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 ghost stories.

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.

Anyway…

I started with my own photo from the restaurant’s upper floor.

The layer over that is a nude. 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 and a yellow rose from PDPhoto.org (public domain photos).

I tweaked the layers making them various levels of transparent. I also 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.

Everlasting – free digital ATC

Everlasting by Aisling D'Art (c) May 2005

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!

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

 

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.

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: https://aisling.net/freebies/poebig.pdf

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

Free ATCs to Print

Online picture of a free poster and ATC - Imagination by Aisling D'ArtThe 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.

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.

Journaling Your Past - free workbookI 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

Family history shrines

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.

DOWNLOADS:

Family History Shrines – PDF file