wow -- I haven't done this in a while
I haven't made Artist Trading Cards in a long time. I just joined a local ATC group. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and the theme for the upcoming trade is "Egg".
We make a minimum of 5 cards to trade, but some members make more.
My first thought was to fall back on my usual collage methods...but bolstered by my recent activities at Art & Ideas Gallery with Shaqe Kalaj at the relief printmaking class I decided to try and freehand draw an egg and a design right onto the linoleum block.
I figured I might be able to get some uniformity and consistency with a linocut print and it would be a good opportunity to practice printmaking. I also wanted to make an uncluttered drawing. I am pretty happy with the results so far.
the block (after I inked/printed/tweaked the carving a few times)
ink and brayer
the inked up linoleum block
the paper laying over the inked up block, after burnishing
I ended up making 18 egg prints of the final version of the carving -- I set them aside to dry for now -- I am not sure how many will make the cut and become actual ATCs
I used a linoleum block that was bigger than the size of an ATC so that I would have room to adjust it to fit the cards I use. I'm not sure yet how I will finish off the cards, but this is a great start!