ACEOs and Art Cards

If you have wandered around my blog for a while, you have seen me mention ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) and ATCs (Art Trading Cards). You may be wondering what they are and why they are. Well, here's the scoop!
"Where's the Farm?"
original watercolor ACEO
2.5 x 3.5 inches (SOLD)


Since the Renaissance, artists have traded small works of art with each other.

In 1996, Swiss artist, M. Vänçi Stirnemann, created Art Cards for his art show. At the end of his show, others were invited to create a card, leave it for him, and take one of his Art Cards.

The ATC, or Artist Trading Card, became very popular. This 2.5 x 3.5 inch art creation (the same size as collectible sports trading cards) is small enough to fit into a collector album, decorate a gift card, use as a bookmark, be a Christmas ornament, or frame for a small space.

Art Cards may be created in any media – two dimensional or three dimensional as long as the outside size does not exceed 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, beading, ceramic, collage, quilted, embroidered, paper cutting, any mixed media – anything can be used.

Any subject matter can be used and the Art Cards may be created either horizontally or vertically. The only restriction is that the exterior dimensions must not exceed 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

The ACEO, or Art Card Editions and Original, is created using the same parameters as an ATC. The only difference is that the designation ATC is reserved for those cards which are traded or given away and ACEO refers to those cards which are intended to be sold. Today these two terms are often used interchangeably except by the avid Art Trading Card collectors.

Want to know why I like these little collectible art cards so much? Check out these blog posts!

Ten things I absolutely LOVE about ACEOS!

I Won the ACEO Challenge!

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