Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Art in Your Pocket

I'd been asking around, not many artist/crafter in Malaysia knows about Artist Trading Cards, so far, none. I am not sure why this fun art exchange activity is not popular among the artists and designers in Malaysia.

For those who is still wondering what is ATC, here is the definition I found from Wikipedia.

Artist Trading Cards
(or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards,[1] or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (6cm X 9cm),[2] small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets.[3] The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland.[4] Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc). The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold.

Recently my art nerves suddenly surfaces and I'd been digging back some of my ATCs. Most of them are dated in 2005. wow....5 years ago. Wow...I can't believe it! 5 years. and I'd not been creating anything (except the two bird illustrations and mixed media). Shame on me :( I'd been riding on the craft horses and forgotten about the smell of acrylic paints, sticky fingers with glues, messy table full with papers and ephemeras.
This year my one and only resolution is create more art.

ATCs I created, mainly collage and rubber stamping.


  1. Love those cards.. they are simply goregous!

  2. Beautiful ATCs!!!

  3. Wow...nice work.
    Thank for the info..never heard of ATC before.
    I like the one with the doll picture.

  4. Good resolution, grate ATC. (just give me a pip if you want to trade...)


  5. Interesting work done..different range of theme..Anyway, hardly hear about ATC..so keep it up then

  6. wow..great ACT le...you so geng! :p

  7. actually, we do, Kelly! I've been trading ATC since 2007-2008 with fellow artist/blogger friends, locally and internationally. we were having a swap last december, and currently accepting entries for Butterfly theme swap. Closing sate is 1 april 2011.

    we would love to have you if you're interested to take part :)