Sunday, April 10, 2011

Art Swaps and Trades

Until a couple of years ago, I had never heard of art swaps.  Now I don't know how I ever lived without them!  Artists swap ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), holiday ornaments, special occasion cards, art supplies and just about anything they can think of.   It's mostly online and by mail, so everyone can play!

Paris Fan

Christmas Fan

Mermaid Fan

One of the first swaps I participated in was sponsored by Lisa Vollrath of Ten Two Studios.  Lisa hosted a fan swap.  She provided the pattern for the fan, posted info about the swap, and artists who were interested signed up.  Each of us then created 3 fans from the pattern (the pictures above are of the 3 I made), mailed them to Lisa and she mailed 3 fans back to us.  Each of us received 3 beautiful fans made by other artists.  

Another swap I had fun with was an ATC swap.  There are many of these online at various artists' blogs and websites.  Here are a few I did for one with the theme "Leather and Lace."
Leather & Lace ATCs

So are you ready to swap?  A good place to start is ATCs For All.   And keep visiting all of your favorite artists' blogs to find more swaps.

And watch this blog for swaps.  Encourage your art-y friends to follow this blog, too.  The more, the merrier!!

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