What is an ATC Swap?
ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. An ATC is a specifically sized card, upon which a small work of art is created. All ATCs are 2.5"x3.5". Watercolor paper, Bristol Board, or illustration board may be used.
Any medium can be used on the card. Watercolor, Collage, Pencil sketching....the list goes on and on.
Basically, you can think of an ATC as a tiny blank canvas.
In the swap, each of my children was put into a group with other children his/her age. Superboy made five ATCs and mailed the cards to the other children in his group. Same with Pumpkin: she mailed one of her tiny masterpieces to each of the other kids in her group.
Here are a few additional links which will give you more info:
General info on ATCs here: Artist Trading Cards
Erin's original post about the '09 swap: House on Hill Road, Kids' ATC Swap 2009
Blair's original post about the '09 swap: Wise Craft, Kids' ATC Swap 2009
My post about our participation in the '09 swap: Bright Eyes + Blue Eyes, Kids' ATC Swap 2009
Flickr Pool for '09 participants: Flickr, Kids' ATC Swap 2009
Thanks to the swap organized by Erin & Blair back in 2009, my kids were able to create little works of art & mail them off to other children around the globe. What fun it was to receive ATCs in our mailbox from children of the same age.
With Erin & Blair's blessing, the Kids' ATC Swap is going to be hosted by Bright Eyes + Blue Eyes this year. Erin & Blair (I feel like I should come up with a combo name...Blerin? EBla? ha ha) have allowed us to replicate their design for the swap. I still have their old emails. With their permission, I'm going to use quite a bit of "copy and paste" to get this swap going! Just wanted to make it clear: lots of thanks goes to "Blerin" for blazing the trail on this.
Also, a big thanks goes to Angie Gubler, of Blonde Designs Blog, for designing the blog button we'll be using for the 2011 ATC swap.
Interested in signing up your kids for the swap?
Click here: How to Register for the 2011 Kids' ATC Swap.