It’s 10 p.m. the night before the artist trading card event and I dig into making the last card. I wanted to make 12, I’m going to make 12!! By 3 a.m., I’m done. All cards signed, dated, and scanned. I’m ready!
Here are the last 2 cards – one of a street scene in Volpaia, a small Tuscan wine town, and the other of a small piazza in Monterosso al Mare in Liguria.
The next morning, I drove myself to the event about an hour away. Luckily it was clear driving because I was more than a little bleary-eyed. Laid all 12 cards out on the table, took one last picture of them all together, and waited to see what happened next.
As other artists arrived, I walked around their displays and was inspired by how others had tackled these little pieces of paper. So many different ideas and approaches! One person made pop-up art on each of them. Another person wrote famous math equations. Many had collaged. All were so interesting, and I knew I’d be going home with 12 unique cards from other artists.
A bell was rung, and I proceeded to trade cards with whomever I asked or asked me. The one rule was that you couldn’t say “no” to a trade request. Talk about a mad scramble! It reminded me of a well-behaved Black Friday Sale! It was over really quickly. My 12 cards were off to new homes and I had 12 new pieces of art from others.
Upon reflection, it was a lot of work for a frantic few minutes of trading, so I’m not sure I’d make these types of involved cards again. But I did discover that I can get a whole scene onto these small cards and they are compelling in a strange way… and look good framed (I framed up a few just for fun). I’m so appreciative that this experience introduced me to a new way of working… hmmm… now what can I do with these minis? The possibilities!