Have you ever heard of ATC's? Well, I hadn't until this week. They're an intriguing art form that I was introduced to in a blog post at Altered By Me. Apparently, there's a whole community of multi-media artists and crafters who make these little Artist Trading Cards using a variety of fine art techniques. I say little, because they are restricted to 2.5 X 3.5 in size. They're traded among members of the ATC community. Arlene Mobley offers instructions for making them out of fabric embellished with transferred images.
Are you like me? Do you love a challenge? Do you love creating NEW artwork or writing? I'm not one to produce repeats of the same project. Oh, I'll create multiples of the same Heritage Makers storybook so all the interested people in my family can have a copy, but then I'll move on to a new, novel project.
So, reading about ATC's sparked my imagination, (I'm not alone--read Jessica Torres' blog, Life, Love, Yarn), and I wondered if I could create some artworthy ATC's in the same vein as Arlene Mobley's using Heritage Makers' online Studio.
I tried my hand at creating paper trading cards with Heritage Makers' Premier collection of digital art. (The photo below is a digital rendition of downloaded previews of the four separated artist trading cards, which is why the resolution is not as sharp as the actual cards will be.)
Also, in the Heritage Makers Online Studio, previews can be downloaded and printed onto fabric or transfer sheets to make fabric ATC's and book covers the way Arlene Mobley does.
I truly welcome comments and critique from artists who trade ATC's. I may have broken all kinds of rules by making up designs without thoroughly researching the art form. What do you think?
A PARTIAL HOW-TO WITH AN OFFER
I can tell you how to make 4 ATC's on one 5 x 7 digital postcard. The dimensions fit perfectly.
1. In the online program I use, there's a ruler on the Studio Toolbar that helped me create boxes that are 2.5" x 3.5".
2. I swapped out the boxes for background papers.
3. Then I embellished each card with photos and digital artwork. (Some of you will recognize my granddaughters.)
If you're trying to make your ATC's online, would you like to eliminate the first step where you create the template? If you said "YES", then you're in luck--I'll give you the 4-piece template so you can start creating your ATC's immediately!
Just respond to my email, and write ATC Template in the subject line; I'll send you the template as a jpeg. Do you want to use the program I use? Click here to start creating! Just go to "Start a new account" at the top of the website's home page.
There are several videos and tutorials on the website I use and on You Tube to help you create. And then, of course, I can help you, too.
I meant what I said when I asked for criticism of my first foray into making ATC's. Just venture on down to the red word COMMENTS, or possibly an open comment box at the bottom of THIS post. I'd love to know if I'm on the right path, or way off, with my digital designs. I'd also be interested in knowing what the most satisfying or motivating factor for making ATC's is.
Arlene, (I think) I'd love to know what you think...
I ordered publishing of my postcard today, so I can trade my cards in a week or so. Does anyone want to trade with me?
P + S IS BEST! ~Donna