Sunday, 8 March 2009
So what the *!??*"* is an ACEO, anyway??
I've been doing quite a bit of commission work lately, both on and off Etsy (note to the Universe - I am very happy about this and am not complaining here!!) This weekend, though, for one reason or another I wasn't able to get on with that. Instead, I took the chance to make some ACEOs! ACEOs are great for playing around with new techniques or for having a complete change of medium/subject/color scheme for a little while, without any major commitment. So what exactly are they then? ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They are basically small pieces of art that measure just 3.5 x 2.5 inches. They were originally created for artists to trade with each other, kind of like football trading cards. ACEOs can be in any medium - paint, pencil, fabric, clay - the art shop's your oyster, as long as the overall size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches. People do different things with their ACEO collections - they can be matted and framed and put on the wall, displayed in a photo album, propped up on those little tiny easels you can buy, used as very original and special gift tags, or whatever other ideas you can think of - they could even be art for a doll's house (thinking outside the box now!) Pictured above are some of my own ACEOs, along with some that I have bought/swapped with other artists. It's a fun and inexpensive way to start your very own art collection!