|ATC JAMS – Work In Progress – Spots 1 & 2 Completed|
Last week, I received an exciting an unexpected surprise in the mail: an envelope filled with three ATC JAMS!
For those of you unfamiliar with this term, ATC JAMS stands for Artist Trading Cards – Just Add More Stuff! It is a round robin ATC swap where three people collaborate in the design of a series of ATCs. When the swap is completed, each person ends up with a piece of art that not only stretches their creative skills, but also reflects the vision and talent of the artists involved.
The collaborative process works like this:
1. The artist who starts the swap creates the cards and the background. The colors, techniques, designs, and textures that the artist selects set the mood for the series.
|ATC JAMS Artist 1: I Created The Background On This Card|
2. The second artist builds upon that vision. This artist determines how the card speaks to them and stamps, layers, and embellishes accordingly. It’s important at this stage for the artist to enhance the card without completing it – there is still one more person waiting to leave their mark!
|ATC JAMS Artist 2 – I Stamped The Top Half Of The Card (Blues)|
3. The final artist to receive the cards completes the process. This artist must honor the path that has been set before them while infusing their own creative vision into the card. When the ATCs are completed, this individual sends the finished cards to the other artists. It is always exciting to receive a completed card and discover where the creative journey has taken everyone!
|ATC JAMS Artist 3 – I Added The Buttons & Bling|
Since I am the third person to receive the ATC JAMS shown in the opening photo, I’ll be completing the cards and sharing the finished ATCs in an upcoming WOYWW post!
|ATC JAMS Artist 3 – I Added Skeleton Leaf, Ribbon, Dream|
So, what do you think of the process? Have you ever participated in an ATC JAMS swap? Is this something you’d like to try in the future? I look forward to reading your comments!
Now, if you’re wondering what Tsunami and Legend, my crafty Maine Coons, are up to today, click here to see their sweet faces!
If you’re wondering what’s on the workspaces of my other artsy friends – or if you’d like to hop in and join the fun – visit Julia at Stamping Ground – she is the keeper of our weekly WOYWW links!
And, if you’re into reading or writing instructional posts, check out Tutorial Tuesday! I’ll be sharing my love of ATC JAMS at their site this week!