My Week as an Artist: Day One

Each year, I take a week off to live my life as something I've always wanted to be/do. Most years, I lived my life as a writer to finish novels, put together pitches for books, etc. One year I lived my week as a raw foods vegetarian. This year, I'm living my week as an artist.

The idea is that each day, I'm exploring something artistic that I've always wanted to try but have never found the time to do. To keep the projects simple, I'm creating artists trading cards (ATC). I first learned about these at a show for Mail Art at the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas.

ATC's are collectable, original pieces of art created and traded by artists. There are a few standards. The ATC must be be 2.5"x3.5" (64x89mm). They mustn't be sold--only traded. And the works of art usually serve as personal calling cards between artists.

Information on the back usually includes: name, contact information, title of the ATC and number (1/8, 2/8...) if it's part of an edition. By definition ATCs are made in limited numbers, often no more than one of a kind. To read more about them, and to see examples visit

I'm really fascinated with mehndi art (henna tattoos of India) and decided today to play with the patterns using ink and pens with nibs (you know, the metal kind you dip in a well.)
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Maira Gall