Midnight in New Orleans – ATC

The idea for this started with an illustration in Photoshop Secrets of the Pros showing an eerie, monochromatic image by Joen Asmussen. The clouds in the sky of that image inspired me to try a similar effect, using some of my own graphics.

I started with a public domain photo of a solar eclipse, courtesy of PDPhoto.org.

On top of that, I used part of a New Orleans cemetery photo from my own permission-free images CD, Eerie Pictures #2.

The translucent woman seated at the front of the picture is from another one of my CDs, Shameless Hussies 1.

I changed the color of the eclipse and increased the saturation. Then, I cropped the cemetery photo to fit, and adjusted the color to compliment the eclipse. Next, I added a drop shadow to that layer.

The woman came from the “Demure” folder on my Hussies CD. I used the Adobe Photoshop lasso tool to isolate her and then pasted her image onto the ATC. (The flowers in her photo perfectly matched the placement of a cemetery urn.)

Then I erased the superfluous areas of her picture, and created a duplicate copy of her image.

I positioned both of the images of the woman, one on top of the other. I made the top layer transparent, to about 28%.

On the lower layer, I desaturated the picture, reduced contrast, and then made it transparent enough for the background to show through.

With that completed, I began working on the top layer by first adjusting color and contrast to suit the background; after that, I reduced saturation for a vintage effect. Then, I tweaked the transparency of this layer and her other layer, below, until I achieved the balance that I wanted.

The font is Whiffy, a free font which I selected after trying to mix another font with Ruben (a “Disney’s Haunted Mansion” style font) without success.

As usual, this ATC is copyrighted, but you can download and print a full-size 3″ x 5″ card (at 150 dpi), here.

Reality/Imagination – A free poster and Artist Trading Card (ATC)

Free art! This is one of many Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that you can print from my Aisling.net website.

This card has been so popular, you can also print it as a free mini-poster, about 5″ x 7″.

world of imagination atc by aisling d'art

This ATC started out in a very strange way. I was working with pictures for a study of smoke and its effects on “ghost photos.” (Ghost Hunters Guide: ‘Ecto’ and Smoke)

I wanted to see if I could “lift” the smoke from the biggest photo, and collage it onto a creepy cemetery image.

Well, while I was trying to do that, after I’d cut some of the background from the photo, it looked very artsy… which started me thinking about ATCs.

The ATC was made in three layers:

1. A photo that I took outside a Houston restaurant a couple of weeks ago,

2. The altered layer with smoke, and finally,

3. The lamp post that I’d cut from the bottom layer and added as a third, top layer to make the lamp post more prominent.

The text is in the Papyrus font, which I use often. (To download a zipped copy of the Papyrus font for PC, right-click here.)

I like this ATC so well, I made a second copy of the design that will print as a 5″ x 7″ mini-poster. (If you turn it horizontally, you can print two copies on one sheet of paper.)

To download a printable copy of the ATC, right-click here. This ATC is 2.5″ x 3.5″ (at 150 pixels/inch) since I scaled it down from the mini-poster.

To download a printable copy of the mini-poster, right-click here. It also prints at 150 dpi, and will be 5″ x 7″.

As always, I retain the copyright to this artwork. However, you can freely reproduce this for your personal use, as long as you don’t alter anything except its size.

Face Behind the Words – Free digital ATC

face behind the words atc aisling d'art

I set my timer for one hour, and began this project early in the morning. My goal with each card in this series is to complete all of the art–from concept to finished image–in one hour each day.

This card started with a deliberately random choice of an image from the public domain, an Asian bell that is displayed at SeaWorld in San Diego, California.

The knobby-looking things on it reminded me of the vintage typewriter that I recently purchased at a yard sale, so I dashed down to our garage to photograph the keys. A few minutes later, the letters A, S, D, and F were pasted onto the bell image.

Then I started thinking about the imagery, and the silent women behind the typewriters in offices for most of the 20th century. So, I found an image on my own Shameless Hussies CD, and–after altering the image–placed her where I’d cut out broad areas of color in the bell. (Her image is very faintly repeated, smaller and in another color, towards the upper left side of the card.)

Next, I used another public domain photo of the Grand Canyon as the background for this collage. I significantly altered the hue and saturation in that photo.

Finally, I added the typed words, “I am,” with a drop shadow. Fonts are GF Halda Smashed for the typewriter, and Century Schoolbook for the card title & artist credit.

You can print your own copy of this ATC. Right-click on this link and save the image on your hard drive. Then, print the card at 150 dpi for a copy of the original 3″ x 5″ card, or alter the size to a more standard 2.5″ x 3.5″ card, or whatever you like.

