Once apon a time, a long time ago, when my children were knee high to (ok…they were probably a bit bigger than that), I needed a way to earn a bit of extra money from home. I was browsing ebay to see if it was a possible avenue for some of my smaller paintings, and I kept seeing the word ACEO pop up. I hadn’t a clue, but I researched and discovered that ACEO’s are playing card sized works of art that were being sold and traded all over ebay. Mostly in the US at that time.
So what exactly is an ACEO?
ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are tiny works of art, measuring only 2.5 x 3.5 inches. They can be displayed in an album or framed individually or in groups. ACEOs are very collectible. They provide a wonderfully low-cost and affordable way to purchase an original piece of work direct from the artist. ACEOs are an offshoot of ATCs (Art Trading Cards). This wikipedia article will tell you lots more about both sorts of cards
And they are Addictive?
Absolutely! I can guarantee once you start painting them you will find lots of reasons to make more.
I use them to: make family gifts, swap with other artists, paint in series, and try out ideas. You can experiment without wasting vast amounts of materials. There is only one rule …they must measure 2½ x 3½ inches. The rest is up to you and your imagination…
So where does Mini Monday fit in?
A couple of years ago I started a daily painting series. I painted a sheep painting a day for a year. I loved the project and I found the discipline that was needed to complete one every day was really good for me and has stayed with me since that time. I started the Mini Monday series, because I wanted to do something similar that would fit in with the Waterways paintings I am doing at the moment. So once a week (usually on a Monday!), I paint a miniature waterways painting. Today I completed Mini Monday 7 (the swan painting at the top of this post). So keep a look out for my Mini Monday …Tiny Tuesday…Wee Wednesday… Paintings. I will be adding them to the Miniature Paintings Gallery each week.
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Oh, and if you want to know any more about my Mini Monday paintings, or are wondering how to get started making your own aceos, Just leave me a comment.