Monday, March 31, 2008

ATC 1 Compassion has no limit

Here is your link for the day: It is short for NAtional BLOg POst MOnth. Actually, they are having a YEAR!!! But I'm taking it gently. They also have monthly themes and April's theme is Letters. This includes both letters as in notes one writes on paper, and the letters of the alphabet. The deal is to sign up with them and then blog every day for a month, (or a year), and somebody wins a prize at the end.
I thought that I would give this a try. I could make an ATC each day with a letter on it, (either kind), and that would be in keeping with my theme of writing this book about ATC's.

The book is going REALLY well. It is in the proofreading stage just now and when it gets all polished I will publish and send notification out to you! Yay! It really is a splendid book: so full of ideas. I can hardly wait until you see it!

So I owe you a photo of those ATC's from my last post. Here you are:

This is an ATC from the first lesson in the book. It is a magazine photo collage, which is what we did at our first Library Swap meeting in February, but this one has a bit of a twist in that I was just looking for blues to make my background. I liked the words on the teatag, which I added later and they fit well with the globe that I had found and the "YOUR NAME HERE" that I cut from one of those fake credit cards one gets in her junk mail.

If you would like notification about the book, or the Library Swaps, or any of the goings on in my studio, to come directly to your email inbox please go sign up at It is REALLY easy: click this link here, and then click JOIN on that page. Give them your whereabouts and you're in. Never miss a workshop, or an opening!

See you tomorrow, here or there - R

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Radio Fun!

Hey! The radio was fun yesterday! I was just absurdly nervous beforehand, but once I got there, in the studio with Cathy, (Melio, WERU-FM,, Off The Cuff show on Wednesday afternoons), I calmed down. Cathy is so warm and lovely. We chatted about ATC's at the library: and about my new book, due out soon, which gives tips and lessons in Library ATC Swapping, info forthcoming at and about my first book "Nannee" at and I was delighted by the ohh's and ahh's that Cathy gave to my ATC's when she saw them. Now Cathy is an artist in her own right, one whose work I love, and so her ooh's mean something! Thank you Cathy for a great time!

And then I came home and dinner had been prepared for me and my kids by a friend! Thank you Sue! I am enchanted. still.

I thought that I would give you a peek at what I have been working on for the book: "The Great Library ATC Swap"... Eeps! Wrong picture - too many pixels. I will retake that and load it later today. Have a lovely morning. Back again in a bit.

Monday, March 17, 2008

ATC Book!

First: here's a link for something fun for your ATC's, for your Easter cards, even for your Equinox greetings: http://countdown. tentwostudios. com It's all just FREE!

AAAND, if you haven't seen this, prepare to be amazed: It is a Swan Lake dance. Oh, My!

And the rest of what I have to tell you is that I am busy, very busy, writing a book about ATC's. (Yes!!!) It has a good deal of "how-to", which is taking all my love of detail. :) I hope to be publishing through, and I will keep you posted. It is taking up all of my work time: I am in my studio rediculously early and keep staying too long... but it is so much fun, and I am enjoying the process.

I am making lots, and lots, and lots of ATC's. You'll see them all in the book.
I'm off! - R

Friday, March 7, 2008

a couple of ATC's

Hi there, Nothing particularly new to share today other than that I had a lovely

ATC date with Iris and friends at the Library yesterday. I loved it. Making art with other art friends nearby. Lovely.

These were don a week or two ago:
This one is a base card layer, then purple tissue painted on with gel medium, then a dictionary definition of "haven" then yellow mulberry paper, again painted on with the gel medium - notice how it makes it quite transparent? Cool. Lastly I wrote: "art is a haven."
This is one of my "fake zetti" cards: stripes, painted cheeks ...I put her on an origami background with a multi-layered word dticker: dreams.

See you soon.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I'm going to be on the radio!!!!!

This is so exciting! I am going to be on the radio at WERU (, for those of you in reach of their webstream ... well, all of you!) Check it out: Wednesday, March 19th, on Cathy Melio's show: Off The Cuff, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, I think that I will be on a little later in the program.

Cathy, in her day job, is the Education Director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Crafts, a gallery in Rockport just down the street from the Library. We saw each other at the Library a while back when I was there setting up the ATC Swap. Cathy and I have been artist acquaintences for a long time. Cathy was instrumental in bringing the Altered Book art show to the community last fall.

Anywhooo, Cathy invited me to speak on her radio show and we have just confirmed the date of the 19th. I will be telling the story of The ATC Swap at the Library, explaining a bit about how to make ATC's, and, in general, enthusing with Cathy about how art makes the world go round.

Well, let's give you some visual treats for your day:
Here is an ATC called: Come In, Sit Down
An interesting note about this one - which is made on metal tape, more info on that on the ATC page at - is that the chairs are leftovers from one of the altered books that I made for the Rockport Library's altered book art show, the one that Cathy Melio helped to stage, y'know... These chairs were on the rolled paper beads, that made the necklace, that resides in the encylopedia/jewelry box, that is available for loan now at the Library.
And here is another ATC: "My Lady"

Another metal tape ATC.

Have a great day. I hope that you have lots of art in it! (I don't think that I have ever been on the radio before. Oh! My! Goodness!!!! I hope that you will listen in!)