Saturday, February 24, 2018

Artist Trading Card Workshop

     Last Monday, we had our monthly Artists' Guild meeting and I gave a little talk on Artist Trading Cards.  I thought they were a cool little art form since I discovered them some odd years ago.  I thought the Guild would appreciate it since we work in different media and artist trading cards can be made in any of them.  The only rule, if you didn't know, is that they have to be 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.  Below, I've included my notes from that night in case you're unfamiliar with the movement and would like to know more about it.  If you've already done some, let me know.  I'd love to see them!  Comment your link below!






What are Artist Trading Cards?

Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of art that measure 2 ½ by 3 ½ inches and fit into a standard trading card sleeve.  They can be done in a variety of media and on a variety of surfaces.  Artists create them individually, in a series, or limited editions and trade them among other artists.  They are a great way to share your work.

The movement began when Swiss artist M, Vanci Stirnemann created 1200 cards as part of an exhibit.  When the exhibition was over, he encouraged others to make their own cards and trade with him.  Since then, there have been numerous swap meets organized all around the world.

How can I make one?
            ATCs can be done in just about any media.  Start with a 2 ½ by 3 ½ inch card.  You can buy them premade by several art supply brands such as Strathmore.  They sell 20 card backs of Vellum and Smooth Bristol board.  These are great for marker, pen, and pencil.  You can also get a 5 pack of thicker illustration board which is sturdier and better for collage and painting.  They also offer assorted packs that contain a little bit of everything: the Bristol Board and illustration board, but also cards made for acrylic, and watercolor. 
   But you’re free to cut your own.   They don’t even have to be made out of paper.  People have made them out of fabric, wood, and even clay. 

  What do I do with them?
   Once you’ve made some artist trading cards of your own, you can trade them with other artists or give them away.  Some artists even sell them as miniature art.  In this case, they are called ACEOs Art Card Editions or Originals. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Art's Alive at Mardi Gras!

     Last Saturday, I took part in the Art's Alive event in Sharon, PA.  It was my third time doing this event and it was held at The Corinthian Banquet Center.  At "Art's Alive at Mardi Gras" there was a hall full of local artists, live music, and some non-profit organizations.  New Orleans style food was also available.  One of my hometown friends was able to join me and after a quick lunch and a Pat Catan's run, we set up shop.  Sales weren't great, (I blame the icy roads,) but it was really awesome to see so many of my Mercer County artist friends!  Special thanks to all who came out and especially to those who worked so hard to put it on.  I can't wait for the summer and the outdoor festivals!


Every time, I set-up, I do things a little differently.  I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient and improve my shop.



Even Seamus was in the Mardi Gras spirit!



There were some bakers selling cupcakes and other baked goods.  I couldn't pass up these yummy shamrock cookies!


A coloring page penguin in Mardi Gras colors.

Cupcakes for dinner.  Hooray!

A view from above.


Musicians entertained the crowd.


Some of my painted cork ornaments.



Using my school photographer skills to load everything onto ONE cart!  (I'm happy to report that we made it down the elevator and to the car without anything falling off!)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Corry Winterfest Winterpalooza


     This past weekend, I set up shop for the first time at the Winterpalooza vendor/ craft show.  It took place at the First United Methodist church in Corry and was a part of the city's annual Winterfest celebration.  The freezing cold temps may have had an effect on the turnout, but every show I do, I learn something like a new way to arrange my table or use some new equipment.  I also meet some new vendors and share tips and tricks.  This weekend you can find me at Art's Alive at Mardi Gras in Sharon.  Hope to see you there!

I occupied myself at my demo table by working on some napkin art.

Seamus the Wonder Penguin is ready for another adventure!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Art IRL: Healing Hearts Valentines




     When I was little, one of my favorite things to do at school was make and decorate stuff.  It was always great when the holidays came around because there would be all sorts of fun crafts to make.  We may have passed out store bought Valentine's Day cards, but we got to make the boxes that they would go in.  There were some pretty elaborate ones...  masterpieces of glue, glitter, and construction paper.  Anyway, a local Christian radio station has been doing a Valentine's project the last couple of years called "Healing Hearts Valentines."  They collect cards that people make and distribute them to nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals, and anywhere they're needed.  This year, I decided to take part after having so much fun with my local Rising Tide group writing Christmas cards.  My inspiration came from the penguin coloring pages I give out at craft shows.  I cut the shape from some colorful two-sided card stock and got out the glue sticks, pens, gel pens, and even some paper punches.  I hope they make someone's day.