Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Asian Swap Artist Trading Cards

Just finished the ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a swap related to the Asian New Year. I decided to make them all different this time (I typically make ATCs for a swap all the same). Some of these I like better than others. Plus, I made an extra that I can keep for myself... not sure which one I want though :)

The backgrounds of all the cards are the same - I used a Korean text wrapping paper (from a gift from one of our Korean "daughters." On top of that I included bird and foliage images cut from Japanese rice paper napkins that are very delicate.

Year of the Tiger - 2010, I used the tiger from a Chinese "red envelope" that Claire got at school as one of her classmates shared her Chinese heritage.
I like this ATC a lot, even though it is not complex in its design. The dragon comes from some cool wrapping paper I have used in other artwork. The tassel is Korean and one we purchased when in Korea.
For this card I used "sea glass" found on Milwaukee area beaches on our annual Father's Day walk on the beach. Although not Asian (I wonder if sea glass washes up on Asian beaches too), the green color was a nice complement to the bird picture and adds some dimension to the card.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Seol Nal - Korean Lunar New Year 2010 - Year of the Tiger

Here is the annual picture from the Seol Nal - the Korean Lunar New Year Celebration our Korean adoptive family event. Claire is wearing a new hanbok this year, as her "baby" one didn't fit any longer. Jaden will need to get a new one next year.

The kids enjoyed the various crafts and activities - as always. Here they are making spinning tops.
The kids and I, posing in front of a beautiful tiger painting done by one of Mrs. Min's friends, just for this occasion.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Beauty in a Snowstorm

We are in the middle of a winter storm warning- 24 hours, 12 inches. Saw this little guy watching me, very resplendent surrounded by the white snow.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Valentine Swap

Here is the valentine I created for a swap. Looking forward to getting one back that was made by another artist. I'm not overly pleased with mine. There were a number of requirements: a button sewn on, doily, lace, use of the color red, addition of music/notes.