Artist Trading Cards Workshop & Swap - 4/13/19

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM


Join us for our monthly workshop to learn new techniques for making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Each month we will learn a new technique and share cards we've made and/or received. Then we'll spend some time making some miniature works of art in a fun and relaxed environment.

This month -in honor of Earth Day -we will be experimenting with different 'mark making' techniques to beautify junk mail. Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in a piece of art. For inspiration, check out Rae Missigman or Carolyn Dube. We will have so much fun! Invite your friends.

Each participant must bring their own supplies but there will be materials to share. Suggested materials list: scissors, glue stick, card stock... and since we will be painting this month you should bring a few bottles of cheap craft paint, some brushes and a pile of junk mail. Look around your house to see if you can find some interesting items to use to create textures and/or marks on your paper such as: empty thread spools, bubble wrap, string, sponge, gift cards...

No experience necessary! Ages 12 and up. $3 Donation to the DCA

If you plan to come, please mark the 'Going' box so that we will have ample room & supplies for everyone!


Information from Strathmore:

What are artist trading cards?
Artist trading cards (ATCs) are miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized "swap" events, either in person or online. The only official rule for ATCs is the size: 2.5" x 3.5".

How did the movement start?
In 1997, M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception. The movement took off, and today, there are ATC swaps in almost every major city around the world. There are also many online swaps.

How do I create ATCs?
Most swaps are open to any media, materials or techniques as long as the card fits into a standard trading card sleeve. ATCs are traded, not sold. However, there are some artists who choose to sell cards. Cards that are sold are called Art Card Editions and Originals (ACEO).

How do I trade cards?
You can locate an in-person swap in your area, find an online swap, or organize your own swap. There are a number of Web sites that others have created to help artists get started. They can be found by doing online searches using key words such as “artist trading cards.”