The Business Cards Of The Art World: Artist Trading Cards

Artist trading cards (ATC’s) are trading card sized art works that are gifted or swapped for other ATC’s. Fantastic right! Considering how long I have loved art; It’s ridiculously that I only found this tool more recently. And it most certainly is a great one! I like to look at them like the business cards of the art world.
ATC’s are 2.5 by 3.5 inch’s but apart from that, there aren’t really any rules. They are stitched, drawn, painted, collaged and some even have more sculptural and 3D effects.

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There are local and online card swaps where people get together for this; which is a great way to show your art to other artists and exchange a form of contact. On the back is a common place for an email or web address, work title, the medium you used, date, name and signature.
The other week I was ordering some business cards online, and it hit me!… I’m going to make my business cards dual functional! Since my cards have now arrived I began the task of covering there backs.
Here are five I have so far, waiting to go out into the world
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I also reserve the right to use this one in case anyone takes offence to the above ATC’s
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“…The Great Artists Steal”

Pablo Picasso’s quote “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” has been a topic point that keeps coming up these past few days along with a TED talk I watched about a year ago called “Steal Like An Artist”
I remember the day I watched it, I had been doing a similar thing with old newspapers and magazines, crossing out words leaving a story or poem with those left behind. I started this when I was drawing illustrations on old text books thinking I was being original. The news wasn’t to hardly taken though, that it had been done many times over, because that was exactly what this guy had thought.

Around the same time was my discovery of peter draws, and his video “Epic mandala drawing (and thoughts about stealing art)” Peter also handed me another lead after reciting the quote by the director Jim Jarmusch as I then discovered the movie “Coffee and Cigarettes” which was full of some of the most inspiring and weird conversations and quotes such “The earth is a conductor of acoustical resonance.” and “I drink a lot of coffee before I go to bed so I can dream faster.”

I remember I was on a roll this day,and I copied all this cool stuff into my sketchbooks. Notes and sketches about lucid dreaming, sleep deprivation, reviving sharpie pens, zentangling and it was even the day I found Russell Brands political videos such as the messiah complex, the interview for BBC news and MSNBC where he showed them up as complete idiots!

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I realized this was all I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I’d be a Blogger. Needless to say, one or two videos set off a snowball effect off research and now here I am. Getting off my lazy bum, not sleeping all day and working for the life I want to have 😉 Above is my old sketchbook on the exact page!

As always, Enjoy!

Art Journalist: Milliande

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Milliande has been one of my favorite mixed journalist for years. She shares many wonderful techniques and has hundreds of great videos so you’ll never run out of stuff to watch! I really wanted all you artists out there to be able to make use of all the really tools you can gain from this incredibly creative woman!

Some of videos are a little long to use as snippets and you really want to sit down with them and take notes. Here are some photo’s I pinched from her blog 😉

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(That awkward moment when you can’t find yesterdays blog and realize you made it its own a page :/)

Another Cool Place for Artists!

Behanced.net is another place where you can “showcase and discover creative work” I only found this site today and although I don’t know a whole lot about it, just searching around at the projects and art works is a jaw dropping experience. It’s free to sign up and they quote it to be “the worlds leading platform for creative professionals across all industries.”
These guys also have a curated site called “Illustration Served” which your work can be considered for but only if you are signed up to Behanced.

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here are a couple of the cool things I found on served and behance.
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A Cool Resource For Artists

I found  fantastic site for artist although it is directed at high school art students, it has a lot to offer for any artist! It is full of inspiring and practical articles. One I used today for my daily drawing, from an article “how to draw and paint faster” And another is full of amazing photography techniques that I can have a look at for my new project about creepy photo’s

It’s so rich with goodies…Check it out!

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The World As Inspiration Part Two: Where To Find The Great Ideas!

Not everyone wants to stay at home and search online for ideas, and although you can with all the following resources, to some degree, they will be more effective to check out in person. Some of these are continual, some are events and need to be marked in your calender…or Filofax 😉

Public Resource Centers.
Not only does your local library stock many fantastic books to borrow, but often they hold events and clubs for all sorts of topics. From talks to challenges and competitions. This also goes for museums and art gallery’s! Often which, include films and documentary’s being screened and fresh and changing exhibitions. These places also have information and public notice boards which can turn up some awesome stuff too!

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ike here, in the space of 13 days there are 10 really cool things on and that is just the art gallery!

News and newspapers!
In paying special attention to local papers and smaller news groups in the deeper internet I noticed the wealth of cool things sprouting out. Community projects, Local or weird artists, more events and silly little things that people do that turns heads. Keep an eye also on the public notices, they’re full of surprises. From corn field mazes you didn’t existed, to discovering extra little museums you didn’t even know you had. I found in just this weeks smaller paper at least 20 or so things that would be fun to work with.
I’ll also put radio stations in this section. There a range of talk radio stations that have fantastic content. One of which I listen to often is the “Dark Matter Radio” The have a range of shows, some better used for sparking your imagination than anything else but they do have great physic shows. When I say better used for imagination, many shows are conspiracy and paranormal based. But the content is fantastic! It can be a little like a radio version of ‘Fringe’ at times and some of it even has me fearing the black eyed children that may come knocking my door at night. Either way, have a Google search around at the many radio stations around the world!

Cool events, holidays and observances!
Bubble-bath day anyone? What about beer can appreciation day? Peculiar People Day, Rubber Duckie Day, Felt Hat Day, Floral Design Day… The list is huge! That doesn’t include special event celebrations in your town or city! I just found out today I missed out on a free breakfast for bikers on a “bike to work” day I believe. In that alone I remembered I wanted to bike around my country with a sketchbook or two and document my journey. Events will be something you’ll have to Google yourself for your area but below are some websites listing observance by date 😉 You may have notice in the sketchbook project that I like to use these as drawing prompts as well as project ideas.
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Wiki un-offical obervances.
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Free courses and Education tools

That’s right free! and not just that, vast topic ranges and quality education! My favorites so far are Coursera which has courses from many prestigious university’s and TED, probably the most popular.
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There is NO excuse to not find something with this list! There will be thousands and thousands of great courses to choose from. I don’t really do full courses personally, I just love the access to the lectures and pod casts!

Still have free time to sit and say “I don’t know what to do? I have no ideas or inspiration!”? Private message me so we can meet up and I can slap you with a dead fish 😀

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