The Artist Trading Coins are meant as little works of art to trade with other artists. I love that idea of a stack of coins with works from different artists. The back side is where you would put your information. I recently had new business cards made and when I saw these coins, I knew immediately how I was going to incorporate them into my business. So I got to work and ordered a bunch of bases from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I mean you can't go wrong at 8 for 1.99.
I designed all the backs first and created a label to add to the center that had my name and my Etsy shop link on it.
When I am creating a lot of something, I tend to use an assembly line method. This keeps me going and excited to get on to the next level.
I Starting with backgrounds first on all of them, and then I was left with my favorite part of the project, adding images. Aside from my own arsenal of images, I am always so grateful for the "Creationships" in my life that make these wonderful images for artists to play with.
After all the images were added, I went back and added outlines, marks and extra paint color where I felt it was needed.
Last of all, I added gold paint to the edges, I mean what is coin without a little gold on it? For me, personally it gave each coin that finished touch.
Happily, no, I was actually ecstatically happy to have joined in on the fun of making these Art Trading Coins. I plan to include mine with my business card to those who purchase from my Etsy shop. It's like a little extra business card - on a coin.
Additionally, I will send one to anyone who "buys a watermelon" for Tarra (my adopted Ellie) on my blog (top right hand corner). Those donations go to support the Ellies at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Each donation received will get an Artist Coin. Just leave a comment on this blog that you donated and email me your address.
I will also be having a sweet give away in the next day or so on Instagram (and posted here) so keep an eye out for that coming soon with some of the Artist Trading Coins and some of Aroma Tea Bags.
Are you counting your coins yet?
GO, GO GET SOME!
Some of the images used on my coins were created by these amazing artists:
Coins and images found at:
Retro Cafe Art Gallery- Coins & Images
TumbleFish Studio - Marsha Jorgensen
Crowabout Studio B- Nancy Baumiller
Kelli May Krenz