Art doesn’t have to be big. It can be quick and small and still make an impact. The March 7 prompt for Artful March is “Miniature” and my interpretation is a small piece of art via an artist trading card (ATC). If you’re not familiar with ATCs, they are 2.5 x 3.5” works of art in any medium meant to be signed and traded with other artists. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest for ATCs, ranging from elaborate miniature drawings and paintings to simple but graphic works.
This piece uses a mat board cut to 2.5 x 3.5” and I used a ripped piece of paper as a mask to ink the background in Archival Ink. I used the same color ink to stamp a flourish to represent movement. The butterfly is from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous “Flutter” stamp set and I stamped it on mixed media paper and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils and cut it out. I stamped the same butterfly onto the ATC background in black ink then adhered my colored butterfly over the top of it with foam dots to give dimension. I used my trusted white gel pen for some finishing touches.
I’d love to start an ATC-trading group through Free Heart at NOCO Crop Stop if there is interest. Be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if that is something you would like to participate in. And I have a goal to do a future art challenge (Similar to Artful March) where we do ATC’s and post them every day. Stay tuned for that.