After a wonderful weekend in New Orleans, I was in the mood for a slightly eerie, somewhat nostalgic ATC.
The ATC image started with my photo from a Massachusetts park, taken early one April morning.
Next, I added a public domain photo of a little girl. 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!
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.
- 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” – a digital ATC (artist trading card) that you can print… free!
This ATC started out to be a Christmas/holiday-themed card. For some reason, I chose a rather dramatic photo of England. Maybe it was my frame of mind at that moment. I don’t know.
Almost immediately, I realized it was an odd view for a holiday ATC. Creepier than I’d had in mind.
The words “Choose your view” came into my mind and became the theme for 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 brings you joy. It’s almost always the best one.
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.You 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: https://aisling.net/freebies/poebig.pdf
For more information about the original art, see my article about this shrine.
The following ATCs are free for you to download and print.
By the light (R-rated for nudity) – A nude figure and flowers.
Dream (R-rated for nudity)- Faerie themed, with a nude in a woodland setting.
Everlasting – Eerie image of a little girl with teddy bear.
Face behind the words – A mix of historical, Asian and feminist elements.
Ghosts in the old saloon (R-rated for nudity) – Inspired by a Texas ghost story.
Gold Leaf – A card with an illusion of gold.
Gold Leaf – ATC tutorial – How the card was made.
Memories – A nostalgic ATC.
How the Memories ATC was made – a four-part tutorial:
How to Create a Digital ATC
Adding more layers
Giving it meaning
Finishing the ATC
Midnight in New Orleans – A dark and eerie ATC.
Nevermore – An ATC tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.
Haunted New Orleans #1 – A digital collage of Pirate’s Alley.
Reality/Imagination – another free, printable ATC, and a free poster, too.
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 one of my favorite workshops with you in this free PDF about journaling your own history.
Journaling Your Past is a free 26-page manual, and it’s like taking one of my workshops at home. (This PDF 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, reproducible 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 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
You can make your own family history shrine or display using this free 14 page PDF.
- This illustrated ebook includes a supply list, plus step-by-step instructions.
- It also includes helpful tips for finding family photos, preparing them, and assembling your own family history shrine.
- In addition, you will find suggestions for teaching this as a workshop.
You can download it as a PDF file, and share that link with others.
You have my permission to make additional copies for other people.
The only conditions are:
- Keep my copyright notice on each page and
- Don’t charge money (beyond what you were charged, per copy) to distribute it.
You can also freely teach this as a workshop using this PDF as a handout. Just make it clear that I’m the one who designed the project.
Family History Shrines – PDF file