#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


What I Did This Summer

Well, okay, today.

I had the best of intentions, but the fact is, I ended up puttering in my studio all day. I never even got out of my pajamas!

Now, I’ve taken some good-natured ribbing for calling my little heaven-on-earth a ‘studio’ instead of a craft room. Here’s how I figure it. I do art, and that makes me an artist, and an artist works in a STUDIO, right? (Nobody said it had to be GOOD art, did they? I’m still learning, here!)

Just what do I do in there? Well, I work on ATCs (artist trading cards) and today I experimented with a batch printed on inkjet canvas paper. Cool! Also, I colored some vellum envelopes with alcohol-based ink. BEYOND cool. I prepared the background for a piece I intend to give my 89 year old aunt for Christmas. (She’s the nonjudgemental type: no matter how bad it turns out, she’ll hang it on her wall, bless her.)

I finally worked up the courage to send in my first card, in hopes of joining other ATC fanatics and trading. It was just like sending in my first manuscript–I was SURE the card would come shooting back along with a note reading: “please do not attempt to join our trading group again.
Your card sucks.”

:)

It’s always good to be a beginner at something. I’m definitely out of my comfort zone with this one.

The dogs were bored crazy and thought I’d lost my mind. But at least I didn’t end up at the casino. :)

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