Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Updated June 26, 2012

I'm sure most of the people who read this knows what an ATC is but just in case, it stands for Artist Trading Card.  They are 2.5 x 3.5 cards that people design a piece of art on.  The swap was a lot harder then I thought it would be.  The swap works using a claim system.  The moderator starts by putting a list of their favorite things.  Then someone in the swap claims the moderator for one of the items on the list, and then they post their favorite things.  Then the swap keeps going, as people finish and their card is received they can then claim again.  Clear as mud!  Somehow it didn't occur to me that drawing would be involved.  Don't know where my brain was that time!  So here I am committing to a project I could do!  I almost quit but decided to give it a try and then drop out.

The card I claimed was for giraffes.  So I went searching for pictures of giraffes so I could at least get an idea of what they look like.  I used an outline and then colored in the spots in light brown ink.  Because I shake I had to restart the card several times.  Then I realized if I stopped after a minute of drawing and rested my hand the lines were much smoother.  It wasn't as nice as I wanted but it will have to do.  I can't spend my life drawing giraffes!  So today I am going to mail it, but just for fun I'm going to make and decorate an envelope and post it here as my creative project for today.


  1. I like the ATC. Giraffe and rabbit))) i LIKE SWAPPING.In Russia we swap different ATCs, usually made of paper and without drawings. But I saw ATCs on Crafster and fell in love of them.

  2. Thank you, the Girrabbit was an adorable story by J R R Tolkien. He wrote amazing stories. The Crafster website has a lot of talented people. I'm really glad I joined their ATC swap. But I am still surprised on just how much work they can be!