Artfest 2010 16, originally uploaded by itsamistry.
Here are some more ATCs for trading at ArtFest 2010. More abstract this time. Don't know if to add some beads or stitching to them. Will have to see how I feel when I look at them again tomorrow morning.


Artfest 2010 6

Artfest 2010 6, originally uploaded by itsamistry.

Artfest 2010 3

Artfest 2010 3, originally uploaded by itsamistry.

Artist Trading Cards to trade at AFA2010 Rochester NYC June 2010

Acrylic, beads and fabric butterfly painted with acrylics then beaded (beads are all sewn on).

Thought I'd better make a start on some ATCs to trade at the live meet up in Rochester NY in June. I trade mostly at http://www.atcsforall.com/index.php and http://www.illustratedatcs.com/index.php.

Last year there was a live meet up here in the UK (myself and Kay organised it) and in the USA and we all had a blast. However this year there is no UK artfest so my friend Kay and I are heading over the pond to New York and then onto Rochester where this years live meet up is being held and I can't wait we have 4 weeks left before we go (fingers crossed the volcano has stopped spewing ash and that BA are not on strike).

Don't think I want to wait another 3 years to go to NY - I was supposed to go for my 40th but it never happened so when this opportunity came along I grabbed it with both hands.


I've been published !!!!!!

Beads and Beyond June 2010, originally uploaded by itsamistry.

Woohoo can you tell I'm excited LOL it's not as if I've never had any of my work published before - I've had a couple of my ATC's published in the online ArtTrader Magazine. But this is a first for my jewellery and to have it in such a lovley magazine to.

Here's the full story -
I made the beaded bead and updated it on my social networks (facebook, flickr etc) and the comments I received about the bead took me quite by surprise as I was convinced someone had already made something similar. But I was told quite resoundly that no it was my own invention. Then someone suggested that I submitt it to a magazine and having looked (and bought/subscribed) to quite a few magazines I decided to send it to Beads and Beyond as I liked the lovely clean and clear way the article were presented.

So I submitted my tutorial to them a couple of months ago and I received an email from the assistant editor Rebecca Hughes telling me that they would like to publish it in one of their issues......................and here it is in the June issue of Beads and Beyond. I love the way they have done the photographs so much more interesting than mine.