Our local Unschoolers group recently began an ATC club whereby we gather once a month to trade ATCs and try out new art techniques. Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold.
This month, the theme was ‘birds’ so essentially we were to incorporate birds onto our card in any way we desired. The munchkins and I opted to do a watercolor background and then to freehand (or with the aide of carbon paper) a bird image with black ink. Buddy hasn’t yet finished … but here are the cards that Meili and I created for the trade.
I am also considering hosting or coordinating an online ATC swap. Essentially, all participants would make 6 cards (according to a specific theme) and send them to me. I’ll then divide them up and redistribute them to all the participants and you’ll receive the same number of cards in exchange. If you are interested in taking part … please leave a comment and send me an email (marichay at live dot com) … and help spread the word. The more participants … the better the swap.
Our theme will be SPRING and cards must be received (in my hand) by April 29th. I’ll then swap them out and return them to you all by postal mail (I’ll thereby need a self-addressed stamped envelope – with the same postage required to send to me).