Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Artist’s Trading Cards all the rage

March 29, 2007

Have you ever considered your doodles to be a work of art?

All the years I have been interested in art, I did not know about ATCs, which are Artist's Trading Cards. They are miniature works of art 2-by-3 inches, similar to baseball cards.

They are the rage sweeping across the country and across the continents. They are always traded, never sold. There are many trading sessions around the world; we could even do that right here in Lansing.

Artists Trading Cards have a long history, stemming from the popularity of portrait miniatures of the 17th century, and gaining added momentum during the impressionist era. Originally they were traded solely among artists so they could study each other's techniques. These cards acted as business cards with original art on the front and the back listing an informal resume. The impressionists opened the ATC market to the art buying public when they began trading or selling their art cards in exchange for art supplies, or room and board.This concept then lost the interest of artists until it was revived in 1996 by a Swiss Artist, m. vanci Stimemann, who made 1200 cards by hand because the printing of his catalogue was too expensive.

ATCs bring artistic souls together like no other communication can. Creating and swapping ATCs is an exciting way to distribute your art, connect with other artists, and collect art. These cards encompass all types of media. They are made from paper, fabric and metal. They feature photographs, prints, doodles, watercolors and collage. This is an intriguing way to create colorful collage backgrounds, make cards from fabric, incorporate painting, stamping, magazine images, tissue paper, stencils, and much more.

This is a good learning experience for people who do not consider themselves artists, but have long wished they had the ability to create a work that they can share. By exchanging these cards with other would be artists, it can sharpen your skill and help you grow as an artist.

Precut trading cards can be purchased on the Internet, or better yet, make your own out of card stock. Good luck and have fun.

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