Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ATC Cards are a fun way to try a small bit of art!

 Each Artist Trading Card (ATC) is like a small art journal page. They are sized at 2.5x3.5", the same size as a typical playing card. Brushing on some gesso on each side, makes a playing card a great surface to adhere a chosen pattern to in order to create a small work of art, complete with an embellishment and phrase! They can be as simple or as complex as you'd like and are fun to swap with other artists!

I recently became a member of a fun new Facebook Group called: Maremi's Creative Cafe, where Ms. Marta Lapkowski, the originator, gives us a new prompt each week to inspire us to create a small 2.5x3.5" ATC or anything else we want to create and share. I've become familiar with Marta and her helpful videos over the past year. She focuses on easy to understand topics that delve into the realm of mixed media and leave you madly wanting to create mixed media art pieces of all shapes and sizes!

In her newly established group of about 6,000 people, she also urges us to chat, relax and share many different types of art and life experiences. Ladies have posted about their craft rooms, art supplies, fear of failure, and many other subjects. The group and prompts started in January 2017 and we receive (and sometimes participate in selecting) one prompt per week, in alphabetic order. So far, they've been: Art, Bubbles, Coffee, Dragonfly, Eclipse, Folk, Gears, Hummingbird Hearts, Imagination, and Journey. I've completed A, B, C, D, E, and G and am working on F and H now.

The link to this FB group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/939245982873406/. There are also many wonderful paper and design downloadable freebies in the Group's folders, so it's a great place to check out! I hope to see you there soon! Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts about this post. I'd also love to have you subscribe to my blog as well as my YouTube Channel so you can begin creating Happy Art right away! I enjoy having Giveaways and creating videos to help you love your art, so I look forward to any comments you may leave and promise to answer them soon!


  1. I love this concept. I've never really done ATCs but do enjoy working in miniature on ICAD so maybe this it the right time for me to look at this. Off now to see the FB page! Thanks so much for this.

  2. Thank you so much for this link. I have now joined the group and am inspired every time I pop in to the cafe.
    For a novice like me, an ATC is a great starting place. Often a large canvas can be quite daunting. An ATC is perfect for trying out new ideas, methods or products. If you like the result you can then commit to a larger project.

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    1. Thank you so much Tess!! I have made a bunch of new ATC cards since these - I’ll post soon, too πŸ˜€πŸ˜€