Friday, November 6, 2009

Artist Trading Cards

Have you heard of these? The children were introduced to ATCs at their art lessons this year. They are 2.5 x 3.5 inch (same size as baseball cards) works of art that you trade with other artists for fun, not profit. They are wonderful little ways of experimenting with different artistic techniques without committing to a large project. You can purchase pre-cut Bristol board cards or cut your own out of cardstock. I like to glue two layers of cardstock together to make them a little stiffer. You can even cut up old cereal boxes and glue white paper on top. Anything goes...collage, paint, marker, stamps. You must remember to write your name and the date on the back. And don't forget to give your piece a title!We printed off some samples from the internet to decorate our notebook with. They provide inspiration for new ideas. Baseball trading card sheet protectors hold and organize your cards to trade and cards to keep perfectly!
The girls and I have been having some fun with watercolors. Here are some others to give you some ideas.


  1. that is such a great idea! I was using the baseball card holders for the Saints prayer cards for our Little Flowers Club. My son is a talented artist at just 7 years old. I am thinking of having them make our Christmas cards this year. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nicely done! I have seen ATC's before, but we've never done them. I suppose because we don't have a group and thus no one to trade with.Kinds takes the fun out of it, kwim?

  3. Theresa,
    There are some online swap resources. Check out this one.

  4. That's a great idea. I would love to see my kids collecting these instead of the dumb pokemon cards that are currently in the baseball card binders.

  5. these are great!
    and less paper waste too.
    not that art is a waste.
    but after years and years of homeschooling multiple kids the projects can sure stack up!

  6. we've been doing this. I think it's an awesome idea. I first saw it at Dick Blick. love that store!


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