If I am not working on Gourds, I like to keep busy working on other art. One of the things I love doing is creating what are known as Artist Trading Cards or ATCs. Here is a recent one I did for a swap on one of my art trading sites. She is the Autumn Queen.The only rule about an artist trading card is that it has to measure 3 and 1/2 inches by 2 and 1/2 inches…about the size of a baseball card and it has to be TRADED. You can use any medium to create the card. I have done collage, colored pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor. My favorite medium is watercolor. I love the look and continue to learn more with each new painting. Some people do sell these little works of art. That is what is known as an ACEO or Art Card Editions and Originals. There are lots of sites dedicated to collecting and trading these little works of art. Two of the best sites for getting involved in the mail art community are ATCsforAll and IllustratedATCs. ATCsforAll is a great site for beginners and people who are nervous about their skills. It’s fun, friendly, and an amazing place to start. IllustratedATCs is a juried site…meaning that you have to submit artwork and be approved for membership. I am a member of both sites.. posting as Kiddio55 which is my username. Of course there are lots of other kinds of mail art that are traded, too. People trade postcards, recipe cards, rolo pages, moleys/art books, art dolls, peg people and moos just to name a few. It is a fun way to get to know other artists, see and own original art at no cost, and improve your skills. I have been involved in the mail art community for about 3 years now. These are some of my cards, art dolls, peg people, etc. These all belong to other artists now and in their place I have received some amazing little works of art. You can check out more of my work at AFA and IATCs.
This is an art doll I did. My first and so far only art doll. She is a self portrait of sorts….morning me with my coffee and my IPad. I am wearing my favorite necklace and some warm and cozy PJs. I couldn’t really trade her away because I love her too much.