Hello!

I've brought out my world map and have our ATC travel itinerary ready.  Are YOU ready!  As your personal guide on this challenge, let me first address our current status:

Rules & Regulations Regarding Swaps

Quantity: Each participant will have 3 swap partners. Create 3 atcs, ONE for EACH swap partner.

Rules: all submissions must be standard atc size - 2.5 inches X 3.5 inches (6cm X 9cm) and original art only (no prints or stickers), shipped in a protective plastic sleeve.  The sleeves can be the smallest baggies you can get at the grocery store or purchased at an art supply store. Some of the ones I received were handmade.  As well all atc's must have proper backing.  There are free printable atc backings on the internet or again you can make them yourself.  The back of your atc's should have at least the following information:  title of piece; artist name and signature; artist's email address and date*Optional: name of theme. 

Shipping Rules: You are responsible for mailing out your ATCs to your partners. Swap partners will be posted on the 23rd of each month, and you must mail your ATCs by the last day of that month.

  • Remember, when shipping internationally to Always claim your shipment as a Gift with NO Commercial Value.
  • Be courteous to your swap partners by having your atc's ready to be mailed by the deadline.

 

Mediums: You may use any medium you wish, including collage and/or textile art, as long as your ATCs are original art (no prints, photocopies or sticker art). Here's your chance to shine as it is only required of you to make 3 atc's so let your imagination go wild!  Just remember that your atc must relate to the current theme but the interpretation of that theme is an entirely personal thing.  Research the relevant culture on the net if you are stuck and don't know where to start. 

Sign-Up: Sign up for the theme in the relevant thread (which will be linked to above when sign-up is open) by giving your name and address. If you see people signing up without giving an address, that just means that they've participated in a previous swap and the coordinator already has their address.

**NEW** Please note that if you do not want to post your address publicly, it is your responsibility to contact your swap partners and tell them your address.  To do this, after the list of Swap Partners is posted you will need to:

  1. Go to the Members list: http://community.art-is-fun.com/profiles/members/ and search for each of your partners by name
  2. Click on their profile pages and on the upper left side of their page, click "Add as friend". You need to do this to be able to send them a private message. You can include a short message when you request friendship, to let them know you need to give them your address for the ATC Swap.
  3. Once they have approved you as a friend, return to their profile page and click "Send a message", in the upper left side of their page. Be sure to click the orange "Send" button at the bottom when you are done with your message.


New change for everyone: It is now very important that everyone who signs up for the ATC Swaps provides their Art Colony screen name when they sign up, so that your swap partners can locate you in the Member List if they need to.

Deadlines:

  • Sign up on or before the 10th of each month.  Include both your name and address.
  • Swap partners will be posted before the 23rd of each month.
  • Deadline for mailing your atc's to partners: the last day of the month. Atc's do not have to be received by this date, just postmarked before or on that day.

 

I'm going to see how this goes and if all goes well, I'll have an atc swap once a month with the theme being a different culture every month.  Let's travel around the world together and have this be a great opportunity to learn more about our international friends' cultures here at The Art Colony!

For those unfamiliar with the concept of atc's but feel a desire to trade their art, please feel free to contact me through this forum with your questions. 

Cheers!

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This is exciting Susanne,I hope more members take a go at it. I encourage everyone to give it a try .You don't have to spent a ton of time its a small piece of art.Think of what you get in return! You get to hold a work of art from another member! It's a great way to connect so many creative people from all over the world! Thank you so much Susanne for taking on the "huge "task of being our "Trade Master".

I really think it's a great way to connect with each other.That's why I'm reaching out to my "friends list" to ask everyone to give it a go . Certain people here you start to feel connected to.Their are so many great people here.It would really be a pleasure to hold a piece of their art in hand, and by doing so you are really holding them too in your hand. After all you can't be creative without putting a piece of you into your art! To connect to people all over the world,all from different walks of life is just such a special opportunity.We don't have same artistic styles, and they may not be something we might do but as an artist i believe we can appreciate the passion that goes into creating something, some are better then others,some evoke emotion and others make us smile. It's all good! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to see some new friends get on board. With that being said, I can't wait to get my treasures in the mail, I can't wait to share them with my friends and family too!  ps. OMg! I love Austrailian and African art!!!

I'd really like to take part in this challenge.  BUT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>  I'm a newbie here and am feeling slightly apprehensive about joining in with such a venture. 

