Collaborations

Christeen Street Studios Weekly Blog

Hello readers, it’s Monday and that means a new blog post. I have been working on a collaboration with three other amazing artists that I’d like to share with you. I am working with a lovely lady whom you should be familiar if you recall my blog titled ATC. Tinna Marie also known as @Antionias_Heartistry on Instagram; Tinna Marie organized the collaboration. We also have with us Jen from @Paint.Pour.and.More from IG who is a talented and successful fluid artist. Lastly, joining us is Cyndrya from @CyndryasCrafts on IG. Cyndrya can make amazing things with yarn and crochet, my personal favorite is her crochet flowers, and as you all know I am on IG @ChristeenStStudios.

Now that the gang is all introduced I want to start out by saying that it so wonderful to be working with such a talented group of women, and how excited  I am as we come closer and closer to the giveaway. Our collaboration is a fun way of sharing a little bit of our talent with our followers. However, I will keep the details of the giveaway quiet, sorry guys you will just have to wait until the giveaway is officially announced. Moreover, this collaboration is a way to help each other reach new audiences and grow their brand. For me personally growing my brand is perhaps one of the most important things to me right now. Being able to be accompanied by three other amazing talents is not only a bonus in-of-itself, but also a boost in confidence. Now back to the giveaway; this being the first one I have been a part of, the idea of the event has motivated me, sparked new ideas, and is challenging me as an artist. Giveaways and collaborations are a great way to help promote your brand as well as promote the artists you believe in. However, the real reason this collaboration is more than just four like-minded artists working together, is because it is yet another example of how important community is to an artist. Without wonderful people like these, networking, self-marketing, and self-advertising would be more difficult than it already is. I know I have talked about this in multiple posts now, but that is because it is so important, and has been such a major part of my own art journey that certainly it must be something that I share.  

In order to evolve, an artist or not, you must keep learning and trying new things, new experiences help us grow, in all ways. There is a TV show character that has a saying that goes something like ‘grow always, in all ways’ that really nails it on the head. As an artist, I want to keep trying new things and challenging myself. Working in a collaborative project is a great way to accomplish that. Therefore, until next week, I encourage each one of you to challenge yourself by working in a collaborative effort. Good luck 😉  Christeen

Artist Trading Cards

Christeen Street Studios Weekly Blog

Welcome readers to your Monday blog spot! Today I am super amped to not only discuss something very cool, but also someone very talented! Hopefully, you recall my #3 blog about community, and if not… wink wink scroll down and read it 😉 anyways reiterating a bit, community for an artist is super important for many reasons. My community brought me together with Antonias_Heartistry. More than this brand, the artist behind it all, Tinna Marie, embodies the meaning of being part of a community. She has supported her community in many ways, such as hosting paint and sip parties, lol yes that is exactly as it sounds! She has hosted paint parties for youth, and supports other artists by attending their workshops and sharing their work. She is going to be a featured artist at a new sports stadium in her area, and perhaps my favorite fact about this wonderful artist is that she purposely abandons her artworks in places she is visiting to spread beauty and joy to unsuspecting strangers. Right!

This leads me to the title of my blog, Artist Trading Cards (ATC). When I first came across Antonias_Heartistry on Instagram, it was over a post to join an ATC group. I could not help it, I was curious and wanted to know more about what the heck an ATC is and how it works. So I expanded my community and joined her ATC group. An Artist Trading Card is just like a baseball card, same size and everything but instead of a player and their stats on it, its blank and the artist can create whatever they desire, then just like baseball cards, you trade them with other artists. I immediately loved this idea and was glad I joined. As I did more research into this newfound hobby, I learned this movement has been around since 1997! It was started in April 1997 by Swiss artist Vänçi Stirnemann, who called the project “A Collaborative Cultural Performance,” (Artist Trading Cards, 2020) I call it a movement! The idea around these mini tradeable pieces of art was to get people from all different backgrounds and demographics to participate in an art project, something that had nothing to do with the art market; buying and selling art (Wikipedia, 2019). The project may no longer be monitored but it is still going strong over 20 years later. If this intrigues you, I suggest you check out the official ATC website @ https://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/

I was so surprised by how large the ATC community was, and immediately started to gather what I needed to make my first ATC. I was even more floored when I found that there are all sorts of blank ATC’s available for purchase, for some reason I thought I would need to cut down canvas or card stock to the proper size! There are different shapes, colors, and material types for ATC’s. Ok this is crazy, and how did I not know about this? My ATC mentor, Tinna Marie shared with me some of her collection from all over the world and it was inspiring. If this is something you may want to participate in check out the Facebook group Love of Art ATC Swap https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=love%20of%20art%20atc%20swap&epa=SERP_TAB

Since I commonly use acrylic paint I bought Strathmore 400 series ATC’s for Acrylics, however there are many different kinds for different Medias, such as watercolor or oil paint. You can even buy mini envelopes for them! Ok allow me to tame my enthusiasm just a bit lol!

I write this blog to share a piece of my journey in the studio with you each week, and I often share experiences with you that are perhaps lessons learned. However, today I wanted to share an encounter on social media that led not only to a cherished addition to my community, but also  an entire new chapter in my book of art; ATC’s!       Christeen

Images Above from left to right: Christeen Street Studios first ATC, Tinna Marie, Favorite ATC Created by Antonias_ Heartistry

References

Artist Trading Cards, 2020. https://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/

Wikipedia, 2019. Artist Trading Cards. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_cards

Community, blog #3

Christeen Street Studios Weekly Blog

Its Friday the 13th everyone. Today is a special day, as it is not only Friday the 13th, but it is also a full moon tonight and the harvest moon. Combine these cosmic events with perfect southern California weather and you truly have something worth getting outside and witnessing. Now I know by the time you read this the celestial event will have already passed, but it is events like these that get people together; people joining together to be a part of something special. That is a community. As an artist, I have come to realize how important community is. Being part of a group of like-minded individuals all going through a similar journey, and learning a similar trade is powerful.

Community today can, and in some cases mostly exists on social media. Facebook and Instagram are two places an artist can become part of a community. Now I am sure 99% of those reading this are already part of one, but in case you are not, joining a group on Facebook that is related to the artwork you create or what you want to create is a great place to start. If on Instagram, you simply get out there, share your work and start following others. These are two places you can meet people with similar experiences and all with the same passion. Let us not forget the more traditional community of friends, family and word of mouth. Again, powerful tools needed to spread awareness about your work, and to learn from others.

My community has helped me as an artist in multiple ways, like my first sale for example. My sister and a friend were discussing décor, and my sister mentioned my art. After looking at what I had posted on social media, I made my first sale to Marabelle Blue @MarabelleBlue on Twitter, a big thank you, and forever grateful. More than a sale, I find speaking with Marabelle Blue is always delightful and genuine; a friendship has formed out of the experience. This leads me to my next point that community is not just about making a sell; it is also about sharing experiences. For instance, an artist I follow on Instagram LJ Benedict @pour.myheartout held a giveaway. All one had to do was post their story about how they got into art. So I left my story, as many others already had. Then to my surprise, LJ contacted me and told me I was the winner. The prize was a beautiful painting, made with colors inspired by my story. Incredible! No doubt do I enjoy seeing her new creations. Most importantly though, this was not just amazing because someone liked my story, or because I won something, but because my story inspired someone, and I was inspired by the experience. Christeen

liquid metal
My First Sale ‘Liquid Metal’
painting I won
Painting I won from
pour. myheartout