Thursday, August 31, 2006

I feel busy, oh so busy!

Just a little note that I won't be posting new work tonight and probably not tomorrow. House guests are arriving and I feel swamped.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Red Head

I think she turned out splendidly.

POLICE "Roll Patrol"

Seriously. These little cars ACTUALLY say this stuff. I'm totally going through the toy box tomorrow to see if I can find any more. They are too good to be true. *giggle*

Monday, August 28, 2006

POLICE "Forensic Team"

These are two ACEO I've just completed, cut and scanned. The little toy police truck is particularily amusing to me. If you look closely on the front it says "forensic team". You know, for when your three year old wants to play C.S.I. Daycare.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Halloween Came Early

I just finished and listed these two Halloween themed ACEO. Holy, I don't know when the detail fairy paid me a visit but my latest ACEO have been getting more and more minute by the minute.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Miss M

This is a graduation gift comission that I just finished. I hope it is well recieved.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Licorice All Sorts

Well, finally ready to list some ACEO. This lady is dramatically posed up against a retro curtain that features all kinds of colours from our licorice all sort snack.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

What in the hey-hey-hey are ACEO?

ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals.

More specifically, they are an eBay offshoot of another acronym ATC (Artist Trading Cards). A group on eBay's seller forums started to produce ATC's for sale. Unfortunately, they were not sticking to the original concept (trading). They devised a new name that reflected what these cards were - original works of art and very limited editions that are meant for sale.

There is an official size to ACEO - 2.5" x 3.5" anything more or less cannot be called an ACEO. Most tend to be paper based or thin cardstock, but there are ACEO made out of fabric, glass and wood. (they do conform to the length and width measurements.)

When you purchase an ACEO, most artists will put it in a protective sleeve so that you can handle it easily. Most common are penny sleeves (soft cellophane) or top loaders (a more rigid plastic).

The wonderful thing about ACEO are the potential that they pose for collectors. Almost anyone can start a collection of these tiny works. They are affordable, they are inexpensive to ship and there is a huge selection available to choose your style, subject, or medium of choice.

Okay, so I've started collecting these little paintings, now what do I do with them? Well, firstly, keep them safe, they will increase in value if they are kept in great condition (just like other collector cards or original pieces of art). Keep them dry, out of direct sunlight (keeps the pigment vibrant) and avoid touching the surfaces directly (the natural oils on your hands can damage it).

Popular ways to display ACEO are in tiny frames - solo or in a group. A larger frame with a plain matte or a special ACEO matte which allows you to display a grouping all in one frame.

Another great conversation starter would be to invest in a beautiful coffee table book where you could insert plastic baseball card sleeves. Guests could then flip through your collection and you could store a large quantity of original art in a relatively small space. I've even heard of people who keep a small collection in a fold out style case so that they can take it with them, wherever they go. The possibilities are endless.

If you find these tiny treasures intriguing, I urge you to go to ebay or other artist's websites and type ACEO into the search bar. Thousands of works will come up. Many artist's careers are based on ACEO and their work is increasing in value dramatically.

Become a collector - they are so interesting, unique and fun.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I have things figured out here.

A minor obsession is developing... I'm starting to look at other blogger's profiles who share similar interests to me.

I recognize lots of ACEO faces. *kiss kiss*

I'm going to put in a zillion interests in my profile that are really really specific, just so I can see who else I stumble upon. That will be a hoot.

Must go to bed. Hopefully it will relieve my painter's block.

I like to use watercolor blocks to paint aceo, they are bound on all 4 sides so all I have to do is measure out 2, paint and then cut.

Nice and neat that way. I was all inspired and painted one - she's a beauty. I can't cut her out until I paint another one. Theoretically I could, but that would waste a perfectly good half piece of paper and also be admitting defeat.

Tomorrow. Must paint one eensy weensy ACEO.

Well I finally bit the bullet....

I've been resisting posting a blog for sometime. You know, that time when all the stars are in alignment and I suddenly possess the magic powers of creating all the software and templates from scratch....Okay, that time hasn't yet arrived so I figure I will start right now.Hopefully, I can use this to post some current work and talk a little bit about what I do during the day.