Plus, I'm from the UK - is this also OK to join in?  Posted Airmail from here to Canada?

 

 

Hello Susanne,

It has been a while since I last visited.

I had heard about ATCs, last I was in the UK (more than a year ago) and bought some watercolour paper postcards for this task. Didn't have a go as I didn't look anyone to trade cards with!

Silly me!

This looks like an amazing venture; and would be glad to give it a try and swap cards :)

May I please ask how the swap is done? and If you accept ATC from Malta

If yes, will try for later themes such as Amazing Africa and Everything European. In my case, you'll have to wait for two weeks (or more) to receive the items...

Thanks and regards

Anton (ton-ton)



Susanne Skene said:

Welcome to The Art Colony Margaret!  You are most welcome to join us in this atc swap.  From experience I can tell you that it takes longer for air mail to reach me from the southern states in the U.S. and the other side of Canada than it does coming from Europe!  When my relatives from Denmark send me a letter via airmail it arrives in 8 days.  When atc's arrive from the southern part of the U.S. it gets here in 2 weeks!  So no worries about holding us up should you decide to join us. Just make sure you have AIRMAIL stickers on both the front and back of your envelope.  If you have any further questions regarding this swap or in how to make an atc please let me know and I will try my best to answer your questions. 

Hello from Louisiana, USA

I was shocked and disappointed to know that it takes two weeks to reach you from the southern United States, since I live about as far "south" as it gets. I would like to get in on the trading, but since it takes two weeks to reach you, is it ok to send you my cards for other swaps, earlier than due? I would definitely note which swap they are for. I think the idea of travel themes is exciting. It sort of "unites" us all, doesn't it? Thank you for coordinating this for everyone.

Teri
 
Anton Abela said:

Hello Susanne,

It has been a while since I last visited.

I had heard about ATCs, last I was in the UK (more than a year ago) and bought some watercolour paper postcards for this task. Didn't have a go as I didn't look anyone to trade cards with!

Silly me!

This looks like an amazing venture; and would be glad to give it a try and swap cards :)

May I please ask how the swap is done? and If you accept ATC from Malta

If yes, will try for later themes such as Amazing Africa and Everything European. In my case, you'll have to wait for two weeks (or more) to receive the items...

Thanks and regards

Anton (ton-ton)



Susanne Skene said:

Welcome to The Art Colony Margaret!  You are most welcome to join us in this atc swap.  From experience I can tell you that it takes longer for air mail to reach me from the southern states in the U.S. and the other side of Canada than it does coming from Europe!  When my relatives from Denmark send me a letter via airmail it arrives in 8 days.  When atc's arrive from the southern part of the U.S. it gets here in 2 weeks!  So no worries about holding us up should you decide to join us. Just make sure you have AIRMAIL stickers on both the front and back of your envelope.  If you have any further questions regarding this swap or in how to make an atc please let me know and I will try my best to answer your questions. 

Woops! I am just learning my way around these discussions and accidently sent my message for you, Susanne, to another member. I am curious how many participated in the Everything Asian ATC exchange? Ihope you had a great turnout. It was fun to create the cards and I am looking forward to "The Land Down Under" theme.

Also, are you going to post the entries on this site so we can see all the great talent out there?

Hi all... Here's my first ATC post card size picture. Aussie Sheep Dog

Water color... Looking at it now I think I dated her way back. Lol

Susanne, do you need to know ahead of time how many people are doing the atc's? I completely forgot (seems my calender gets full so quickly). I would love to join in for the European one for the August th deadline. My work probablly wont be of the caliber some others are but i will get it a heck of a try. Also, i have never done any atc's can you suggest were to buy the cards and the plastic cover you mentioned. Oh, and can the cards hold ink? meaning, will it bleed thru? sorry so many questions, just so new at all this. :)

Susanne - can ATC be dimensional (little sculptures) or does that defeat the purpose of a "trading card"? Karen Castro

ATC's....cant get the little suckers to lay still while i paint the backround color..aarrgghh. So i painted both sides, not sure if you all do or not but they kept sliding around so i got paint on the back anyways.

step one done...next step..drawing on my design. Not looking forward to that.

I CAN use pen over acrylic paint right??

hello every1..i am new as well and would like to use this platform to break my art block. i have a few inquiries.

what size must the artwork be ? what medium and what is the deadline for our partners to receive it ? and who chooses our partners  ?

I am Lebanese residing in UAE.

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