suggest bringing at least 20-25 cards
to trade, and it helps to have them in a binder or
small album that can be easily viewed and passed
around during trading. Please come prepared to trade with everyone, regardless of skill level.
make at least one card in the monthly theme to
participate in the Potluck Draw (in which
everyone throws their theme card into a box
during introductions and then we all randomly
draw someone else's card in trade).
make sure your name is legible on the back so
that those receiving your cards will know who
created them. (Many artists include their e-mail
addresses and website or other contact
information on the back of their cards.) For
further information about making cards, see links
is an ATC?
Artist Trading Cards or
ATCs are small works of art measuring
2.5 x 3.5 inches that are made to be traded between
artists. They can be made in
any media on any subject. Here is a good introduction to the format. (Note: The original page no longer exists. This is the link to an archived version.)
The idea for the ATC
format was developed in 1996 by Swiss artist m. vanci stirnemann as a way for artists to exchange art without
worrying about the constraints of galleries and pricing.
The first trading session was in Zurich in 1997. Trading
on-line has become very popular, especially for artists
who cannot attend live trades locally. You can read more about the history of ATCs here. One friendly site to start trading on-line is ATCs for All.
Why make and trade ATCs?
The small size of the card allows you to experiment with
new media and techniques without spending a lot of money
on supplies. For many participants, the interaction with
other artists and the opportunity to learn new things is
more important than the trading of the art itself.
To Bee or Not to Bee
by Dianna Reiter
This year we're trying have 2 suggested themes each month, one very general and one more specific.
(But you can always make whatever you like!)
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Art playdate and live trade at the Muskego Public Library
S73W16663 W Janesville RD, Muskego WI
9 a.m. - meeting room #4 open for art play date
1-3 p.m. (approx) ATC live trade & meeting
Suggested themes: "Favorite Artists" or "Portraits"
Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1-3 p.m.
at the Tippecanoe Library (Community Meeting Room)
3912 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
(We have the room starting at 12:30 p.m.)
Suggested themes: "Fabric" or "Postage Stamps"
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 12-4 p.m
End-of-Year Potluck & Live Trade
in the Ladish Meeting Room at
the Cudahy Family Library
3500 Library DR, Cudahy WI
We will be having a potluck meal and art play date in addition to the ATC trade. Please sign up for our e-mail list before 12/7/2018, if you want to get all the details.
Theme: Open theme
(and bring your leftover cards to trade)
Spring by Gary Warren Niebuhr