Every Thursday at lunch time, Tiffany, from the Rails' End Gallery would come to the school with a delightful selection of art materials and whoever wanted to could join in and make ATCs. The cards I traded for then are reminders for me of my happy times with my awesome classmates. I thought it would be fun to do the same with my Art Talk friends. We had a great time and two of us traded cards, the third member took hers home as it had a special message that she wanted to keep.
Here is a little bit about Artist Trading Cards, in case you want to do some too. I got these rules from the Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre in Haliburton.
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), also known as Art Cards, are tiny pieces of original art, which are designed to create connections and interactions between artists. These cards are made all around the world and traded through personal exchanges or by mail.
ATCs can be created by ANYONE..you don`t need to be an artist to enjoy the arts, and express yourself creatively. Rules:
1) An ATC must NEVER be sold. Only exchanged or given as a gift.
2) All ATCs must be made to the dimensions of 2.5``x 3.5``.
3) On the back of the ATC the artist should write part or all of the following information: title, year, name, contact information, and card number*. * ATCs are usually made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind.
The numbering works as follows:
1) Originals: a unique ATC. They can be numbered (1/1) or not at all.
2) Editions: a set of identical ATCs. They can be numbered (1/3, 2/3, 3/3).3) Series: a set of ATCs that are based on one theme but are each unique. They can be labeled "(1/3) in a series".
The numbering isn't really important....what matters is that you enjoy the process of creating each card and do it with care. You can use any sort of technique or medium that you choose. This is your chance to be creative and discover new methods and skills. Don't think of the size as a limitation, but as a chance to explore things that would be impossible with a large scale work.