Thursday, 10 March 2016

Because Nerds love ATCs too

This is a scheduled post. That's because on the day I'm typing this out, the little beauty above has only just gone into the post. The recipient hasn't seen it yet. But he should have by the time you're reading this.

You see, I made this for the sweetest Nerd in all the world (thx Scritti), and mixed media guru, Mark Gould. What he can't do with a brush and a pot of crackle paint, ain't worth knowing. And when I call him a nerd, it's affectionate. Go see Nerd Fitness if you disagree.  Nerds rule. I'm a nerd.

I'm a horror nerd first and foremost. There's not much in the genre I don't know about. But I do love a superhero, a comic book, graphic novels, sci-fi, my Playstation (how many times can a guy watch Tomb Raider's Laura Croft die at his own inept hands?) and so on.

And Mark, as anyone who knows him or reads his blog, will know, confesses to having a nerdy streak. So when it came to swapping ATCs with him, I thought I'd go for the superhero vibe. Red and blue - well you know who's colours they are. And a green torso, with the word Smash. Seriously, do I need to explain any further? It's as subtle as a brick to the head.

The ATC is made from MDF by Calico Crafts. The base was inked up in blue colours and stamped in black with a Seth Apter texture stamp. Then I coated it in Triple Thick gloss (an idea I learnt from Mark). I added the Smash Label, added another layer of Triple Thick and squished the torso into it before it set. Same for the top frame. The torso was clay, painted green, and varnished. I stamped black archival ink onto white tissue paper and glued this over it. The frame I covered in texture gel by Reeves (love this stuff) and painted in acrylic red. And that's all it took.

Hope he likes.


kjjc said...

fabulous. Love the dimension.

Richard Pettitt said...

Now that is a fun project! And a fun read too. Hope he likes it - I'm sure he will. :-)

mark gould said...

Love this Atc Paul. It made me properly laugh out loud as I opened it. I'm a complete nerd too and have been an avid comic book reader for over 20 years.
Thanks again mate. Mark

alexa said...

He clearly did! Great to see such a wide variety of styles in your playfulness, Paul.

Jocelyn said...

Haha. Love this nerdy piece. I always love the stories behind your pieces. I am married to a nerd. He revels in his nerdydom (I made that word up). It hasn't been that many years since we convinced him to give up his pocket protector. But still carries his multi colored pen around. He mentors at our grandson's high school for the robotics club and he's always making little foam core robots for ideas... I think it's dorky... but I love my nerd! Jocelyn

Neet said...

Must confess, I thought this was the Incredible Hulk when I first came on here.
Now I understand and am so glad that Mark liked it. Sad that I did not sign up for his workshop but I doubt I would have made it feeling lie I do at the moment.
See you soon.
Hugs, Neet xx