Marriage is a solemn and binding promise. Even those of us who opt for a civil wedding rather than a Christian or other religious ceremony are reminded of its essentially grave and restrictive nature, courtesy of stern words on the wall of the register office. Marriage, in my ATC for December’s CMP Exchange, is more of a shiny purple-and-gold promise. Much preferable to all that solemnity.

Artist Trading Card (2.5″ x 3.5″) Original, 1/1
Gouache & pen on cardstock

November’s end


For my contribution to November’s CMP ATC exchange on the theme “Remember”, I cut out and pasted strips of various greens from an art materials catalogue, collaging over them a representation of a Remembrance Day poppy whose black centre marks my first ever artistic use of a hole punch! The piece is fixed with a spritz of craft varnish, the downside being that it has scanned poorly, but hopefully the recipient will find something to like about the card itself. I enjoyed making it!

ATC Original (2.5″ x 3.5″)

Collage & pen/gouache on cardstock



I’m enjoying my experiments with different media in the small format of the Artist Trading Card. (Link included for those of you who’ve confessed you had not a clue what I was on about in previous entries!)

ATC Original: “Sacred Geometry”
3.5 x 2.5″
Gold leaf, watersoluble wax pastel, pen & spray varnish on cardstock

This one’s for a fellow member of the ATC exchange organized by Amy of the Creative Mom Podcast, in response to the September prompt: “Pattern”. I go all tingly at the idea of underlying patterns in nature, as in art. Though the mathematical accuracy of my own golden spiral would fail to withstand even a casual glance, I’m happy with the finished piece. Just hope the recipient is too!