Saturday, January 8, 2011

silver and black

Silver and Black was the last color combination of 2010 for 'colour groupies' ~ a small group of artist friends. Working with color combos, we make ATCs on a monthly basis and exchange them. The group consists of me, Frieda Oxenham, Debby Harriettha, Caryl Hoobler, and next year -Tristan Robin Blakeman will be returning, yay! I have put together an Animoto video slideshow to showcase all of the ATCs I've created for this group in 2010. You can watch it by clicking here -it's about 3 minutes long, and you'll also find it in the sidebar. I obviously love animoto videos!!

My silver and black ATCs started with a piece of black velvet paper. I would not be surprised if I've had this in my possession (stash!) since I worked in a rubber stamp store some 12-15 years ago!! I remember selling it when I worked there. Anyway, I found it when rummaging through a pile of papers in the garage (which have yet to be put away in my studio) and thought it would be perfect. My first idea was to stamp it with Brilliance ink, silver. Click for a larger view . . .

Then I cut the black velvet paper to ATC size
and added paper images from ARTchix Studio to each one.
I used my xyron to make them into stickers.

My Krylon Metallic Silver pen came in handy -
I do love to splatter!

The cards were placed on a black cardstock backing as the velvet paper is not substantial enough. I ran the metallic pen around all of the edges too.

* for caryl *

* for debby *

* for frieda *

* for me! *
I have 2 notebooks (3 years!) that contains 1 ATC
on each color combo theme that each one of us has done.
It is great to look back and see all the color variations!
One person's idea of silver & black or mango & ivory is different from another's!

This is my 3rd year completing this exchange and I have 2 very full and beautiful notebooks now. I love this exchange because my friends encourage and inspire me . . . and they challenge me! The first colour combination of 2011 is Turquoise and Copper, so look for that from me later in the month. You can also check out the blogs of the other members, linked above. Have a great day - do something creative!  ; ^ D


  1. Gorgeous ATC's, Lenna. Great colour combo and i love the deliberate splatter!


  2. I love my gorgeous ATC! And like you I treasure all my Colour Groupies ATCs. Together they map the years we've been doing this!

  3. Wonderful, wonderful art as always, Lenna. Sure like the idea of a color challenge. Not to be a copy-cat, maybe I'll explore that idea on my blog and make a new group.

  4. That is a wonderful idea, Susan! Our group is closed with 5 of us because we want to keep it small, but you could certainly use the idea to form your own group! It is a great challenge.

  5. Lenna your ATC's are fantastic, love that the silver and black fits so perfect together.

  6. Wow, Lenna, your ATCs are glitzy and glamorous! I really like how you show how you got started, in your first picture. Silver and black happens to be one of my favorite combinations to work with in designing jewelry...and turquoise and copper is yet another favorite!

  7. This is a luscious combination of colors Lenna, and your images fit so perfect! The splatters are fantastic....I love these!

  8. I love seeing what the different Colour Groupies create, too fun! I love the images you used, perfect for this color combo too! Welcome back to Tristan!

  9. Love the drama of black and white and what you've done with it on your lovely ATCs.

    Your blog header is inspiring too!
    Happy New Art Week



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