I've been getting this question a lot lately. So I've been wanting to write a blog post for several weeks about it. With school back in full swing and a few other things done I'm taking the time today to answer this.
If I said ATC, Inchie, Twinchie, Twirkle, or Mini would you know what that was? You might be like me. I had an idea, but wasn't really sure. And if I know what it is what the heck is it for?
My journey started right before ICAD (index card a day) started this summer. I had painted a larger piece of paper and after I was finished I decided to cut it down into smaller pieces. So I cut several 3 x 3 inch pieces.
I used them as a jumping off point to create mini pieces of art. So pretty simple. This is just a mini piece of art. When I started these I was just doing it for fun and saved them in a little container. As I started ICAD I was inspired by several women that shared their work. Working on such a tiny piece was out of my comfort zone, but I loved how they looked so I figured I would give it a try.I started with doing a few "Inchies" The definition of inchie is - one inch by one inch squares of paper (or fiber) that contain small art, collaged or hand-drawn. Pretty basic right? You just put your own spin on it. So after doing several of these I was hooked! I continued to work on them, but also started a collection of "Twinchies"
Several years ago when I first got into the mixed media I was introduced to ATC's. I hadn't done any in a long time, but decided to add a few of these to my collection of mini art. ATC stands for artist trading card. These are kind of like baseball cards for artists. They measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Artists can trade them one on one or even as a group. You can compare them to a business card done with your artwork. If you see this size for sale then they are referred to as an ACEO. This stands for artist card editions and originals. They can be the original or a print.
Something else I started creating are these mini houses. I was inspired by a friend on facebook. Diane Scott. She has beautiful artwork and loves to work with the mini pieces as well. You can follow her here. The houses vary in size, but I try to keep them on the mini side.
So with all of these mini pieces I enjoy using up scraps or cutting down larger pieces that I'm not loving. I enjoy creating various shapes. It works for me. I tend to bounce around with several projects. I have really enjoyed working outside of my comfort zone this summer and finding something else that I love making! In doing so I have a few ideas for these mini pieces. Working on those ideas now. I will also be sharing more of the process with you in photos. This way you can see how it starts and then ends up into these tiny pieces. I will also give and share ideas of what you can do with them if you decide to create your own. You can see more of my mini collections on my instagram, pintrest or my facebook page. Hope this answers some of your questions. Take sometime to create!