ACEO artist prints are cards, usually the size of baseball cards, that artists create to sell and trade amongst themselves, as well as collectors. ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. This movement began with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) in Switzerland and has evolved some over time. Some artists consider ACEO and ATCs to be the same, while others disagree, stating that there are distinct differences between the two.
ACEO prints are fun to collect, because they can be displayed in a number of ways. You may decide to purchase or make an album, similar to those used for other collector cards, or you may choose to frame them or create your own fancy, artistic display. Due to the surge of independent artists online, you can find ACEO prints from many different countries, done in many different mediums.
The ACEO shown, Quirky Blue-Haired Girl, was done by an artist who’s made her work available on Etsy. The shop of sacari has many different original art prints available, as well as art cards, magnets, stickers and more. Quirky Blue-Haired Girl is of standard ACEO size of 2.5inx3.5in and printed on heavy matte paper. Sarah Benning, the artist, has signed and dated the back and also sells the original illustration done in ink and watercolors. This ACEO ships from Canada to anywhere in the world.
Sarah was kind enough to share a bit more information about herself and her love for art.
I’m Sarah and I’m currently an Illustration student at Sheridan College and will be graduating in 2014. I’ve been drawing and painting all my life and really hope to make a career out of it! My favourite mediums are watercolours, acrylics and markers. I started my Etsy shop to start getting my name out there and earn a little extra money to put towards tuition I love ACEOs, making and collecting them since I think they’re a great and affordable way to start a little art collection.
Thanks Sarah, for sharing a little about yourself, and for sharing your wonderful ACEO talents with us!
Question for my readers: Did you ever enjoy a phase involving collector cards?
My answer: I have always been a fan of collector cards. I’m not big on sports, but when I was a child, I had several card collections that I faithfully attended to. I distinctly remember adoring my collection of Garbage Pail Kids (lol!) and I also had Star Wars cards and maybe Micheal Jackson?! Boy I wish I still had those! These fascinating little ACEO artist prints would be a perfect way to start a new collection! Over the years, I’ve become more interested in original artwork and handmade items. I’m less of a fan of commercialized reproductions, and I think becoming this sort of collector would be a colorful way to bring lots of joy into my home. Do you have any ACEO cards?
I look forward to reading your answers! Please share them in the comments below.