For my birthday last week, one of my dear friends sent a gift wrapped in pink flamingo paper. Seeing this reminded me of Pink Floyd, Utah's Chilean pink flamingo. Floyd escaped from Tracy Aviary in 1988 and found a new home at one of our bird refuges out at the Great Salt Lake. The lake is teeming with brine shrimp and Floyd had it all to himself. Although I never saw him in person, I would get so excited at every sighting of him on the local news or newspaper. We haven't heard about him in a long time but his memories stir up ideas of freedom and living life on your own terms. I miss you Floyd, you make me very happy.
In honor of Floyd, I designed these artist trading cards. This all happened simply because of the wrapping paper.
To find the most intact and least damaged images, I smoothed out the wrapping paper the best I could. I love the imperfections in the paper. I feel they add character to the ATC. The wrinkles add a story and interest to the piece.
I used my artist trade card template from Salt Lake Laser Etch to fussy cut out the flamingos. Here are the four good ones I could get.
I adhered the paper to the bristol board with double-sided tape. I know, I know but it was the only adhesive I had at the time.
Strathmore 105901 Bristol Smooth Artist Trading Cards, 2.5 by 3.5-Inch, 20-Pack
Pigment rubber stamp ink and cotton swabs were used to apply color to the card edges.
Here are the colored cards.
For finishing touches I used rub-ons, sparkly stickers and rubber stamps for added embellishments. I'm very happy with the results and I'm going to look at wrapping paper again for creative ideas.
Hello and welcome to SYNAPOP! I am an intermedia artist a.k.a. mixed media artist. That means I use whatever is needed to create my art. My focus is determined by what is going on in life...so one day it will be glass shards sculpted with wire, weaving with shoelaces and silk scraps, or manipulating digital photograghs. I love being creative and talking about it! It was so very nice to meet you, please visit here again.