I was working on Artist Trading Cards (also called ACEO's)
with my students the other day and I made one of my own at the same time.
My instructions for the kids was to create a background, focal point and embellishment,
so I followed my own rules too.
I started by misting the background with orange watercolor.
I really liked how the corners didn't get any color.
Next was a focal point. I wanted to include a letter, but not because it had any significance. I just wanted it for the overall shape - trying to forget what letter it was. So S was chosen for the size, curviness and movement.
Finally I added the embellishment - orange dots. But it was still too boring so I added the green with colored pencil around the white areas. Again, I still wasn't satisfied. I needed some way to tie it all together.
I love how it's hard to tell if the blue dots are oozing down the page
or if the green/orange is covering the dots.