Thursday, August 17, 2006

eek! I've caught the ATC bug!!


I've resisted it for a really long time, but I was recently invited by my talented friend Marilyn, to join a newly organized artist's trading card swap, and I had great fun making my first three trading cards. The scan isn't the best, because I decided to make the cards from transparency film, and the reflection doesn't photograph well. I'm teaching a class using plain & preprinted transparencies, so it was a natural transition for me to tackle my first cards as transparencies, and I also wanted to try something a little unique.
The small format is a lot fun of when you want to create something, but don't have lots of time, or when you want to try a new technique in a small way...and swapping them means that you get to share your ideas and techniques, while receiving someone else's ideas & techniques in return.
For those who may not be familiar with artist's trading cards (ATCs), they are miniature pieces of art, always 2.5 x 3.5", but can be created of virtually any material, and they are typically swapped with other artists. They're a great way to show off your work and share new techniques with like-minded individuals.
In other news, I am struggling mightily these days with time management issues. I want to do so much, but there are only so many hours in the day, so every day, every week, I end up feeling stressed and frazzled. I really need to re-order my priorities and eliminate the things that just fall way at the bottom of the list (housework perhaps? I'd eliminate sleep if I didn't require so much of it!) - I am just so bad at figuring out what is most important when it ALL seems important. AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaahhhh.

7 comments:

Bianca said...

I love your ATC's! Congrats on catching the addiction! If you ever want to swap please feel free to contact me! I'd love to trade with you.

DEW said...

These are wonderful - scanning worked much better huh? I sure do hope I get one of yours :-)

Kala said...

These are great, the colours are beautifully rich, well done!

Ouissi Gresty said...

These are fabulous...such a great idea...

Ouissi x

~Gina said...

These are really cool! I love the colors you have chosen.

csmc said...

I really like these! The richness of color and texture makes it for me.

Anke said...

Wow! Awesome ATCs!