If you have kids, there will come a day in the heat of summer when they need some easy indoor activities. Grab a stack of magazines and let them join the ranks of artists world wide making miniature canvases, called Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s for short). They are simply 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch rectangles. The possiblities are truly endless. There is a current trend of cutting magazine or clip art pictures, and paring them up with silly text. It is hysterical to see words and pictures together that don’t normally make sense. And, that is where the fun lies. They don’t have to.
There is no need to buy fancy supplies, you can do this is with some common items. For example, the photo on the bottom left has circles. My child used a piece of bubble wrap pushed into a layer of paint to create texture, topped it with glitter for snow and glued pictures on. Cheap acrylic paints along with wet paintbrushes create a glaze look that offers transparency. Challenge your family to look for any item that might leave an interesting pattern or texture on their card. Layer with a thick coat of Gesso (if you don’t have this, use Modge Podge, Glue, Pain, or Paste) and press into it. This is a fun way to spend time and an affordable way to entertain lot’s of kids at once.
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