"I've been a part of the ATC (artist trading card) scene since 2006, when I saw an article in a magazine about them and thought it would be fun to try. I was instantly hooked!!!
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"I've been a part of the ATC (artist trading card) scene since 2006, when I saw an article in a magazine about them and thought it would be fun to try. I was instantly hooked!!! And when I figured out that I could use my ephemera collection in the cards, I knew I had found my true passion - collaging with vintage paper.
I will use just about anything in my cards - vintage magazine images, tickets, labels, receipts, invoices, checks, book pages, price tags - in fact, the "6D" card that you see was created with a vintage Australian price tag (before they went to dollars and it was still the British system). My favorite time period from which I draw my inspiration is the late 40's-early 50's, right after WWII. Here in the States that's when design really came into its own, I feel, and there is so much great stuff to choose from. I scour garage sales, estate sales, antique stores, and ebay and Etsy for supplies. That's just as much fun as the creating!
I took my passion one step further, when I joined a live trade group in Milwaukee, WI (http://www.carolynbrady.com/liveATC.html). We have about 30 regulars in our group and it's always a great time. It's wonderful to connect with other artists this way! If you do make ATCs I highly suggest linking up to a local trading group. You will always learn something new!
I am a full time freelance artist (http://www.melk.etsy.com) and I love the fact that I can spend my days surrounded by art, doing the thing I love most! No matter what I make for sale, though, I will never stop making ATCs. They are, after all, what got me into art in the first place!"
Mel Jones Bushner Kolstad"02 2010"