If you’ve been checking out the upcoming events here at Palette & Paper, you may have noticed Artist Trading Cards or ATCs listed a couple of times.
What is an ATC you may be asking . . . it is a miniature piece of “art” that is traded around the world. Anything goes when it comes to ATCs, with the only official rule being that it needs to measure 2.5” x 3.5”.
The ATC movement started in 1997, by Swiss artist, M. Vanci Stirnemann. Stirnemann created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception. With that, the ATC movement took off and has spread around the world. Swaps continue to take place today in person and online. Stirnemann has been quoted as saying, “To me, the trade is the thing”.
The awesome thing about ATCs is that all skill-levels and mediums are welcome. Your ATC isn’t going to look like an ATC made by someone else because it is an original piece of art created by YOU!
ATC Events Coming to P&P:
Wednesday, August 24 - ATC Demo with Cindy (during Open Studio)
Cindy will have four ATC designs, each featuring a different technique, for you to make. No need to bring anything, but please register so we can be prepared with materials. Click here to let us know you are coming.
Saturday, August 27 – Introduction to ATCs with Cindy
During this time you will have the opportunity to make five ATCs featuring different techniques (and different from Wednesday evening's demo), make a small a box to decorate and carry your ATCs in, and receive a handout with instructions.
Starting September 7th and on the first Wednesday of each month
Palette & Paper will host a monthly ATC swap. It will be held 6-7 pm during Open Studio. Make your creations and bring them to trade with others. You will have an amazing ATC collection in no time!
Saturday, October 15 – Fabric Artist Trading Card with Sara
That’s right, not all ATCs have to be paper! Join Sara as she shows you simple, beginning stitches to make a beautiful Halloween themed fabric ATC.
To read more about these events and register, please visit our event pages.
Are you getting excited about ATCs? Come in the Shoppe and check out these awesome Prickley Pear stamps we have in stock. They are the exact size of an ATC and a great way to inspire a background or theme. They are priced at $8, but don't forget the secret code word to receive a discount through August 27, 2016 on your purchase (hint: read your newsletter!)
Also, be sure to check out our ATC Pinterest Board with lots of inspiration to help kick-start those creative wheels and a handy diagram showing how to get 16 ATC bases from ONE piece of 12x12” cardstock!
See you soon at one of our ATC events or in the Shoppe stocking up on ATC supplies!
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