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Tech Talk Tuesday: Artist Cards


Recently I discovered this little pocket of the art world, artist cards. You may (or may not - I sure didn't) have heard of ATC or ACEO. Let's define these and dive in a little more.

ATC: Artist Trading Card
2.5 x 3.5 (inches). Often designed on top of playing cards. Rather collage and mini scrapbook page-esque.

ACEO: Artist Card Edition/Original
Again 2.5 x 3.5 (inches). Typically some sort of art paper. Uses a variety of mediums. Can be limited editions, can be original small pieces of art.

Back in April I was part of #ACEOApril. This was a challenge to create an artist card everyday in the month of April. It was a lof of fun because of the small nature of these pieces of art. That is what got me rather hooked and where 90% of the Artist cards available on the site started. I will be doing this again in August! So there will be a whole new set of trading cards coming our way!

Let's take a look at my process. It typically starts with a sketch. This could be in a sketchbook or right on the trading card. Typically it is in a sketchbook because I will use the trading card to zoom in on certain features of the larger piece of art.


I will then transfer the piece to a trading card. I cut my own cards and typically use Canson XL watercolor paper. I proceed to color the cards. These all start as original pieces of art in one way or another. 

I like having prints of these cards available to send at a moments notice. I will take these originals, scan them and print them. When printed (typically 9 to a sheet) I then trim them, back them and seal the edges with washi tape. While none of this is truly necessary it does make for a very finished looking card. 


All that is left to do at this point is to sign it when you purchase it and send it off! 
I hope you enjoyed a look into the process of creating Artist Cards. You can get your prints on Etsy.

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