My passion in art right now and the thing I spend most of my time doing is creating and trading ATCs. ATCs or Artist Trading Cards are simply that... trading card sized little pieces of art that are made to trade with other artists. I was lucky enough to find a community of artists from around the world at a place called ATCsforall.com. There is so much that goes on there and I've been so blessed by the people that I have met and traded with that I simply cant explain it all in one post. Believe me, youll be hearing a lot about it. It is truly a joy to create these little treasures and then send them around the world only to receive beautiful, fantastic creations in the mail in return.
You can do personal one on one trades with anyone in the community. If you like one of the cards they have posted in the gallery you simple ask for a trade and if they find one of yours that they like you exchange addresses and pop them in the mail. Simple as that. Another fun option is to participate in a swap. A host chooses a theme for the swap and then opens it up for people to join. The participants make 3 cards in the chosen theme and mail them to the host. I always send a 4th card as a gift for the host. When all the cards are received the host will swap them all out and send 3 cards back to each participant. You dont know what youll get or who will get yours. Each swap had a thread of conversation that you can follow along, posting pictures of your cards before you mail them, oooing and ahhhing over the cards made by others and just generally encouraging and getting to know the people in the swap.
I spent today finishing cards for a swap that simply required you to use newspaper somewhere on the card. I was surprised at how difficult this was for me. I really struggled with ideas for this one but once I got into it thankfully the ideas came and I'm really pleased with the results. I'll have to get them in the mail ASAP as they will have to make their way all the way to the Netherlands!