Monday, August 27, 2012

Now Hosting New ATC swaps

This is just a quick note to let you know that I am now hosting 2 new artist trading card swaps. "What are artist trading cards," you say? They are original art pieces 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches on heavy paper. For my swaps they are all hand drawn or painted. Other swaps can use collage, stickers, stamps, and all sorts of other things.

You draw 3 cards (or 6 in some swaps) on a specific theme and mail them to a central host. You might also draw an extra card as a gift for the host to thank him or her for all the work involved in running the swap. That is optional. Many other people also do the same thing, sending their art cards to the same host. Every swap has a deadline and when that deadline hits the host will swap the cards with the other players' cards. So if you sent 3 cards you will receive back 3 cards. All will be from different artists all over the world.

"I'm not that great of an artist." Everyone starts somewhere. This hobby is pretty nurturing and encourages you to do your best. We accept that. If along the way your best gets better then that is awesome!

I have completed and collected more than a hundred individual, original pieces of art this way. I know it sounds interesting to you. How do you get started? First, go to and start a free account. Then browse through the open swap forum and find a swap or two that interests you. Post in the thread that you want to sign up. Start with 3 or less swaps until you get used to it so you don't over-commit yourself.

You can also sign up for the swaps that I am hosting. I have a swap called "Big and Tall Ships." I also have one called "Open Theme Nudes."