I would say my blog posts have been sporadic this summer...but really they have been non-existent. My apologies! It has been one crazy summer. But, no time like the present to get back on track and back to writing more regularly.
I do actually have some art news to share with you, but I will save that for a later blog post. Today, I just wanted to jump in to let you know of a new little eBay contest I decided to participate in this week, called Halloween 31.
|"Three Witches" - watercolor & mixed media (stamping/ink)|
From time to time, I create and post little works of art for a group called ACEO Theme Week on eBay (ACEO-stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are small works of art or prints that are 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches - the size of a baseball trading card). I tend to prefer to work a bit larger than ACEO size, but sometimes the contest strikes my fancy and I try to come up with something. The normal ACEO TW contest starts on the 1st of the month each month and the little works of art revolve around a monthly theme.
However, the group occasionally also puts together a mid-month challenge, as is the case this October. This week, they started the Halloween 31 challenge. ACEO works must be Halloween-themed. Auctions on ebay must start on October 13th. They must run for 7 days. And all auctions must start at $0.31. I thought it sounded like a fun little challenge, and a way for me to use up some of my "color blocks" and be a little crafty at the same time (by using stamps and embossing).
|"Black Cat and Bat" - watercolor & mixed media (stamping/embossing)|
What are color blocks? Well, when it comes to art supplies, I try to be frugal. I hate to see any strip of watercolor paper go unused! Typically, when I am painting, I will have a small or medium piece of watercolor paper off to the side that I use as a test strip for my color and saturation, which I often use before laying paint down on my larger painting. These test strips often result in big sections of color and texture. But what to do with these? I hate to just throw them out. And they are frequently quite interesting combinations of color, line, movement, and textures. So, I hang on to them.
|"Beware" - watercolor & mixed media (stamping/embossing)|
I will use some of them to make hand-made cards for friends and family. Sometimes I cut the color blocks into squares or rectangles and mat them into small, abstract paintings. And, that's what I decided to do for this ACEO challenge (minus the mat board - ACEOs don't usually come matted).
In order to qualify as "Halloween-themed" I needed to add something extra to these little color blocks. Good excuse to go shopping! Ha! I found some cute Halloween stamps and black embossing powder at the local craft store. With my color blocks, embossing tools and ink in hand...my little Halloween 31 ACEOs were born.
|"Boo" - watercolor & mixed media (stamping/embossing)|
"Is this 'fine art'?" you might ask. Should I be spending my time creating little ACEO paintings instead of working on my larger projects? Well...I say that sometimes I need a fun little project to get my juices flowing again. Sometimes I have to break out of my regular "lane" to make my art brain think in a different way. Sometimes I need to work on something that still allows me to watch my little boys while they are playing. And, sometimes, I just have to take an hour to be "crafty." :)
|"Trick or Treat" - watercolor & mixed media (stamping / embossing)|
I created eight little entries for this ACEO challenge. All the auctions start at just $0.31 and will end on October 20th.
|"Wicked" - watercolor & mixed media (stamping/embossing/brad)|
You can search Halloween31 ACEO on eBay to see all the auctions that are listed from all artists. Or, you can click here to see all of mine.