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Join us for the
Artist Trading Card

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Art playdate and live trade at the Muskego Public Library

S73W16663 W Janesville RD, Muskego WI

Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. The Muskego Library is closed until further notice, and we hope to reschedule this playdate for a later month once the library is accepting room reservations again.

You can scroll down this page to find
more information and future meetings.
Useful & instructive ATC links here

For more information or to get on the e-mail list,
please contact Carolyn Brady

Dairy State ATC
Dairy State by Mel Kolstad
(Collage ATC)
Hide and Seek Trumpetfish
Hide and Seek Trumpetfish
by Kimberly Butts
(embossed metal ATC)

General Information

We 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.

Try to 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).

Please 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 below.

What 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 This is the link to an archived version.)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"
To Bee or Not to Bee
by Dianna Reiter
(Hand-carved stamps)

Mark your calendar!

Upcoming Meetings

2020 Meeting schedule is in the works! This year, we'll be having a suggested color of the month, but as always, you can make whatever you want in whatever color you want!

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Morning Workshop and Afternoon live trade
at the Black-Eyed Press

1515 16th Street, Racine WI (Suite #2555 on the 2nd floor)

10 a.m. to 12 noon
Monotype Workshop taught by Samira Gdisis
Fee: $15 (includes supplies but please bring your own paint brushes)

A workshop for printmakers & non-printmakers alike using the press to create some one-of-a-kind prints using inks or pigments painted on Plexiglas.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop as class size is limited to 10 participants.
Make check payable to the Black-Eyed Press LLC and mail to 1405 16th Street, Racine, WI 53406. Payments can also be sent via PayPal to blackeyedpress@gmail.com Please include your full name & contact info (email, phone) with your payment.

NOTE: Payment must be received by April 14, 2020 to secure your place. For questions about the workshop, e-mail blackeyedpress@gmail.com or call Samira 262-994-8780

1-3 p.m. (approx) ATC live trade & meeting
Suggested Color: Spring Green

May 2020 to be announced

Suggested Colors: Lavender & Pink

Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.
at the Fond du Lac Public Library

32 Sheboygan ST, Fond du Lac, WI
(Sign up for the group e-mail list if you want to receive information regarding carpooling and shopping and lunch options in Fondy prior to the ATC meeting)

Suggested Color: Sky Blue

Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.
in the Ladish Meeting Room at
the Cudahy Family Library

3500 Library DR, Cudahy WI

Suggested Colors: Red, White & Blue

Note earlier meeting time!
Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm
at the Pauline Haass Public Library (Quad Graphics Meeting Room)

N64W23820 Main Street, Sussex WI

Suggested Colors: Blue & Purple

September 2020 to be announced

Suggested Color: Harvest Gold

October 2020 to be announced

Suggested Colors: Black & Orange

November 2020 to be announced

Suggested Colors: Red, Brown & Orange

Saturday, December 19, 2020 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 group's e-mail list before 12/6/2020, if you want to get all the details.
Theme: Open theme
(and bring your leftover cards to trade)

0009 spring 3
Spring by Gary Warren Niebuhr
(Collage ATC)

Summer Fun #14
Summer Fun #14
by Carolyn Brady
(Fabric collage ATC)

Other Useful Information

You can store your ATCs in clear plastic sleeves designed for baseball and other trading cards, which are the same size. These can be found at Target as well as at stores specializing in sports trading cards. ATCs are also the same size as poker playing cards, which make a good base for collages.

Trying to stay organized? Here are some forms:

Sample back labels (Word document - edit to suit your needs)

Live trading tracker (Word document - keep track of your trades)

Koi by Lynne Larkin
(Ink & watercolor ATC)

Carolyn M. Brady

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This page last updated 18 March 2020