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Trading Cards, Who Knew?

Did you know that there is such a thing as Artist Trading Cards, or ATC’s for short? A few months back I stumbled onto them when searching videos.  I was immediately intrigued.

What are they?

First, let’s take a look at Blick Art’s video featuring the Strathmore Artist Trading Cards.     Aren’t these a great idea?  How fun it would be to create small pieces of artwork to trade, give away or sell? Yesterday while at our local Blick Art store I came across the ATC display.  I decided to take the plunge and give them a try!  I purchased the Strathmore 300 bristol vellum pack.  I chose the bristol vellum so I could use both graphite and colored pencil on them.  Our local store was out of the clear packets, so I opted for the white envelopes instead.      

My First ATC

 I couldn’t wait to get started!  I had a photo reference in mind and quickly set off on my new art journey! Although not finished yet, here’s the progression so far:   Although tiny, they are truly fun to create!

So what do you do with them?

Good question!  You can do anything you want.  There are artist trading card groups who trade among themselves.  You could give them away to family and friends.  You can use them as a calling card or sell them.  An idea I really like is using them as an art abandonment.  There’s a nation-wide movement where artists in all sorts of different mediums create art and then leave it somewhere for someone to find.  A little something to brighten someone’s day.  There is even a Facebook Group dedicated to this:  Art Abandonment I would like to do some abandoning and I think these ATC’s are a perfect way to get started! Would you like to try ATC’s?  What would you do with them? Give them a try and join the fun! Until next time, Keep Creating!  

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