Playing with ATCs

I've been side tracked lately. A few weeks ago I decided to start making Artist Trading Cards because I thought it would be a fun little exercise. Each card is only 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" in size and because each ATC is so small,  I figured I could make a few on the side with scraps of whatever else I was working on. Besides the fun factor, I also thought it would be a great way to practice composition and layering and letting go—all those skills we're trying to build in our art making. Or at least I am. Well, anyway, soon enough these little cards took center stage on my art table. They are totally addicting! I found that I can lay out several at a time and before I know it I'm engrossed in all of them...

If you're not familiar with ATCs, creatives have been making Artist Trading Cards for years and years as a way to both create and share what they create with other artists. It's a big underground thing, I think. I understand there are Swap Clubs, even. ATCs are meant to be traded—thus their name—but for now, as with everything I do, I am just learning and I do not plan to trade them.

Here is what I've made so far:

ATCs Set 1

ATCs Set 2

ATC Set 3

If you'd like to make your own ATCs, it's very easy. All you need is cardstock of some kind cut into 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" rectangles. I recycled some old postcards and also watercolor scraps. Then, of course, what you make is entirely up to your imagination! You can find some good basic information about ATCs here.

And here are a few closeups:

ATC abstract tree

ATC love is all

abstract vase

abstract shapes

ATC live up to potential

Hah! A not so secret wish, I guess...

Until next time!