Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So maybe I'm behind in the times, but it's only been lately that I've discovered amazing tiny little artworks call ACEOs.
ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". ACEO's are trading card sized works of art. Their one main rule is that they have to be 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches.
The reason for this is that Art Cards were originally meant to be traded. The trend started with artists. But while artists were happily trading cards, the general public was left out in the cold, having no Art Cards to trade. A group of artists realized this (ah, a marketing niche), and quickly made their cards available for sale so that everyone could enjoy this collectable pocket art!
On Etsy I've seen ACEOs in watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, Colored Pencil, Pastels, ceramics, wood, felt, Pen and Ink, Sketching, Collage - it seems as though the sky is the limit. Abstract, Surrealism, Outsider Art, Impressionism, Expressionism -every style you can think of - and then some!
These cards are sold either as originals or editions. Usually the prices are amazingly low. Most are well under $10.
Oh yes, I've been eyeing them for some time. I even thought of amusing myself and creating some. (I painted in a previous lifetime, but that was long ago.) But until now I've only ogled. Then I saw one that caught my eye: I don't know why (other than because it was beautiful), but I had to have it. Oh yes, my first ACEO! I bought it from Etsy seller Art166. It's a limited edition from her Antiquitys Gold series.(BTW, she also has a great blog called called Vivid Imagery for the Adventurous Mind.)
There's a lot more ACEOs out there. Here's a few more examples that I found: