How to Make Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards are small works of art created quickly for giving away or trading.  Recently, the CAC offered a class on Making Artist Trading Cards with Claudia McGill.  I think they are really cool and can be used as a marketing tool to promote an artist’s work.  There are many techniques you can use in creating  Artist Trading Cards but here are a few basic ideas to get you started.

1.  Start off with a few old baseball (If you’re lucky enough to find  a Babe Ruth card, do not use it!) or playing cards measuring around 2.5 by 3.5 inches.

2.  Get your supplies together.  Your supplies will vary according to the type of media you’d like to produce on your card.  For collage, collect materials like card stock, fancy or textured papers and fabric. For drawn images, you’ll need paper, pens or  pencils. Painting requires, you guessed it, some kind of paint.

3.  Start creating some miniature artwork.  Let your imagination be your guide.

4.  Trade cards with other artists when complete.

This is a great project that people of all ages and skill levels can do.  I think I’m gonna have to try to make a few cards myself.  Sounds like fun!


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