I retain the copyright for this art card, but you can print it freely for your own non-commercial use, as long as you don’t alter anything except the size.

RESOURCES

  • PDPhoto.org: Public domain photos including the Asian bell and the background canyon scene.
  • My own copyright-free image CD, Shameless Hussies 1 (available from Cafe Press) for the photo of the woman.

Gold Leaf – a Free, Printable ATC

ATC - Gold Leaf

This 3″ x 5″ artist trading card (ATC) started with two photos that I’d taken in Petersburg, Virginia, at a Civil War battleground. Everything was fine until I needed to add a figure as the focal point.

An hour and a half later, I saved all of the layers that I was working with–to reuse later in other projects–and started over with just a few elements.

Adjusting hue and contrast, the card finally came together with the faerie-like sense of style that I wanted.

She is stepping out of the everyday world into her own fantasies made real. Oversized flowers and opulent, old-fashioned colors help her to leave routine behind and dance in a happier, more magical world.

I named this ATC “Gold Leaf” as a pun. Of course, the figure looks as if she’s wearing gold or gold leaf. And, among the plants, “gold leaf” could also refer to the daisy leaves.

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR FREE COPY OF THIS CARD

Right-click on the image and save the file (gold-leaf.jpg) to your hard drive. Print it at 150 pixels/inch as a 3″ x 5″ card. Or, if you prefer a smaller card, adjust the dimensions in your graphics program.

TUTORIAL

If you’d like to learn how this ATC was made, read Gold Leaf – ATC tutorial

Ghosts of the Old Saloon – a Texas ATC (R-rated)

Reminder: This image includes female, upper-body nudity (if you really look for it) and may not be office safe.

So, click back to the sitemap (or the previous page) if you don’t want to see this ATC (artist trading card).

Generally, my artwork does not include nudity.  If you know me in real life, I tend to lead a very G- or PG-rated life.  (Okay, my life may be odd, but I’m usually a squeaky-clean, Disney-type person.)

If you’re okay with images with upper-body nudity, scroll down.

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ghosts of the saloon ATC - old town spring, texas

This 3″ x 5″ ATC features a theme inspired by the Wunsche Bros. Cafe, which was a saloon in the “Old West” days of Old Town Spring, Texas. It was known for hard drinking, fast living cowboys, plus shoot-outs from the upstairs patio.

Well-bred women went out of their way to avoid that part of town.

Today, the restaurant is famous for great burgers, informal and eclectic decor, and at least one mischievous ghost.

The images in this ATC include a photo that I took at Wunsche Bros. Cafe.

If you are at the restaurant, ask for a (free) tour of the upstairs. You can still see the original room numbers over eight different “hotel rooms” that are mostly offices today.

The next layer is a nude (Comfy-chair 1) from my Shameless Hussies 1 CD.* I altered the colors, increasing magenta and yellow to mimic sepia tinting; then I inverted the color so that it turned out a good, aged-looking blue.

Over that, I placed sections of text from the 1817 & 1819 Farmer’s Almanacs (scans available on CD) and a yellow rose from PDPhoto.org (public domain photos).

I tweaked the layers making them various levels of transparent, increased the color saturation, and added the words “Old Town Spring” in faint letters over the woman’s head. All of the new text on the card is in the Rockwell Condensed font.

To download a ready-to-print copy of this ATC, right-click here and save the image to your hard drive. Print it at 150 dpi on your home printer.

As always, this image is copyrighted, but free for your personal, non-commercial use, as long as you don’t alter it in any way.

*My “Shameless hussies” CD includes (mostly) 19th century nudes — all of them tasteful — with no full frontal nudity. *ahem*  My mom was an artist (like her dad was) and, when I was growing up, we had a lot of figure studies around the house… pastel sketches that my mother had drawn when she attended Mass. Art. (Massachusetts College of Art)

So, my perspective on this kind of nudity may be different than yours.

If naked bodies offend you, avoid this CD.

Everlasting – free digital ATC

Everlasting by Aisling D'Art (c) May 2005

I was in the mood for a slightly eerie, somewhat nostalgic ATC. This is probably a lingering effect of a fabulous weekend in New Orleans, researching my book about ghosts in that city.

The ATC image started with my photo from a Concord, Massachusetts park, taken early one April morning.

Next, I added a little girl from one of my CD collections. I have no idea who she is, but she appealed to me for this particular card.

In front of her is some scanned text from Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations.

