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What is ACEO?

ACEOs are miniature pieces of art that measure 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches. If a small piece of art has different measurements than this, it does not qualify as an ACEO.

The acronym ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They can be original art, print editions or photographs.

The majority of ACEOs are two dimensional, but three dimensional elements may also be incorporated. Pop-ups, books, collages, and sculpture can all be ACEOs as long as they measure 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches!


What is the history of ACEOs?

ACEOs stemmed off of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), an idea developed by the artist M.Vänçi Stirnemann. He based the size of ATCs on sports trading cards. ATCs can only be traded or given away. Their purpose is to share art and to encourage creative exchange between artists.


ACEOs are for sell?

The answer is: Yes. ACEOs are made with the intention to sell. The artist Lisa Luree started the ACEO group on eBay in part to make cards available to collectors. Now a days they are the art item that sells the most in art auctions online.


In what media may ACEOs be made?

Like ATCs, ACEOs may be made with any media, material, or method as long as they measure 2 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches.


Which is the ideal support for ACEOs?

Your chosen medium will determine the best support for your ACEO. A sturdy support will help your artwork last longer. If your creation is somewhat flimsy, mount it onto a sturdier base. Whenever possible, invest in acid free support stock (and glues if you will be mounting your ACEO).

You can purchase die-cut blank cards made out of lovely papers or 140 pounds watercolor paper stock. Experiment with as many of these as you can before you invest in a lot of blank cards.

Some papers may not be the same quality or weight that you usually use. You can always ask a seller what brand of paper they will be supplying before you buy!

You can cut your own blanks with a cork-backed ruler and a cutting blade. Or invest in a small, quality paper cutter. Paper cutters with a rotary blade do a nice job. I use the paper I have trimmed from regular paintings to make my ACEOs. The cards may not have the perfect measurements of a die cut blank, but they have the character of an original piece of art made by a somewhat measurement-challenged human!

Treat yourself to professional grade materials, they will last you through many, many ACEOs!

There is no limit on what you can use for your ACEOS: oils, pastels, acrylic, pencils, watercolor, inks, collage, torn paper, crayons, polymer clay, cloth, photography, and any combination of the above!



Are they many who collect ACEOs?

ACEOs are now widely collected particularly in the USA with many people having collections of hundreds of these miniature paintings. ACEOs are an excellent way to acquire a unique art collection.

GRINFELD Fine Arts Auctions, gives the possibility to both, artists and collectors, to sell and acquire ACEOs from a diversity of places around the world at GRINFELD fine art auctions online.

ACEOs are accesible, easy to send by post mail and many are fine art works truly beautiful.