“Ladybug Plus One” ATCs

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Just a quick 3 for 3 ATC (artist trading card) swap over at ATCs for All.  I haven’t done one of these in a while and forgot how much fun they are.  This swap’s theme was hand drawn ladybugs and we were to add in at least one additional object from a list provided. I got carried away and drew more than that.

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Be sure and check out ATC swaps for an easy way to collect original art from all over the world.

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Thanks for stopping by  ~Scarlett

Altered Photo With Cross-Stitch (#3)

I brushed over the color copy of my photo with gel matte medium and let it dry overnight, face down, on an 8″ x 10″ framed canvas.  The image came out fairly clear so I didn’t need to do a second transfer like I did on my first one.

After I removed the paper, there was still a small un-printed area at the bottom right of the canvas and I’m not sure why.   It’s a learning process!

After doing a ‘half-face’ photo and a ‘whole face’ photo, I decided I like the look of the half-faces more.  They have a whimsical look that I like.

I took some watercolor pencils and added some color back into the red glasses and her lips…

 

And also her hair and eyes…

Added some fine detail with a .03 pen…

Then I started adding some stitching…

I was experimenting with using the stitching as texture and pattern instead of only accenting details in the photo.