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Art swaps and collaborations are a staple of the online mixed media art community. They provide an opportunity for artists of all levels of experience to share their art, challenge themselves and build a collection of art from like minded artists and crafters.

Swaps often center on a theme and can take many formats. A swap may as simple as two artists exchanging pieces or a group of crafters making a card or tag for every other person in the swap group.

Recently, The Vintage Workshop teamed up with Beth Leintz and Karla Nathan to host a swap based on images from The Vintage Workshopís Beautiful Birds, Millinery II and Vintage Wallpaper collections. The collaboration was called "Karla & Bethís Vintage Workshop Birds & Bonnets Swap".

Swap players each made four 4" x 5" chipboard panels, decorating both sides, using at least one Vintage Workshop image on each panel. Artists could add other images and embellish with buttons, trims, tickets, jewelry, glitter or any other 3-d items they wished.

The artists sent their finished panels to Karla and Beth. When the hostesses received the panels, they hole punched them and added rings to make 4 panel screens, with each panel from a different artist. The finished screens were then mailed out to artists, with each swapper receiving a screen with panels made by four different artists.

Over 100 swappers from all over the world signed up to be part of the swap. Players included professional designers, amateur artists, and first time swappers.

The large number of players made for an interesting variety of panels. Some artists used only Vintage Workshop images, while others added scrapbook paper, vintage ledger paper, sheet music, shorthand pages. Embellishments included millinery flowers, rhinestone jewelry, crepe paper and feathers.

Some artists took a nod from the pastel colors of the millinery collection and went with a soft vintage palette of pale pinks and blues, while others used the digital format of the images to make panels with bright colors and bold modern interpretations of birds and bonnets. Many of the panels can be seen at: Karla and Beth Vintage Workshop Birds & Bonnets Swap



Beautiful Birds: Image Emporium IE402 Download Collection

Millinery II: Image Emporium IE412 Download Collection

Vintage Wallpaper: Printing Press PP133 Download Collection

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