Artist's Trading Cards

Up until a year or so ago, I had no idea what an Artist Trading Card was. Do you know?

These 2.5". x 3 .5" cards are miniature works of art which are shared around the world. Artists create, trade and swap them. Some swaps have themes such as this one sponsored by Grumbacher Offical  Fan Page. The theme for the current swap is Space. Each artist can interpret the theme any way they wish - paint, draw, mixed media, etc.

The paper I used was made with this  Pour Handmold

Medium Pour Handmold
I started by applying a layer of gesso. I was not sure what paints I would be using and this would provide a better surface to work on. 

Now for the fun!! I started with a layer of darks and then added various gold and metallics. 

Just keep playing until you get the effect you want. I cut a star and the ribbon tails from another piece of paper. I painted them gold and added doodling. I finished the ATC  with a quote. 
I love how this turned out and hope whoever gets it in the swap enjoys it too!

There is still time to finish your Christmas shopping with this 12 Months of Paper Calendar!

12 Months of Paper Calendar

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  1. Love your ATC! The quote is really nice too! I just finished reading Shirley Temple's bio - her Mom used to tell her to Sparkle.

  2. LOVE ATCs and this one is extra special........we should all remember to SPARKLE! Love and light,


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