Artist Trading Cards

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Here are two ACEOs I completely forgot to upload on any and all sites of mine, even though they were finished for the New Year. 🙂 A bullfinch for my dad, and a penguin griffin for my mom.

Speaking of ACEOs, what are they??

ACEO stands for Artist Collectable Edition Originals, and they are little art packages have to be exactly 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size to qualify, otherwise they will no longer be considered ACEOs. Historically they were trading cards between artists, but nowadays while they’re definitely traded they are sold as well as collectable items.

ACEOs are, as the name implies, original works. However, photographs and printed ACEOs exist as well. They can be done with a variety of media on a variety of surfaces, however it is highly recommended to choose a sturdy, acid-free surface to make such a card. For example, I use coldpress watercolour paper and sometimes illustration board.

Back to media. You can use almost anything: coloured pencils, acrylics, watercolours, inks, dyes, pastels, oils,  sparkle glue, gold leaf, a dragon’s fang (please don’t) so long as the surface can handle it.

The potential is endless, and in the end you get a tiny package of art that is fun to trade, sell or give away as a gift. The convenience of it all is that ACEOs are perfectly sized for mail.

Here’s the mail, it never fails…

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