In back of her, just to her left, I added a Celtic cross photographed in Ireland, courtesy of pdphoto.org. I tried the cross in several places, and when it was slightly lower than the top of her head, it looked less ominous.

Finally, I added the word “everlasting” in Baskerville Old Face (font).

I tweaked the layers, did a lot with color and lighting effects, and finally resized the image so that it will print as a 3″ x 5″ ATC. (You can adjust the size on your own computer, if you’d prefer a smaller size.)

If you’d like to print this card at home, right-click on this link and save it to your hard drive. Then, print it at 150 pixels/inch.

The card is copyrighted, of course, but you can print it for your own use. After all, that’s what swaps–even digital ones–are for!

Dream – a free digital ATC (artist trading card)

This ATC was created in an hour; that’s the time I allowed myself for this project, each day. (I was trying to design and post one ATC, daily.)

I started with the background, which is a public domain photo of Ireland. (I’ve listed all of my resources, below.) Then I added a dramatic figure–slightly altered–from my Shameless Hussies 1 Clipart CD. (She is nude to the waist.)

After creating the text for the word, DREAM, I wanted to add a little more fantasy to the piece, so I started playing with some Dover butterflies.

I wanted a rich, faerie-like ATC, with a sense of wonder and magic. I was a little rushed, trying to complete this within an hour, but I’m pleased with the card as well as the challenge of this.

To print a full-size card at 150 pixels per inch, right click on this link and Save the image to your hard drive. Then, print it at 150 pixels/inch. The finished card should be 3″ x 5″, but you can reduce it down to 2.5″ x 3.5″.

This card is copyrighted, of course, but you can freely print it for your own non-commercial use, as long as you don’t alter it.

RESOURCES

  • The figure is from my Shameless Hussies 1 CD, available at Cafe Press
  • The background is a public domain photo of Ireland from PDPhoto.org.
  • The butterflies were altered from some copyright-free Dover images.
  • The font in the image is Buccaneer (but I tweaked it, big time), and the title/artist lines are in Century Schoolbook.

Choose Your View – printable ATC

“Choose Your View” – a digital ATC (artist trading card) that you can print… free!

Choose your view ATC by Aisling D'Art - click for printable version

click play button to hear ais’ comments

This ATC started out to be a Christmas/holiday-themed card. But, I’ve also been thinking about my June 2007 tour of England, and that may be why I chose a rather dramatic photo of England.

Then, I started thinking that it was an odd view for a holiday ATC, and the words, “Choose your view” came into my mind… in the exact font that I’ve used on this card.

At that point, I started thinking about alternative views… literal and figurative.

So, I flipped the image and started working on it. This included isolating areas of the original photo, and adjusting the contrast before coloring each area individually and adding the lens flare.

The card probably looks like a simple pair of photos. And, it would have been a five-minute project if I’d started with the color version and just needed to desaturate it and adjust contrast.

But, when the card was complete, I liked what it said to me. I’m not sure that anyone else will realize the point (the message) that I’m making with this card, but that doesn’t matter.

Choose the view that gives you a sense of wonder and beauty; that’s almost always the correct view.

Edgar Allan Poe Shrine – Free Print

My Edgar Allan Poe shrine was such a success, I scanned it and turned the art into a mini-poster.  You can download it and print it.poeprintYou can download a free print of this shrine. It’s in PDF format, designed to print at 150dpi on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

(In the UK: You may need to crop the top to print it on an A4 sheet.)

Also, the art is from a very old scan. You may want to scale it down to improve resolution.

Here’s the link: http://www.aisling.net/freebies/poebig.pdf

For more information about the original art, see my article about this shrine.

Journaling your past – free ebook

You can write your own life story in just 15 minutes a day.  Really.

I’m probably best-known for my personal journaling workshops and online art journals.

I want to share some of my journaling tips with you in this free ebook about
journaling your own history.

Journaling Your Past is a free 26-page ebook, and it’s like taking one of my popular workshops at home.  (This ebook was the foundation of my Artfest 2001 workshop of the same name.)

You’ll learn how to create a rich and rewarding journal of your personal and family history easily, in just 15 minutes a day.

Whether you’d like to record your life story for future generations, or introduce your family to the fascinating study of genealogy and family history, this is a great way to start.

This workbook includes class notes, reproduceable worksheets, and tips on how to teach this class yourself.

It’s also ideal for homeschoolers, Scouts or church groups, or for family evenings at home.

This ebook is a PDF that you can read with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.

To read or download this free ebook, click here:
Journaling Your Past by Aisling D’Art