Saturday, May 30, 2015

ATC jams to love or hate

Well, I adore ATC buddy jams. They're so random and surprising. You take two artists and see what they can come up with together. Let me see if I have some visuals ...

Well,with this one you're seeing the finished product between Judy Staroscik and myself. She sent me 2 lovely "starter" ATCs and then I finished them off. I keep one and return one to her and we're both so happy.

Then, there are also 3 way ATC jams going around.Those are also fun but sometimes I'm a little judgemental and prejudiced. For example, here is a set I recently received.

I know, I should be a good sport but they're just pieces of scrapbook paper glued to a backing. Sigh. I want more. Actually, someone else forwarded these to me saying, "I just didn't know what to add to them and I hope you'll feel inspired." I am actually going to add to them but not before I complain about them.

There. I feel better.

Here are a few other things Ive sent out ... in the category of ATC jams ...

Above are three I sent to Judy ...

And one came back to me from Rachel Carter (above) 

These three (above) I sent out but haven't gotten back (that I can tell)

These (above) are backgrounds I made last year when I was going to do a martian themed ATC but then I scrapped that effort. This is just a "Buddy Jam" - only 2 people. Paint, collage, stamping and a tad of glitter.

Here is another 3 way jam I received (above). One more person and they'll be done.

What do you think of ATC jams? I guess one thing I love about mailart and ATC jams is it forces us to question our tastes and standards and not be judgemental of others. Or, rather, be judgemental but proclaim all art wonderful. 

Also, having to finish something that isn't "my style" pushes me outside my comfort zone and makes me try art in a different way. 

And, I am often surprised that even though I complain about some of them, I always enjoy seeing how they turn out.

If anyone wants to do a jam with me, I'd love to - I promise not to complain (too much).