you. Gorgeous flowers too....I guess the ones on the loo got plenty of watering ;-)
Annie x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That ATC is amazing! Thank you for showing the step by step process, it was fascinating. Lucky girl who's going to get that in the post!!
Hugs, LLJ xxxx

sue jones said...

Wow so much work in creating that fab ATC!! Its beautiful.
Love all the photos especially the loo ( my aunt used to have one at the bottom of her garden - i hated using it as a child! Have a great week- Soojay 8

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Jo, he could anyone not love that magnificent ATC.
Absolutely gobsmakingly beautiful ...
I must say I am so glad that you posted all the steps as it really brings it more to life.

I love the giant deckchair, with little you in it... And also the dendrobian orchids are magnificent also they are native to Australia you know and my neighbour grows them.
Hugs dear friend, Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Twiglet said...

A lovely post Jo - I chuckled at the wet bottom - was it the rain or just the result of too much laughte?!lol (Annie and I know that feeling!!). Gorgeous plants too. Your ATC is a little beauty - you are such a clever thing. x Jo

Dotty Jo x said...

Fabby ATC - you did a great job! Love the pics, Jo x

tilly said...

love all the bright colours and stunning designs on your ATC.....and a super one you received in return......the flower show looked great, missed this year but already planning for next.
Tilly x

Lisca Meijer said...

What a beautiful ATC. I hadn't realised it was an ATC until you mentioned the size! Wow!
I loved looking at your photos of the flower show. Yes, you must have got a wet bottom!
Thanks for commenting already,
Have a good week, See you soon,

Barb said...

Your ATC is beautiful work. Very artistic and I'm sure the recipient will be more than delighted. That's a cracker you got from Sherry too. L love you photos, especially you in the deckchair. My goodness you do get into some funny places. Have a lovely week. Barbxx

Lynn Holland said...

Super smiley pictures Jo especially the deckchair one. I'm having a real chuckle xx

mamapez5 said...

Your ATC is gorgeous. What a lot of work!
Beautiful flowers too. I miss my visits to Shrewsbury flower show. Kate x

Hettie said...

Your ATC is gorgeous. They are a lot of work, but worth it at the end.
That chair looks fantastic. Very funny.