Sunday, 29 August 2010



Coffee break

Coffee Break

Colour Pencil on Stonehenge Paper

3.5 inches x 2.5 inches

Have just completed this Artist Trading Card for Scribble Talk. Scribble Talk is an online forum for people who love to scribble, be it with graphite, coloured pencil or pastels ( or any other type of pen/pencil). Mostly people post their latest work to the site and receive comments and criticisms (always positive and helpful). A number of people also post WIPs (works in progress) to show how they completed their work. I have actually done one of these myself of the Temple at Side which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. It is actually a very effective way of making yourself get on with a piece if you know people are “watching”.

They also do an ATC swap about every 2 months. Everyone who wants to take part completes a drawing which has to measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. You post a picture of the card to the person organising the swap. After the closing date, the organiser sorts out who is going to receive which card and the results are posted to the forum. You then contact the person who is sending their card to  you and give them your address….and a couple of days or weeks later (this is a worldwide thing so postal times can vary) an original art works comes through the post. The person who is to receive your card will contact you with their details and you post it off to them.

There are a number of sites which do such swaps but many of them either expect you to do a number of cards for each swap or run them on a weekly basis etc. One every 2 months is about right. Otherwise you could spend your whole time doing cards to the detriment of other great masterpieces you may or may not be creating!

I am off to Brownsea Island for a couple of days next week so look out for an extended Brownsea Blog.

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