MarziaS, Etsy.com.

Have you always wanted to develop your artistic skills or pick up an old art hobby, but felt like you didn’t have the time or resources? Just go small. In the past few years, many people have started making time for art. Making it, trading it and collecting it in the form of  artists trading cards (or ATCs). ATCs are miniature works of art 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches in size, small enough to fit inside standard collector sleeves.  Outside of size, there are no rules to producing an ATC. The base can be traditional art paper or anything else from wood to metal. Media can be anything from pencils to to clay.

Valentineartstudios, Etsy.com
RadiantJasmin, Etsy.com

ATCs were orginally meant for trading between artists. Then a few years ago, artists began offering their cards for sale. This spawned the ACEO movement which stands for Art Cards, edition or original. Artists sell limited edition prints of larger artwork or create an original, miniature work of art.

JoyHanna, Etsy.com
ArtfulRevisions, Etsy.com

It’s fun to work small and it allows you to really stretch your creativity. I’m constantly amazed by what many artists come up with.  If you’re looking to build an art collection ,making and trading Art Cards is a good way to do it and accumulate  a variety of work from different artists. You also have an opportunity to share your own work. Feel inspired? Here are some resources to get you started

http://www.art-cards.org//

http://www.atcsforall.com///

http://www.illustratedatcs.com//

http://www.etsy.com/category/art/aceon

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