Artist Trading Cards

In 2022 we are changing up our Artist Trading Card Swap bit, to bring fresh inspiration to our (increasingly popular!) swap. Participation was amazing in 2021 and I hope it will continue to grow next year. In 2022, we will use two inspirations each month – the first, a female artist and two, a medium which was not their primary creative technique. My suggestion would be to familiarize yourself with the artists work, then use the suggested medium to create your cards. But of course “rules” were made to be broken so realistically anything goes, with the only exception being the size of the card that you create. I will also be asking participants to make eight cards this year, two more than before, because participation has been so high and I want to share as much art as possible with all of our members.

If you are unfamiliar with Artist Trading Cards, they are little pieces of art that we trade, much like kids used to trade baseball cards back in the day. We ask that each participating artist make eight cards, based on the inspirational jumping off points listed below, every other month. Mail them to me at the address below with a self-addressed stamped envelope included. I will then assemble a random collection of cards for each participant, and one complete set for the archives. Your surprise collection of ATCs will arrive in the mail a couple of weeks after the deadline! I challenge you to give it a try, especially if you never have made ATCs before – it might provide a creative spark you weren’t expecting.
 
If you are making an ATC, there is really only one necessary guideline.
They measure 2 ½” x 3 ½”.
 
After that, it’s all up to you! ATCs can be made of any material you think of. Many people cut watercolor paper to size and base their work on that, but we have ATCs in our archives made entirely of fiber, glass and acetate, to name a few. Be creative! Polymer clay, metal, thin sheets of wood, quilting – what is your specialty? ATCs can be dimensional or flat, painted or collaged, have moving pieces, tags, folds, embellishments or anything you can dream up. They just must stay within the 2 ½” x 3 ½” format. Bring your skill set to the practice and see what happens.
 
Please include the following information on the back of your ATC (or include it with each card in some other way): Your name, the date, and website if you have one. It is also a nice idea to include the themes that inspired you. Send your EIGHT cards with a self-addressed, stamped envelope (VERY important, if you want to receive cards back!!) and get them to me around the 1st of the month. If you have any questions about the program, or want to let me know your cards are on their way, please e-mail me at WendyAyotte67@gmail.com.
 
 

 

The themes for 2022 are:

 
Swap 3: Due June 1 – pencil, inspired by the work of Elizabeth Catlett
Swap 4: Due Aug. 1 – ink, inspired by the work of Elaine Sturtevant
Swap 5: Due Oct. 1 – paper piecing, inspired by the work of Judy Chicago
Swap 6: Due Dec. 1 – embroidery, inspired by the work of Alma Thomas
 
 

Send eight (8) 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” cards and SASE to:

 

Wendy Ayotte
76 Christmas Tree Lane
Milford, NH 03055.

 

Every month surprises me when I see the cards other artists come up with. We all start with the same inspiration, but end up with completely different products! Look for photos in future newsletters, and join us!

 

Artists trading cards