Gratitude, Collage Tips, Newly Listed Art

 Field Notes

Field Notes – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

Today’s Creating Art Cards (Artist Trading Cards, ATC’s, ACEO’s) Tip!

Remember this tip? I’ve received quite a few questions about how I mount my cards to the mat board… It’s really so simple. I use a permanent glue stick, and my bone folder to burnish it firmly to the surface. Some of my painted backgrounds, are too thick to use the glue stick… so I use gel medium instead.

 Believe In Your Magic

Believe In Your Magic – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

Another question I’m asked frequently is what I use to seal my collages.. If a collage needs sealed (not all do) … I use Krylon’s Matte Finish Spray. This is also fabulous for the pieces that have glossy elements, that I don’t want glossy… it helps to unify the collage. I love this stuff!

 Be Mine XO

Be Mine XOXO – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

I’m also addicted to their Workable Fixatif Spray.. I use it to keep charcoal, inks, watercolors etc. from smudging while I work. I swear by this stuff.

 Happy

Happy – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

Now you tell me something — what tips do you most want to hear? A girl can’t give away all her secrets.. but I’ll share what I can!

 Strangely Good & Full Of Grace

Strangely Good & Full of Grace – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist – Chrysti

“The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream.”

Thank You all SO very much for your continued support! I’m slowly reaching my goal for my medical bill fundraiser with all these pieces — and I am so much more then grateful! I’m truly touched by your kindness, support and positive thoughts — I am indeed blessed.

Don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway in my earlier post! These giveaways, are just a small way for to express my gratitude.

-Chrysti

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Collage Tip, Newest Giveaway – Hectic Lives!

Fragile

Fragile – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Art Squared Piece
4″ x 4″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”

What a perfect piece to kick this off. Fragile. Much like I have been these past 6 months. Mentally, physically, and everything in between (if that’s at all possible).

I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing feeling it has been this week, slowly working towards my goal of regaining control over my lil life. I have found freedom within my art and a hope I forgot existed within my surroundings … a tediously slow process, but one well worth taking. After all, It is the difficult journeys, that are the most worthwhile.

Initially, I intended to write a full entry here, but as I began to – that dreaded ‘I’m so behind, I’m so utterly overwhelmed feeling‘ started to take me over once again. I will show you some photos of my studio this week.. and you’ll begin to understand why! I’m going to use the time I set aside for writing here, to continue cleaning, and creating in there today. Hopefully – I’ll get one step closer towards not having that one small thing hang over my head. Besides, art time always does me good!

 Beware of Dog

Beware of Dog – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Art Squared Piece
4″ x 4″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

“Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it”
~Hans Selye

Ha! I felt like that proverbial dog.. just ready to snap, at any given moment, for any given reason. Some days, I still do, but I feel myself rising out that with every small step I take. So very empowering!

 Bundled Up

Bundled Up – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 Desire

Desire – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

“Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify”
~Henry Thoreau

And that, IS my deepest desire right now. It’s why you haven’t seen me ‘around’ as much recently. In order to get everything in order, I have to step back from some things and take that time and use it a bit more wisely. Getting organized once again, is quite possibly the best thing I have done for myself in a very long time. My health, really set me back in that department.. and it’s time, long overdue – to put a full force effort into doing what needs done to thoroughly enjoy living again. Quite often, like most of us – I focus on what everyone else needs, it’s ‘me’ time now. A Huge undertaking, but as I mentioned earlier.. one that’s worth it.

I feel like a broken record some days.. but bear with me while I get everything in order, I promise – it’ll be well worth the wait! I have some fabulous ideas I can’t wait to take action on… but not until this is all done! So emails, etc will continue to take a backseat as I continue this Mission: Life Organization quest.

 Treasure

Treasure – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Altered Artist Chrysti

Today’s Contest: The first 5 people to comment with their best organization/time management tip, will receive one of these brand new, fun David & Goliath Disco Queen Briefcase Purses! I’ll contact you using the email address you provide in the comments section for your address.

