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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.



Ch Ch Changes

If there is one thing that is consistent with Sara Hickman Designs it is that I change with the changes that head my way.

When I started out on this journey it was to make a difference. I wanted to empower teachers to make learning fun again. Academic does not have to equal boring, repetitive, or busy work. Somewhere along the way, I think we as teachers and parents have lost that. We teach them how to take a test. We are worried when they can't write their letters at 3. We tell them at the start of the year you have to have this score on this test to move on at the end of the year.

How does that make learning fun?
Who wants to spend their kid years doing an hour and a half of homework in the 3rd grade?
Who wants to have homework in Kindergarten?

Don't get me wrong not all of life has to be fun and games, but when they are kids -- they need to be able to be kids.

Studies have even shown the more senses you get involved while learning the more active the brain is absorbing the …

Monday Muse Edition 5

So I am totally in love with that is Steampunk right now. The earthy colors, the sumptuous Victorian attire, with the mix of hardness from the antiquated props and the ingenuity of a world that never was ...

I mean really top hats, ruffles, corsets, skeleton keys, gears, and cogs. 

I decided I would pull 3 similar, but different schemes for your weekly inspiration. They are all so beautiful in their own ways.

Seriously, how can I work this into my life without looking like I am wearing a costume?
See you next time! We are getting close to pre-season football ya'll. Fall is right around the corner!

13 Reason Why You WANT to be in the Cool Kid

1. Because being a cool kid is the 'shhpoopy' - as it is said around here.
2. Because being a cool kid gets you cool shhpoopy. (Like Fa La La Friday Graphics)
3. Because being a cool kid gets you free shhpoopy. (Like free coloring pages)
4. Because being a cool kid is something that everyone wanted to be at some point and time.
5. Because being a cool kid puts you in the know.
6. Because being a cool kid gets you attention.
7. Because being a cool kid is special.
8. Because being a cool kid is like being a VIP.
9. Because being a cool kid is way cooler than just being a kid.
10. Because being a cool kid gets you discounts.
11. Because being a cool kid is good for your health. (Coloring may relax you. Relaxing is good.)
12. Because being a cool kid is just way awesome.

and last but not least ...

13. Because being a cool kid is just cool.

So, I ask. Would you like to be a cool kid?

Fill out this form right here. I will hook you up with some free coloring pages!