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Trading Card Bonanza

My first workshop providing fun and guidance on how to make and trade with Art Trading Cards. It was a small group, which always works well, lots of time for everyone with plentiful drinks and cake. We looked at fabric and paper/card pieces with lots of mixed media techniques. Gosh we managed to fit quite a lot of skills in and produced a memory card, sgraffito card, brusho card and vintage cards. We worked on a baseline A3 card and collaged /gesso'd by all which gave a batch of cards for all to work on more cards at home and a great introductioin to batch card making so that an edition of similar cards can be numbered and traded, I hope that everyone that attended found some inspiration to continue with Art Trading Cards and felt enthuisiastic after playing for the day. To finish the day everyone gave up one card for swapping; I think they found this difficult, but swapping and trading is what the cards are all bout. Here are a few images of the day - I was so busy I didnt take many until the end.

Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs).


The core purpose of the ATC concept was a free exchange between the participants to establish a rapport (collaborative performance). In order to allow for profit gain and non artist collection, both the concept of a mutual exchange and the name of the cards were altered (while the size was kept).

Now to plan the next Art Trading card workshop with a new range of techniques to share to anyone that would like to join me. @everyone. Look on my website for Events and workshops to see workshops available and to book. I also list places that I will be exhibiting or showing my work.

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