 Why Birds Sing

 Why Birds Sing

Why Birds Sing – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Today’s Creating Art Cards (Artist Trading Cards, ATC’s, ACEO’s) Tip!

Ever have a collage, that just doesn’t seem to seamlessly blend, when all elements don’t’ quite work together? Try unifying your collages with a wash of watered down gesso, tinted glaze, watercolor or even watered down paint.. apply a thin layer across your entire piece, or rub the glaze into the crevices. Spatter paint with a toothbrush across it all, spray walnut ink .. the possibilities are endless. Fear is what usually stops us from trying that one extra step – don’t let it get the best of you! What have you got to lose?

Come back tomorrow for another give-a-way and a new tip!

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 Strong Love

Strong Love – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 That Happy Time

That Happy Time – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

 True Love

True Love – For Sale Here!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Well now, I ended up writing anyway didn’t I? Still, not as much as I intended, so that’s progress! Well, my hands & wrist are sore from all this computer time… time for me to scoot off here, and go make some more sense of my studio!

Thanks for visiting! Chrysti

New Art, Creating Collage Tips & Giveaways!

 cah-aceo-hishappyhours-june2006

His Happy Hours – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

You’ll notice, I opted to include the new art pieces throughout my post .. it just looks prettier then a garbled up glop of text. Clicking the photos, will take you to a larger picture that opens in a new window… Clicking the title will take you to it’s place of sale (new window as well). Some are up for auction, some can bought now through e-bay and etsy.

“I never decided at all to be an artist; being an artist seems to have happened to me.”
-Anne Truitt

 cah-aceo-loveatfirstsight

Love at First Sight – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Remember when I mentioned I wasn’t comfortable with my blog becoming yet another “for sale” site? Well, for at least the next few weeks there’s no getting around the fact I’ll be trying to list daily. It’s more then a financial necessity for me right now, and a guaranteed way I get to do what I love daily – art! I appreciate your support – by way of bids, purchases, and comments. I can’t thank you all enough.

“If [dabbling in art] didn’t amuse me, I beg you to believe that I wouldn’t do it.”
Renoir

 cah-aceo-familyheritage-june2006

Family Heritage – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Though there will be many posts that aren’t related to my art sales .. I’ve decided that the blog entries that do center around them, will each contain some kind of tip, or trick for creating Collages, Artist Trading Cards, and ACEO’s. I hope you’ll find these useful! Some may be new knowledge, others may just be a reminder.. either way, I hope you’ll find them to be a benefit in your own creations.

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
-Salvador Dali

 cah-aceo-cutiepatootie

Cutie Patootie – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

For those that have asked -No! I didn’t just do all of these Art Cards recently, many have been started months and months ago… as long ago as last fall, and I’m just getting around to finishing them now. Bonus – a cleaner studio, and a more disciplined artist!

Speaking of a cleaner studio, contact me with your address if you’d like a RAK (random act of kindness) envelope with collage goodies! I will be sending these out over the next few months. Other days, I’ll hold contests here.. it does pay to read!

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
-Salvador Dali

 cah-aceo-embrace

Embrace – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

Today’s Creating Art Cards (Artist Trading Cards, ATC’s, ACEO’s) Tip!

Finish off those card edges! Don’t leave them raw!

I’ve seen so many Art Cards that just seem, well unfinished, or unpolished. A simple way to correct this .. is to simply finish your edges! It will unify your piece, and give it a more polished look. Ink the edges with an ink pad, use paints, ribbon, beads.. anything you can think of! My favorite is the $1.00 dye based ink pads you can get at A.C. Moore in brown.. that thing gets a daily beating from me!

 cah-aceo-adore-june2006

Adore – For Sale!
One of a Kind Collectible Art Card (ACEO)
2.5″ x 3.5″
by Raleigh, NC Outsider Artist Chrysti

“When I’ve painted a woman’s bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.”
-Pierre Auguste Renoir

And with that… this entry is finished! -Chrysti