Artist Trading Cards or ATCs are not a new phenomenom, indeed, they've been around for many years now but only since the internet has become commonplace have they become quite as artistically popular as they are today. These diminutive works of art measure a mere 2.5 x 3.5 inches and are to be traded, not sold. There are no other "hard and fast" rules or restrictions, although most people prefer them to be not more than a few millimetres thick. They can be hand-drawn, painted, collaged, cross-stitched, sewn, moulded from fimo or anything you can think of - as long as they are the correct size and not too thick.
Here's a few of the places I can be found trading them:
Simply the best place I have found to create, trade and meet new people. It caters to a wide range of skill levels and styles - from collage, to origami, cross-stitch, fibres and - of course - hand drawn or painted pieces. There are always plenty of interesting themed swaps to tempt you, the forum layout is excellent and easy to navigate and it is a highly addictive place to visit. Well managed and organised.
Whilst it features a lot of the familiar faces from the forum above, Illustrated ATCs is a juried site for P&P (paint and pencil) and Mixed Media artists. To join, you need to submit an application but the standard you will receive in return is most excellent indeed.
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