Lately, through Facebook, I've become involved in some new, and very enjoyable activities.
I belong to 3 different groups around these activities, and I'm having a ball.
The first is a group that does fairly large ATC swaps, usually on a theme.You sign up if you wish to be involved in a particular swap. I'm involved in one right now that has 25 members... so I draw 24 and mail them, and I get 24 back. It's loads of fun to go to the mailbox while these are coming in. This group is called Zentangle Artist Trading Card Swaps, and can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/123904037786011/
The second is a group that specializes in travelling art journals... really a collection of ATC's on a theme. If you sign up to participate in a particular journal, it is mailed to you in turn, and you add a card to the journal and send it, along with a gift ATC, to the next person on the list.
|This is an example of a Travelling Art Journal in progress (cards are slipped into a baseball card collecting page. Theme: Spring Fling|
You are free to host a travelling journal of your own, any time. The journal themes are fun and interesting, and for each journal, you only need to draw 2 cards, so it's not a big strain. You can find this group, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATCtravelingjournals/
The third 'swap" group I belong to is called
DOODLED DEXES (ROLODEX CARDS) and Landscape ATCs. This group is a riot, and very active. It encompasses tanglers, multi-media, painters... just about anything goes. This is a group with a heart. They have 2 main activities ongoing.
One is called MMH for Make Me Happy. It goes like this.
Sally: Who will make me happy with a dinosaur, a sailboat or a hot air balloon?
Jill: I will make you happy with a sailboat. Who will make me happy with a parrot, a clown, or a dolphin?
and on it goes.
This is a very personal kind of game, and gets everyone interacting.
The other activity in this group is called PIF or Pay It Forward. Someone posts a piece of art, and if you want it, you say so in comments. Hopefully, you are first, and you win that piece. If you do, you turn around and post an ATC or rolo card of your own, and someone else claims it. Pieces are mailed by the artist to the recipient. It's a great way to add to your collection, since so many different styles are represented. This group can be found at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rolodexart/
If you find that any of these groups are "closed", just message the admin and they will add you. All welcome new members warmly.
These groups have really enriched my tangling fun, and I've made great friends (and still am), along the way.
If any of this appeals to you, I would encourage you to give the group a try. You can opt out at any time, and who knows, you may just love it!
I know there are lots of groups like this, out there, but I can only speak of those with which I'm familiar. It is not my intent to exclude any group.
Until next time, tangle happy!