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January 22, 2016

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF ATC'S.......INCHIE BY INCHIE!

Are you familiar with the expressive little mixed-media ATC's, or Artist Trading Cards?  I've known about them; however, until recently, I've never really taken a good look into the expansiveness of this subculture.  These artists not only make ATC's, but Inchies, Twinchies and Rinchies, too.  Wait!........ it doesn't end there; I've also spotted artist trading blocks(ATB's) and artist trading spoons(ATS's)!  I won't attempt to be a source for the endless examples out there; just google it for yourself and be prepared to enter an underground world of artistic Lilliputianism.  It's quite impressive.  Really.

Pictured are a few that I've made.  I'll finish up the Valentine's Day inspired one this evening.  This weekend's upcoming snowstorm may force me to be housebound for a day; therefore, I may whip up a few more.  Note that I used acetate and corrugated cardboard instead of the traditionally used card stock or watercolor paper to create my design upon.
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©Linda Nelson 2016

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©Linda Nelson 2016

linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2016

Perhaps this genre of artwork is yesterday's news to you.  If so, I hope this post reawakens your curiosity as a catalyst for your setting aside some time to play.  I find the small-scale nature of this activity ideal for quick, loose exercises which can aid in luring artists out of creative blocks.  If, just like me, you are far from lacking ideas and inspiration, but are unable to take on involved projects at the moment, making ATC's are perfect for releasing brief spurts of creative energy.  They make for adorable purse-size mood boards for anyone starting a decorating project, too.  Obviously, the conventional, shared pleasure is found in collecting and trading them, hence their name.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
The range of materials used for making ATC's is endless.   I admit that I'm not a big fan of craft supply store chains, nor the the pre-packaged embellishments, decorative papers and accoutrements they sell.  I much prefer gathering and finding notions, making my own paint/glue/seal recipes and using homemade/improvised tools for my creative makings; but, that's just me.  Whatever your approach, go ahead and give this palm-size activity a try!
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Oh, and by the way, I'll trade ya!

13 comments:

  1. My mom uses these with her art students. I never thought about using them for interior design inspiration. Cool idea. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Rachel. I just figured that they don't have to be limited to traditional bounds of art and trading.

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  2. Oh what fun....I may have to give this a go. If I do, I'll post about it too. And I would love to trade. :)

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    1. You've got a stronger following, Brooke, so I'd love it if you'd share away. At the very least, we can trade some creations between the two of us :)

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    2. I'll let you know when I get to it. Today was report cards and things for conferences so no fun....just work. But it was a productive day...plus a good bit of shoveling.

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    3. Sounds good, Brooke. It also sounds like you're ahead of me with regard to shoveling. I know what task awaits me come morning!

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  3. These are so original and unique because of the materials you use. I'd never heard of them before but they look like individual works of art to me. Very pretty!

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    1. Yes, they are works of art, Mary. Google the term ATC's and you'll be in for a visually delightful experience!

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  4. LOVE THEM! Thanks so much for linking these up with us!

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    1. You're welcome, Rose. And, thank you for hosting, as always, a fun and flavorful linky party.

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  5. They're so pretty! I tried making some fabric themed ones a while ago but they didn't turn out that great.

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  6. Thank you for stopping by, Anna. And, keep on creating no matter what the outcome!

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