Artist trading cards lecture/demonstration/workshop

On Tuesday, June 6, Kari Bas, the VAA’s new Board Secretary, hosted an Artist Trading Card lecture and workshop. Kari, an active participant in the Artist Trading Card (ATC) scene since its early days, shared her very cool art cards collected from around the world. It was a fascinating presentation.


These little 2.5” x 3.5” beauties are produced in various media: dry (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper (in the form of collage, paper cuts, found objects, etc.) and even metal or fiber. After her lecture and a short demo, she gave a subject challenge and a time limit. Attendees were cut loose with her generous array of papers, magazines and appliqués that she brought to share. VAA supplied scissors, glue sticks and a few libations.  The creative juices began to flow.


Creating an interesting composition on a 2.5”x 3.5” surface is not as easy as it looks! However, after the “create” time elapsed, Kari collected the cards and displayed them on the “trading” table.  There were a couple of tussles over some of the art cards and trading wars ensued!  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.