ACEO – Artist Cards Editions & Original – 2.5″ x 3.5″ art cards made with the intention of selling.
Acid Free – Describe paper and other supplies that have a non-acidic base. Helps prevent yellowing and degrading over time.
Archival Quality– Describes papers and other supplies that are particularly durable and acid-free for use on art with significant historic or artistic value.
Artist’s Choice – Indicates that each participating artist can choose there own theme and/or media.
ATC – Artist Trading Card – 2.5″ x 3.5″ art card to be traded rather than sold.
ATART – All Types of Art
A-Thon – a group of artist getting together for a select number of day to create a certain type of art. The cards are posted and traded to other players in the thread. This includes:
- CPAT-Chunky Page-A-Thon
- FPAT-Found Poetry-a-Thon
- Non ART-A-Thon – GAT-Goodie-A Thon
Bases – This could be any material from watercolor paper, matboard, chipboard, bristol….anything you can use as a “base” to build an ATC or altered art/book page/journal page upon.
Batik – A technique in which melted wax is applied to fabric or paper to act as a resist. The fabric/paper is dyed or brushed with liquid color such as ink or watercolors. The wax covered areas repel the color, resulting in a pattern or design.
Bind-It-All – A small machine for punching holes and binding your own books
Blanks – same as bases
Bump – moves a thread up in the queue.
Chunky Book – A small book, usually 4″ x 4″, consisting of pages made by a variety of individuals. The pages are typically adorned with threads, fibers,tags, and heavier embellishments, hence the “Chunky” name.
Circle Journal (CJ) – Everyone in a small group works on a page/2 page spread, per person in a theme of their choice over a period of usually 6 months until everyone has made a page for each person in the group.
Collage – The technique of adhering a variety of materials, related or unrelated, on a single surface to create an artistic composition.
Copies – Prints of anything, usually on regular paper.
Crop-o-dile – A tool used to set eyelets and punch holes. Has a maximum 1.5″ reach and can punch through chipboard, plastics, thin metal and more.
Deco – A small book that is easily and inexpensively mailed around until full, then returned to the owner.
Diptych – Two cards that go together.
Editions – numbered prints/copies of an original in a small series.
Ephemera – items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, esp. pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc. Commonly used in collage work.
Feedback – Read the FAQ…this term is connected to Itrader
HD/HP – Hand drawn and/or hand painted
Inchie – a 1″x1″ square piece of art that is painted,collaged, etc and traded,usually 6-9 in a set.
IRC (International Reply Coupon) – An international reply coupon (IRC) is a coupon that can be exchanged for one or more postage stamps representing the minimum postage for an unregistered priority airmail letter sent to another Universal Postal Union (UPU) member country. IRCs are accepted by all UPU member countries. (As defined by Wikipedia) Note: NOT all swap hosts live in areas where the Postal Service understands and/or accept IRCs. Always ask the swap host if IRCs are acceptable.
Itrader – Consult the FAQ for information regarding the Itrader system. Points given to score a personal trade or swap host for mailing on time and the correct number of cards.
JAM – A JAM Card is an ATC worked on by more than one artist. Each person adds to the card, leaving room for others to add on. The card is then passed on to the next person. The last person working on the card returns it to the person that started the card. The person that starts the card is responsible for distributing copies of the completed to card to each person who worked on it.
Journal Page – Typically a 6×6 or 8×8 page of art, most often created for journal / circle journal groups.
Mixed Media – (from About.com) A combination of different painting and drawing materials and methods, rather than only one medium. Any materials can be used, such as pages from magazines, newspaper, photographs, fabric, soil, or packaging to make a collage. Or a mixed media piece can be as ‘simple’ as using two mediums, such as acrylic paints with pastel on top.
MMH-Make Me Happy, players chose an item to make for the person before them, and then ask for an item from the person after them.
Mod / Moderator – Volunteer staff on a website who keeps members organized and makes sure the site remains a pleasant place for all!
Moley – a moleskin journal book that is mailed around (or tip ins are made and glued into the book) and pages are decorated. Typically the Japanese accordion style 3.5″ x 5.5″ is used here.
Moo / Moo card – mini cards approximately 1″ x 2.75″ or 28mm x 70mm