ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are miniature works of art on cardstock that measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (or 64×89 mm). They derived from ATC’s (Art trading cards). Non-sports trading cards date way back in the late 1800’s when they were introduced in cigarette packs to keep the packages sturdy. The cigarette companies realized that sales went up with the cards and started adding ‘series cards’ to the packs for people to collect.
This is a sample ACEO of mine, it is a print of a larger drawing I had done in pencil.
On to the present, Art Trading cards were suppose to serve one purpose; for artists to connect, meet each other, and to trade and collect works of art from other artists. ATC cards were to be traded and never sold. This didn’t sit well for the non artist community who wanted to own said works of art, but had no talent themselves to participate.
I now introduce you to Lisa Luree, aka “bone*diva” on Ebay. Lisa wanted to be able to get her art into the hands of non-artists, and get her work shown and ‘out there’. Around the year 2004, Lisa started selling her creative miniatures and termed the name “ACEO”.
The only rule to an ACEO is that it be a 2.5 x 3.5 inch card. They come in many different styles, mediums and subjects-and are created by many different artists and outsiders. (‘Outsider art’ is art by people who don’t really consider themselves artists, but still feel they have something to offer the ACEO community.)
The prices of an ACEO card can range from .99 cents to over a hundred dollars! Just like most collectibles, Aceo’s have ‘theme phases’ that will make a particular subject sell better than the next.
So now that you know – get to creating! The collectors are waiting! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
Here is one more card hand drawn by me, I did this one on my Wacom Tablet, then had it printed.
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