Saturday 13 April 2013

April ATCs by Belinda, Helena, Louise & Mistra

Today we have some more fabulous DT 'Moroccan' ATC's to share with you.

'Morocco' by Belinda Spencer
At first I had no idea what a Moroccan themed atc should look like. Thank goodness we have Google! I discovered a lot about Morocco. :-) I discovered the gorgeous rich and vibrant colours of Morocco and that most of the world's roses for making perfumes are grown there. Who knew, right?
This is what I came up with...
I always start my atcs by taking a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock and creating a background. Here I used torn book paper glued onto white Bazzill and then coated with a thin layer of white gesso. Next I applied lots of vibrant 'Moroccan' colours using Dylusions Ink Sprays.
Then I chopped it up into atc size pieces and Mod Podged on some rose print napkin before layering on my embellishments. I wanted to use a quote from the movie 'Casablanca' but it didn't quite work so I have added Morocco in Arabic at the bottom of my ATC.
I can't wait to see the gallery bursting with colour from everyone's atc's  this month!!
'Wish' by Helena Johansson
Wish ATC April

Love this month's ATC theme - Morrocan! I have played with several Dusty in Color Acrylic paints; Cranberry (DA0910), Dusty Pink (DA0907), Sugar Plum (DA0908) and Vintage Gold (DA0926). I have used a Mini Arch Window (DA0818), a Mini Morrocan Lamp (DA0836), Morrocan Design that I cut into pieces (DA0838), Dusty Roses Claret (DA0955) and Dusty Rose Leaves (DA0962).

I have used sponges to paint the chippies and just played with the different shades until I was satisfied. On the Mini Arch Window I also used a little, little black ink, just to darken it a bit. The roses and leaves was painted with Vintage Gold.
'Life is a Treasure' by Louise Collins 
Until I started designing for Dusty Attic, ATC's were something I had made very little of. In fact, the only few I had made had been for the DA challenges!

But part of my Design Team requirement is to create one ATC every month, along a particular theme, along with the rest of the team.

Now this theme I thought would be by far the hardest, but it turns out is was actually quite simple, since I was using some very decorative DA chippies, one product being the Moroccan Lamps from the January 2013 release.

So I googled 'Moroccan Theme' for inspiration and ended up creating this...

It is sooooo far away from anything I would usually make but I adore the warmth and richness of the colours! I also used new DA ATC Frames #4, and their Acrylic paints.
Moroccan ATC by Mistra Hoolahan

This month's theme at Dusty Attic was Moroccan, and Jen has the perfect everything to bring that little bit of Moroccan Essence into your work, with Marrakech Trellis Panels, Moroccan Lamps and ATC Frames to match!  She also has Moroccan Borders and Designs for a complete look.

Morocco is one of destinations on my bucket list... one day I have to visit there.  Just to experience those fabulous colours, authentic tastes {oh imagine a real Tagine}, the stunning architecture... all those wonderful things, one day I will!  Until then I can dream...

I chose to focus on the wonderful colours of the spices; cumin, paprika, saffron, turmeric and cinnamon.  An then highlighted it all with gold accents.

And then of course I had to add a teal coloured bird, as you do!  But the bird symbolises the freedom to up and go, escape your cage and just be gone... to Morocco!! 

Why not join in the fun at Dusty and create a Moroccan ATC yourself, there is a challenge each month on the Ning Site, with a prize up for grabs!  And there's definitely loads of inspiration to be found!


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