Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s):
ATC’s are small ( 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) cards that you create to trade with fellow artist friends. If you are uncomfortable making something this small, feel free to use a larger piece of paper – 4 x 6 inches or 5 x 7 inches for example. The process will work the same on any size paper you choose.
I used watercolor for this project. The colors I used are listed below along with other colors that will work just as well. I’m sure there are lots of options. I have a Schmincke watercolor set and all the colors I used, except for Opera Pink, are in this set. Please feel free to use what you have and fell free to substitute other media if you don’t have watercolors. You can just as easily use acrylics, Neocolor IIs, colored pencils, watercolor pencils or markers instead – just have fun with it. In video #1 I show you a couple of examples of cards I made with something other than watercolor.
Also, I collaged scrapbook paper for the clothing but, if you prefer, you can paint or draw clothes instead or leave her naked. Collaging scrapbook paper like this is a little time consuming but it creates a fun effect.
I do not show you this in any video but, for the back of the card, you have several options:
- Leave it blank; or
- Add any details you like such as your name, why you are trading cards, city/state/country of residence,
website address or the art supplies used; or
- Glue on a piece of chipboard, scrapbook paper and/or any other decorative paper cut to size; or
- Paint it. If you plan to write on it after its painted, I suggest using a matte craft paint like Americana or
Ceramcoat. It will be easier to write on than gloss paint.
1. Watercolor ATC or watercolor paper at least 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size
– I cut my own ATCs from scrap watercolor paper and I show you how I do that in Video #1 with a rotary
cutter, ruler and mat. If you do not have a rotary cutter, you can draw one to size with a ruler and light
pencil line and cut it out with scissors. A light pencil line will be easier to erase.
- #3 round watercolor brush
- – Naples Yellow Reddish – main skin tone (opt. Titan Buff, Jaune Brilliant #1 or Naples Yellow)
- – Madder Brown – mid skin tone (opt. Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant #2 or Raw Sienna)
- – Indian Red – dark skin tone (opt. Venetian Red, Van Dyke Brown, Sepia or Burnt Umber)
- – Neutral Tint – shading (opt. Payne’s Gray, Indigo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, DS Shadow Violet or DS
- – Black and Payne’s Gray – hair (opt. any hair color you prefer)
- – Opera Pink and Cadmium Red – lips, cheeks and shading (opt. any pink or red you prefer)
- – Turquoise – eyes and background (opt. any eye and background color you prefer)
- – Green – background (optional)
- – Yellow – bird (optional)
- – Orange – bird (optional)
4. Scissors, small piece of scrapbook paper, matte medium and brush if you collage the clothing (opt. matte Collage Podge or matte Mod Podge)
5. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner in dark gray and black (opt. Stabilo pen, Faber-Castel Pitt pen, Micron pen, etc.) 6. White Gelly Roll pen (opt. Uniball Signo white)
7. Sharpie extra-fine point paint pen – water based (opt. Posca paint pen or any of the other paint pens or white acrylic paint and small round brush)
8. Pencil and eraser
9. Colored pencil