Monday, 16 February 2009


I am sure you have seen much chat about ACEOs? Trouble is often you hear about expressions and because everyone appears to know what they are talking about you feel nervous about admitting you don’t actually know what an ACEO is!

Well, do you remember the old cigarette packets that contained small cards which were collected and traded? That’s how ACEOs came about! Originally, termed as an ATC or Artist’s Trading Card, people loved the idea of collecting these cards but unless you already possessed one, how on earth did you start to trade since this was the only way in which to secure others? Answers on a postcard!!!! No, seriously, someone came up with the bright idea that you could call it something else and therefore now you could not only trade but also buy and sell them! Eureka!! Swamp on wooden easle

An art format started by an artist on imageEbay two years ago it has grown in popularity ever since. This artist is known by “bone*diva” on Ebay, but her real name is Lisa Luree. Here you can see an example of her work entitled ‘Luree tiny Madonna with bird’ which you will find for sale on Ebay.

So, an ACEO or Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They are small at 2.5 x 3.5 inches, or baseball card size. That is the only rule that governs this little critters! They can be created in any medium you wish from a painting to print, from polymer clay to glass. You name it, you make it. It’s that simple!

ACEOs are avidly collected all over the world whether bought/sold or traded and is a wonderful way to collect original works of art at a sensible price.Mandala 1

When I began painting ACEOs in a wax medium called encaustic I found it an exciting way to experiment. There are many collectors out there who all belong to many wide and various groups. Even Ebay has a collectors group!

ACEOs can be presented in a selection of different ways. For instance in an album or slipped into a card as a surprise present! They can be matted and framed to be displayed on the wall either singly or as a collection.Coral reef on easel

Although the concept of an ACEO is still in its infancy you will find more and more people, like you the reader, learning about them as they are being offered for sale on more and more websites, as well as in some real-world galleries.A walk along the coast

Like what you see? Why not check out my Etsy shop or Artfire where you will find a varied selection of ACEOs.

So, what is stopping you? Want to buy or sell an ACEO? Just remember that whatever you do they can become addictive. You won’t be able to stop at just one! Best of all enjoy!


AltheaP said...

Great post, Pat. I love my ACEOs. (Those of us in the U.S. may think of them as baseball card sized.)

Chauncey said...

good idea for a post, PQ. I enjoy looking at the aceos I've collected.

Meekiyu said...

aceos are a great way to collect beautiful little pieces of art. Great and informative article! =D

thewildhare said...

Love the post, the education, and my ACEOs! They are wonderful and give me a chance to get unique one of a kind works.

Deronda designs... said...

Thanks. I just learned things I didn't know before.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Pat,
I'm planning to feature your encaustics art in my next post at Literatti-An Artistic Blog. I have already copied your personal profile for the artist background. Is it possible for you to provide me with a picture of yourself to go with the article? I don't want to put a picture of a flower in your resume' as the case in your personal profile. You can send it to me via email at Thank you so much. God bless.

PlowandPony said...

Funny! On my "To Do" list for today was, Find out what an ACEO is? Notice the "was"! Thank you so much for the answer!

Sinclair said...

Thanks! I love ACEOs, and I also love the trading variety (ATCs). They (ACEOs) are affordable, versatile, beautiful, and portable...what more could we want?

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