ACEO Original (2.5″ x 3.5″) Acrylic on Strathmore Linen Canvas Card
It’s that time again, ACEO Theme Week on eBay. It starts on the first of the month with a new theme each time. The theme for April is ‘Easter’.
Easter. Hm… This is absolutely my perfect excuse to do a little cute! If you said “awww”, then I’ve done my job. If you said “enh”, then you’re… a Scrooge. JOKING. 😉 Let’s just say cute probably isn’t your cup of tea. Anyway, No matter the subject, it gives me a chance to talk about ACEO.
ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. These cards can be Original Art, such as paintings, color pencil, mixed media, etc., or Print Editions (limited or open). These cards are meant to be sold, where as ATC (Artist Trading Cards) are meant to be traded. Both ACEO and ATC are a standard size of 2.5″x3.5″. Other than size, anything goes.
My ACEO are Originals. I use primarily Acrylic Paints, but have from time to time done Mixed Media works. I paint on Strathmore Linen Canvas Cards which are precut and available at Art Supply Stores. I like the Texture and the stiffness of these cards. They don’t warp when I apply water or my paints. My brushes are teeny tiny, and because of the size, they wear out in a hurry. Me, being the cheap scape I am, use sets of fingernail painting brushes, exactly like the sets they sell in art supply stores for miniature painting, but they cost about half the price. Really. Hey, if you can use them to paint a fancy finger nail, then you can use them to paint a cute kitten!
You may be wondering how much ACEO cost? Good question. The answer is mere cents to hundreds of dollars, depending on the art and artist. I would say, on eBay, because that’s what I know best, most go for under $50. The opening bid for one of my ACEO auctions is $7.99. Some people open much higher, some lower. There has been much debate in the ACEO community, but I do have my reasons for starting so low. Here’s why. eBay is an auction site. I WANT TO SELL MY ART. I want my art in other people’s homes and collections. To sell my art, the starting bid has to be low enough for someone to actually BID! $7.99 gets me that all important opening bid 99% of the time. I am fortunate. My ACEO do sell and rarely for the opening amount. Hey, and when they do sell for $7.99, I say good for that person. They got a bargain!
Oh, and before I forget, be sure to place your bid on “The Easter Basket“, a special Easter gift for that special little girl in your life! I know… Shameless, right? 🙂
If you want more information on ACEO, just ask. I’ll be happy to help if I can.