This week’s Artist Trading Card Swap guest blog post is by Debs (you might know her as @daisybuttockup on Instagram) – one of the few ATC swappers I have met in real life (and very nice she is too!), I love her thoughts on balancing out simplicity against perceived lack of effort.
I love ATCs. Bite sized pieces of art with endless possibilities. Years ago I used to trade paper craft ATCs, but using fabric is so much more fun!
However, everytime I sign up I am faced with the same anxiety: as a lover of simplicity I like things clean, uncluttered and unfussy, so how do I balance this with making an ATC that my partner doesn’t think lacks thought or effort?
When I heard the theme for the current swap – “Say Something”, I knew immediately what I wanted to do and sketched it out:
I liked the idea of using the empty speech marks to enable people to say their own thing when they looked at it.
And then I looked at the design and the old worry kicked in – it’s going to look like I didn’t spend very much time on making it!
So, back to the drawing board to see what I could come up with:
Again, all fairly simple and quick to make, but I can’t bring myself to clutter things up with frills and furbelows!
What’s a girl to do? Ideas come to me quickly and I am quite a quick sewer/crafter, but that doesn’t mean I’m not putting in the effort – I just worry that it doesn’t look like I have! I expect all this is in my head, as no one has ever suggested that they’ve received an unsatisfactory ATC, and I certainly don’t assess how much effort I think a partner has spent when I receive an ATC. However, when I think about it, whatever design and technique I use, there is only a finite amount of time that can be spent embellishing a 2.5″ x 3.5″ space!
I haven’t decided which of the designs to run with yet, but if you’re my partner for this swap, please be assured I have thought about the design and crafted it to the best of my ability, however simple it may look!
Thanks Debs! I love all your ideas! Especially as I still have to think of one….