Artist Trading Cards:
Welcome to the Eden's exciting world of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)!
An artist trading card (ATC) is a small, original piece of art created with the intention of trading it with another artist.
For those new to the concept, ATCs are created around the world. Basically, artists create small works of art. These cards are traded, never sold. Any materials can be used - the only "rule" is that all cards must measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. On the back, the artist signs the card, writes the piece's title and date of creation. If the work is one in a series, the artist also writes its number.
Artist Trading Cards have an interesting history:
ATCs are a relatively new art form which formally began in September 1996. The concept was created by Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann. ATC’s have become so popular in the past ten years in part because ATCs are about exchanging art without exchanging money and can be created by professional artists, amateur artists, and students alike. A web search can reveal millions of hits featuring traders from around the world.
ATC’s are popular with kids and other artists because they can experiment with various techniques and ideas in miniature – without investing a lot of time or money in any one piece. In some families, parents begin to create cards as well, and they can be traded with other family members, friends, etc. It’s a terrific way to interact artistically with others!