“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.
“By the Light…” – a digital ATC for you to print
I was in a frivolous, mischievous mood today, and something just clicked for me when I saw this image of the moon. In other words, the visual puns are entirely deliberate.
I started with an image from the Bare Bottoms folder on my Shameless Hussies 1 CD. (Those images are copyright-free and in the public domain.)
Over this, I placed a new photo of the moon, from PDPhoto.org. I actually used that image twice on each panel: Once, small and exactly as it appears at PDPhoto.org; the second time I enlarged it to the size of the card and inverted the color in Adobe Photoshop.
On top of the darker moon image, I applied some text and imagery from an old Alchemy book that I own.
After flipping the image and altering the color, I added text in the Rudelsberg Regular font. Then, I filled in the background with a copyright-free flower image from PDPhoto.org, and altered the colors to match the card.
As usual, I retain the copyright on this ATC, but it’s free to print for your own use, as long as you don’t alter it.
To print your own copy, save this file to your hard drive and print it at 150 dpi. The finished card will be 3″ x 5″.
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://www.aisling.net/freebies/poebig.pdf
For more information about the original art, see my article about this shrine.
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 PDF about journaling your own history.
Journaling Your Past is a free 26-page manual, and it’s like taking one of my popular 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, 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
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