Hello. I am Cindy Haskins Monro and I would like to introduce you to a type of small format art, ACEOs, which has been sweeping the country for some years now. Its beauty resides in its ability to enable both the professional and the novice artist to explore different materials, to experiment with new ideas and to express themselves in new ways while, because of the small size, being less time-consuming and less expensive than full-sized art pieces. Creating ACEO artwork also lends itself extraordinarily well to brave souls seeking self-discovery through creating their own imagery. ACEOs are usually priced small to allow collectors and art lovers to purchase art work affordably, which makes it an effective way to get one’s art seen by the public and to develop a following. I have many favorites to share with you in the future, as well as tips and how-to information regarding creating and selling your art work.
Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2½ X 3½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or cloth. The cards are usually traded or exchanged.
An offshoot of artist trading cards are Art Card Editions and Originals (ACEOs), which originated when some artists began to create cards to sell, in addition to trading among themselves. Many ACEOs are sold on internet auction sites, such as eBay. As the term suggests, ACEOs may be small original works of art, or editions of small prints.
I first discovered this form of expression 10 years ago when listing my artwork on eBay for the first time. The variety of both subject matter and materials used fascinated me and I was inspired to try my hand. I enjoyed success for a number of years, with a two-year break as I developed my online business. I have resumed my romance with ACEOs and, addicted once again, I am committed to finding a couple of hours each day to work on my miniatures. I use the highest quality paper, cards. pens, ink, acrylic paints and pastels I can find and back my work. If a work of art particularly pleases me, I adapt it for use on postcards, greeting cards, merchandise and apparel in my print-on-demand online shop, Stuccoloco. This way I am never without an original and interesting image for use in designing my products.
Ebay is by far the preferred host for ACEO auctions with thousands for sale at any given time. Ranging in price from one penny to over thirty dollars, one can find something appealing in one’s price range. Purchased artworks may be displayed in albums, pinned to bulletin boards, or even used in decoupage or other art projects. One of my collectors ‘wallpapered’ her hallway with these cards for a colorful and dramatic effect. I will be sharing some ideas with you in the future concerning display options.
Once on the eBay site, search ACEO in the art category and you will be taken to pages and pages of little gems created by artists from around the world and illustrating a wide range of subjects such as birds, nudes, angels, mermaids, celebrities, holidays, landscapes, and abstracts.
I hope I have piqued your interest in this, one of my favorite art forms, and that you will check out the many artists on eBay. The images on this page are examples of my past ACEOs that have been purchased on eBay. Thank you for visiting!