Friday, April 15, 2011

Spiral Goddess Screw-up

I joined a new site called swap-bot and was excited to do my first swap... an ATC (or ACEO depending on who you ask).  The website assigns you a partner to send to and when I looked at her profile, the swirl goddess came to mind so I set out doing a few cards... after I did 4 (two I was happy with, 2 I wasn't so sure), I sprayed fixative to finalize them and quickly learned that the ink I used did not go with the fixative I used.  To my disappointment, the ink just bled all over the place.  :(

This is the result of being self-taught.  I end up spending more time agonizing over which mediums to use rather than what to draw.  This has kept me in the art closet for way too long.  In the past I would have been so embarrassed that I would not have shared this with you but I'm changing my ways.  Okay self, so you screwed up, so what.  Pick yourself up and try again. :)

card 1
I learned the colored pencils (first I used white then silver) did not work with this thick board (my lines look all fuzzy since I had to work to engrave them):

card 2
the ink lines were sharp and though the card might seem plain like the first, the design was growing on me.

then spray made it look like this (ew)

Card 3
Oh what a pretty girl!
I could not wait to get my hands on her and fill her with color!

Then spray made her look like this (more ew! and a sad face!)

Card 4
This was actually the first card I did but saved it for last because it was the one I decided to trade. 

Even though its not as perfect as I wanted it to be, I still liked it.  I matted it, included some of my art cards and mailed it off today (let it go into the universe).

Bye bye spiral goddess.  Hopefully the next time we meet I will treat you as a better muse!


  1. Your designs are lovely! And just think how much you're learning!

  2. Thank you Debra!!
    I'm trying to look at it that way instead of getting down on myself which has been my previous pattern. Thanks for commenting! :)

  3. Misty, from trying we succeed ;o) I wish I could help you out with the pencils, but I only use acrylic paint. You know, I would love the smudgy aceo's ;o) It's because I love your art and I know you put all your love into it ;o) Hugs!

  4. I'm with Magic Love Crow (Um, actually almost, I don't use acrylic paint or paint at all lol) in the learning bit. I think the "smudgy" goddess is just lovely (that would show you what I know of art) It just feels like she has a misty feeling about her.

  5. I love your Goddess ACEOs! All of them. They may not have been what you had in mind, but they a gorgeous all the same :-) Thanks so much for sharing...we are all on a learning curve ♥

  6. Dear Magic Love Crow, Magaly and Jo-Ann,
    Thank you for such lovely comments. Send me your address, I'll send you a spiral goddess. :D

  7. Hey there, they are really beautiful, I can imagine how annoying that is for it to have got smudged. I don't know if it helps but it took me 9 months of trial and error to figure out that pen and ink was the right medium to use for my work. I tried EVERYTHING before that...(I did study fine art in college but all my learning came through my own experimenting after college) so if anything I reckon you're on the right track!

  8. I think your cards and designs are fantastic. I am sure your partner will be SUPER honored to have the one(s) you decide to send to her. I am positive I would be. Those are magnificent.
    Keep experimenting, it's what it's all about. You will have some very lucky partners that get your work.
    Enjoy Swap-bot - it's an awesome site!

  9. Hi Misty,

    Thanks so much for hopping over to my blog with your super sweet comments:D

    I think that the spray bleed actually wasn't bad at all....hope the recievers of your images love them and appreciate them.

    Be well Misty and have a wonderful week.

  10. Thank you Thank you Thank you!! :D You all inspire me!! :D


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