1,000 Artist Trading Cards : Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs, Paperback

1,000 Artist Trading Cards : Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs Paperback

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Making artist trading cards (ATCs) is a hugely popular activity for artists. Originally a paper/collage-based art form, ATCs have caught on with crafters working in a range of mediums and are now just as popular among fabric and mixed-media artists.

ATCs are mini artworks, the size of a playing card, often created as limited editions, containing on the back of each card the artist's name and contact information.

The idea is to make them and then give, trade or share them with others.

This collection inspires with 1000 original cards in a beautiful pageant of colour, composition and creative use of materials.

The book also includes a special section devoted to explaining what ATCs are, how to get started and includes some exciting technique information.

Curated by Patricia Bolton, founder and editor-in-chief of two of the most exciting creative magazines on the news stands, the book meets the Quarry Books mission of offering artistic and challenging new ideas to traditional paper artists, scrapbookers, mixed-media artists and quilters by merging paper, fabric and surface embellishment through experimentation and discovery.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, full colour illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc.
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  • Category: Needlework & fabric crafts
  • ISBN: 9781592533343



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This is a collection of ATCs from the editors of Quilting Art Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. As such they do have a bias towards ATCs with fabric embellishments and/or a quilted design. There are a few techniques given using felt and painted fabric, but the majority of the book is a huge collection of very different ATCs from a large number of different artists. I particularly liked 0021 - 0025, Lynn Croswell; 0121 - 0125, Cristal Marie Wooten; and 0311 - 0315, Kathy Downie; where an artist explores a series of design decisions. This seems particularly well suited to this small and fast environment. I know I will refer to this often as there are dozens of ideas on every page.

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This is not a how-to book for mixed-media ATCs, although there are techniques and explanations for four different projects at the beginning of the book. Rather, it is meant to provide inspiration (without copying) for those who already make artist trading cards or are thinking about doing so. It is also enjoyable "eye candy", looking at all the different artistic styles of the ATCs.