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Old 12-28-2011, 05:48 PM
Jana63 Jana63 is offline
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Newbie Question about ATCs and ACEOs

Hello, everyone!

I have a question. I'm new to ATC/ACEOs, and I'm also new to watercolors (which is the medium I want to use on my ATC/ACEOs). I have been trying to figure out what is more comfortable for me.... cutting the ATCs out, and then painting them, or cutting a bigger piece, painting, and then trimming to size.

During this process, trying different things, I find that I really like the ones where I have left a white border around the picture, it looks more like a little mini painting to me than if I paint to the edge.

I know it doesn't matter - I know it's all personal preference, but I think it's odd that in all the images of ATCs (especially watercolor ATCs) I see, none of them retain the white border.

If artists are cutting the watercolor paper down to ATC size, and then painting to the edge, how are they adhering the paper to the board to paint? I saw a couple of videos of people painting ATCs, and they just held it with their finger (the videos weren't of landscapes, and I can't hold with my finger, I'll make a fingerprint on the painting).

I did see a video of someone painting with the outline on a bigger sheet of paper all taped down, so he'll trim it afterwards, but gosh, I really like the little border you get when you tape around the card.

I know this isn't a very important discussion, and I know I can do whatever I want. Has anyone else seen any ATCs where there is a border? Maybe I'm just missing them (I'm searching Google Images).

The paintings are so small I hate leaving the border because it makes the picture even smaller, but the result is so handsome. Not sure what I want to do. I guess I'm just blabbing... Would love some conversation if anyone has a thought....

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