This year, after being inspired to do so by Cobs herself (She of the Cobweborium Emporium), I’m attempting to create some versions of ACTs/ACEOs in watercolour. As a brief explanation, ACEOs are Art Cards, Editions, and Originals and ATCs are Artist Trading Cards; with the intention of one (ACEOs) to be sold, and the other (ATCs) to be traded. Now, neither selling nor giving them away is my intention, hence I’m only creating versions of them, not actual ATCs/ACEOs. Oh, and I forgot to mention, there’s a size limit. As the name ‘Trading Card’ may imply, these little works of art have to be exactly 2.5inches by 3.5inches. So, not much room for work. Not much room for error either, for that matter!

I’m also going on safari. So fari, so goody! Hehehe!

I haven’t painted in watercolour for a while, so I’m a little rusty, and painting on something not much larger than a postage stamp also has its challenges (ooh, me back!) but I had fun with this first one. A baby giraffe, resting on a hot sunny afternoon. It could be a Saturday, but no, as it’s Sunday here, it’s Sunday there as well. Wherever there is!

So, first of all, here’s the painting beside a fifty pence piece, just so you get a feel for the size:

And now, a closer look at the painting:

There isn’t a great deal of detail, just enough to make out the giraffe shape. And a good old sploshing of watercolour around!

Visit The Cobweborium Emporium if you’d like to be inspired craftily, and visit #WorldWatercolorMonth (@ Doodlewash) if you’d like to find out more about  – erm – World Watercolour Month!

 

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

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  1. Aww it’s beautiful, Tom!! Love it! 😍

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    1. Thanks, Charlie. It was fun to do! 🙂

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  2. BRILLIGOG!!! Absolutely, amazingly brilligog!

    Ohhhh Tom you’ve managed to pack so much personality into that face. She’s totally adorable. If Giraffes had a voicebox I know exactly how her ‘human’ voice would sound, simply by that face.

    Coo, you clever chap! I love it.
    Crumbs, when you consider that this is your first ATC/ACEO …. aw, it blows me away!
    Well done. I love it. Love Her.
    ~ Cobs. x.
    P.S. … thanks for the mention and the link! You’ll be tickled pink when you see my latest blog post. LOL
    Big squidges! 🤗

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    1. My pleasure Cobs, and yes, I loved your latest post!
      And thank you. The face just happened though… it was just a quick painting.

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      1. They’re usually the best 🙂

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        1. When they just work out, Raili, it’s a great feeling!

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  3. Love it Tom!!!!

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  4. It’s beautiful!! Well done within the size limitation

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    1. Thanks, Damien.
      The size was easier than I thought it was going to be.

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  5. Oh I love this. Giraffes and elephants are my most fav in the wild world. My grandson and I also have a special like for big lions too..as in Aslan and Narnia. You are doing well my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Beverly. These animals are easier than I thought they would be!

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  6. Wowsa! I love the personality in that face! Good job, Tom.

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    1. Thanks, Eugenia. The paint dried just right on the face! 😀

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  7. Good piece Tom! 🙂

    Love the Giraffe’s expression! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. Thanks, Prenin.
      It just fell into place.

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  8. […] have we left the safari, than we’re back on it again! Another quick version of an ATC/ACEO (click here if you’d like a refresher) this time of a baby zebra, or a foal, resting after spending the day joyfully galloping across the […]

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