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

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

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Artist trading cards, commonly called ATCs, are mini works of art.

They are extremely popular among artists of all sorts - quilters, mixed-media and collage artists, doll makers - who trade and share them with others.

Each is the size of a playing card, and are often created as limited editions.

The backside lists the artist's name and contact information. 1000 Artist Trading Cards is a brilliant and exciting compendium of these personal, miniature artworks, collected and compiled by the editor-in-chief of Cloth Paper Scissors and Quilting Arts Magazine.

Many of the cards have been chosen from reader challenges sponsored by the magazines, and several were created uniquely for this book, at the author's request, by an impressive array of talented artists and colleagues. This book is both an inspiring visual source of creative techniques and ideas and also a unique snapshot of this exciting moment in time, when both new and experienced artists are experimenting, collaborating, and sharing in ways that transcend traditional boundaries and pursuits.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • 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.