What art can I send to people?
Anything, so long as it can be sent in the mail! Don't worry too much about the deviantART galleries, just create a gift - something you would be happy to give one of your friends for Christmas.
What should I write in my "profile"?
As much or as little as you like! This isn't an art request, so don't be too specific.
There's a full guide to writing a good profile here. Just the "The Basics" and "Address" sections are urgent if it's your first profile.
Is there a requirement for how active I am in the group?
No, not at all. You can sign up now and you don't have to request any IDs until you have time to make the art. We won't send you any profiles until you request them. It's entirely up to you how active you are. Just remember you won't receive any gifts until you've sent one!
How long should I spend on my gift?
You don't have to spend hours. Many of our members get really into it and spend hours on their gifts - it's completely up to you if you want to do that or not. But create something that you would be pleased to receive yourself and you shouldn't go too far wrong. And it would be better to spend half an hour making something that takes half an hour to make than to spend an hour making something that needs five hours for it to be done well.
What sort of thing should I make?
Like I said, don't be over-ambitious. But make sure that everything you've done is done to the absolute best of your ability. Create something you would love to receive yourself!
Examples of little gifts to send: adarkdezine.deviantart.com/art… mirtus63.deviantart.com/art/Pi… azeila.deviantart.com/art/How-… wiredelements.deviantart.com/a…
Or take a look at the gallery to see past gifts and get an idea from that
The profile I was given has no clues about what they would like!
Maybe you can get an idea of what they would like from their hobbies and interests. If not, just create something that you would be happy to be given yourself. If you're ever stuck on a profile, art-of-amie has had lots of practice helping people brainstorm ideas, so feel free to drop her a line.
What's this "Art ID" you keep going on about?
It's a sort of code which the artist includes in the parcel or envelope along with the gift (you are given this code when you request a profile). Because the artist and the recipient don't have each other's deviantART usernames, it is a way of uniquely identifying the gift. In other words, when the recipient tells us that they have received the gift and tells us the Art ID, we know exactly which gift they are talking about and can mark it as received, tell them who sent it and let the sender know that it's arrived.
Can I participate, but not by mail?
Unfortunately not. The mailing part is kind of the point of the whole project. If you want a similar exchange project that you can participate in only online, why not check out PresentsFromSanta which is on at Christmas time or take a look in the Projects Forum.
Can I request to send things only to people in my own country?
Sorry but that's a no as well. Artcrossing is an international group, and if we let you only deal with members in your own country, it would be unfair to other members who send art worldwide. If you are worried about postage costs, there are some things you can do to lower the costs:
a) you can send gifts less frequently and save up so you can afford the postage or
b) you can see where they come from and make a lighter gift if they come from further away (e.g. a drawing, some earrings) or something heavier if they come from your country.
Please make sure you can afford to send a gift before you request a profile.
I just moved house or I want to change my profile
If you move house or wish to update your profile information please send us a note entitled "Address change" or "Profile change" and include what you would like to change it to.
Why are there limits on the amounts of gifts we can send at any one time?
We want you to spend time on each individual gift, rather than rushing through a bunch of them, so you can only make one request each week. (Weeks run Monday-Sunday.)
Additionally, to stop people from getting a big list of names (and addresses) and not actually making any gifts, we set a maximum of three you can have "in transit" at any one time. As soon as a gift is received and the recipient lets us know they have got it, it will be removed from your "in transit" count and you can send another one.
How do I know how many gifts I have "in transit"?
Look for your name in the members list and there should be an up-to-date count that lets you know.
It says I have a gift in transit, but it's not in transit, I've got it right here!
The wording is a bit confusing, but "in transit" means you have been given the profile, but they haven't got the gift yet. So maybe you've sent it or maybe you're still making it. We keep track of what's been sent in a different place. (This and other numbers used in the members list are explained a bit more at the top of the members list too.)
Can my group affiliate with Artcrossing?
Sure! We take affiliate requests from similar groups. Just be sure to include in the request what your group's about and why you think we should affiliate. If our groups have nothing in common, though, it will probably be declined.