Artist Trading Cards Workshop & Swap - 5/11/19

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM


Join us for our monthly workshop to learn new techniques for making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Each workshop 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 National Print Month - we will be playing with gelli plates to make monoprinted cards. A monoprint is a multi-layered print, but with one major difference from other printmaking processes: the artist creates exactly one print, instead of multiples (called editions). ... so the finished print is a mirror image of what's on the plate. This process is simple and fun. And messy! Dress appropriately. You will LOVE this! Invite your friends.

Each participant must bring their own basic supplies but there will be materials to share. Suggested materials list: scissors, glue stick, card stock... and since we will be making prints this month you should bring a few bottles of cheap craft paint in your favorite colors. If you have a soft brayer and or stencils bring them too. You might also want to look around your house to see if you can find some interesting items to use to create textures and/or marks on the gelli plate such as: empty thread spools, bubble wrap, string, sponge, gift cards...

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

Please mark if you’re interested in attending so we know how many people to expect!


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.”