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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Artist Trading Cards hit the Mainstream in Dick Blick's 2010-2011 Studio Catalog

Artist Trading Cards, or ATC for short, is the brainchild of Zurich artist M.Vänçi Stirnemann who originated the concept in 1996 and created the first trading party in 1997 in Switzerland. Originally intended to be traded by artist to artist in person, this mini art form has morphed into a world-wide phenomenon with beaucoup variations and ameliorations. On Etsy.com, the handmade marketplace online, they are often referred to as ACEOs ("Art Cards, Editions and Originals") because they are primarily for sale rather than traded artist to artist. Plus, they include prints rather than being all original, handmade works of art. 



I have my own collection going on and prefer to buy only originals. However, I have mistakenly purchased prints from time to time. Click here for an interesting discussion of originals vs. copies by two creators of ATCs. I create and sell my own as well, but, sadly, I haven't yet found any artists willing to trade them with me. I love the idea of artists trading little miniature paintings with each other. Many of the artists on Etsy, including myself, who create ACEOs belong to a group called the "ACEO Etsy Street Team." Browse this wonderful blog for links to many miniature works of art.

I was pleased to find a two-page spread in the 2010-2011 Dick Blick Studio catalog featuring ATC supplies for artists. Log onto www.dickblick.com or call them at 800-828-4548 for your very own copy of this BIG catalog of art supplies. Happy Creating!!!
-reposted from Raphaella's Journey Continued, September 02, 2010 by Raphaella Vaisseau, www.heartfulart.etsy.com

7 comments:

Pam of Always Artistic said...

How cool! ACEO's and ATC's are so much fun it's awesome that they dedicated a whole 2 pages to them.

I have recently bought a few of the Strathmore trading card packages, they are awesome. They are sold at Michaels here in Canada!

I am shocked to hear that you haven't been able to trade with anyone, you should post to our yahoo group and make the subject trade, say that you are interested. I bet you would get a few people.

My paintings are no where near as nice as yours but if you see something you like in alwaysartistic, just holler!

Kathleen said...

Very cool to see them in the Blick catalog! Thanks for sharing!

IrinaSztukowski said...

I am already ordering supplies from this exact catalog. I was eying this page for good 20 minutes. So cool!

IrelandBrady said...

Thank you for this link! Just ordered a copy of the art supply catalog myself! Can't wait to peruse through its pages ...

Sunshineshelle said...

Thanks for sharing, went to the web links too & started a wishlist at Blick's!

Debbie said...

Great post - thanks for sharing! DickBlick is a great company, too. I've ordered from them for years and have always been pleased.

sofianime said...

Thank you so much for the link! That is one more thing I will order from them. I always get my art supplies from them. I love painting aceos, and they are fun to collect too!

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