Friday, October 2, 2009

History (ATC's), and getting started...

In 1996 M. Vanci Stirnemann created 1000 individual little cards and displayed them in his Zurich book store. He then encouraged others to make their own to trade at the end of the exhibit. His goal to create "A Collaborative Cultural Performance" may have led to this craze and wonderful art event.

Let's jump in:
The first step is to cut the stiff card base. 2 1/2 by 3 1/2. Then I usually use the stiffest card stock, Bristol or any paper that is heavy. I picked up Manila folders in large quantity at a local thrift. They are then cut the size you need. There is nothing more disappointing than receiving a flimsy card made with one piece of thin paper! This is going to be your art work, make it sturdy.
I make these some times in big batches so I have them ready to design on a whim. This card was made with rounded corners and you can cut them square. Don't be afraid to experiment.

The card is then prepared for adding a back ground. Some times just another piece of paper with design glued to the front. I also add a back piece at the end, I often use scrap that is light colored enough to add your name and info that may be required at your trade. After gluing three ply of paper and the glue adds stiffness, you have a great base for your art. I will some times wait to round the corners at the end and finish the edge with ink pad to dye the edge so it isn't bright white. A chisel Sharpie also works to make edge seem more finished.
I usually pick my subject first and then decide what background works best. More on subjects and back grounds next post.


Cindy said...

I have never tried ATC's. But as I read your post, I am thinking I might like to. It does look as though it might be quite addictive!

Micah Holden said...

Thanks so much for that tidbit of history on ATC's. I never knew how they started but it's just a fantastic way to collect art! I am now inspired, thanks!!

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