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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artist Trading Cards: Turkish Women

A predominantly Muslim country, it is common for the Turkish women to wear headscarves in all sorts of different colors and fabrics. 

Researching in Wikipedia, it says "The term hijab, as commonly used in the English-speaking world, refers to the types of head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women, but can also refer to modest Muslim styles of dress in general.

Travelling to a country far different from my own, seeing traditional styles of dress of different peoples makes for great inspiration for art.  The Turkish women, with their various scarves, make great subjects for artist trading cards.

On my trip to Turkey, I brought with me some pre-cut cards (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches), already coated with a layer of gesso, a pencil, an eraser, a pen and some colored pencils.

The waiting times in the airport, and the long bus and airplane rides are usually so tiring but with these materials in hand, these times became wonderful opportunities to make those small art pieces.   Never did the waiting times seems so short! What? Time to board the plane already?!

Here are some of the ATCs I made both while I was in Turkey and after I got back home.

Turkish women are beautiful, aren't they?

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Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

These are beautiful! I really like the colored pencil over the gesso.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

These cards are really beautiful. And you made them mostly with colored pencils?

peggy apl said...

Yes, Berol Prismacolor pencils over a card coated with gesso is my favorite technique. I really like the texture the gesso gives.

Scribe With Gold said...

WOW These are beautiful!

Trudi Sissons said...

Beautiful work!

Alice Stroppel said...

lovely....I'm enjoying your blog very much. glad you stopped by mine.

jonaks said...

these are really gorgeous!

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