Since my post about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) I’ve had a few questions from people who are interested is making them and are wondering how to trade them.
Well ideally Trading Sessions are conducted by groups around the world where creative people can get together, meet each other, enjoy each other’s work and chat. But most of us don’t live in this ideal situation and we don’t have the opportunity to meet most of the people we share our creative interests with in real life.
So the Internet has come to the rescue. There are many trading forums out in cyberspace but the easiest and probably widest spread is Flickr.
If you’ve made some ATCs and want to start trading I recommend that you open a Flickr Account, scan or digitally photograph your ATCs and upload them to your account. Have a look at my Flickr Account to see what I mean.
Then do a Search on Flickr for “artist trading cards” or “ATC” and you’ll find a host of trading groups. Some groups you can only join if a member invites you but there are heaps which you can just register with off your own bat.
Once you’ve registered with your trading groups you just add your photos to their pools with a tag saying they’re available for trade. Then you browse through the other people’s offerings and if you see something you like just post a comment asking to trade. Your comment will be emailed to your new contact who can go and look at your range of ATCs and identify one they would like to trade you for. It’s as simple as that!
Alternatively you could post your ATCs on your blog and trade from there. The advantage of Flickr though is that it provides a ready made network for you to link into which you may not have just through your blog contacts.
It’s a lot of fun trading with people from around the world and you can build a collection of many different artistic styles and media.
Why not give it a try. You have nothing to lose.