What is an ACEO?

An ACEO is a miniature painting about the size of a trading card. They measure only 2.5" x 3.5" in size and the term 'ACEO' is an acronymn for "Art Card Editions and Originals". Collected and created by people around the world, these small masterpieces are certainly addictive.

bear with balloon ACEO by Lisa Marie Robinson

ACEO versus ATC

The ATC (Artist Trading Card) is exactly the same size as an ACEO but they are only traded or exchanged between artists for another ATC.

In 2004 an artist called Lisa Luree realized that the general public were missing out on these mini pieces of art and she started selling them. It quickly became popular and the ACEO was born.

Originals and Editions

As their name suggests, ACEOs are sold as either an Original or an Edition. An Original is the actual painting, while an Edition is a print of an original and can be either Limited Edition (restricted to a set number of copies) or Open Edition (unlimited). Some collectors prefer to buy only originals, while others don't have a preference.

Whimsical Robin ACEO by Lisa Marie Robinson

One Rule!

There is only one rule when creating an ACEO, It must be 2.5" x 3.5". Other than that you're free to do whatever you please. This freedom lends itself to a whole array of different subjects matters to collect and different materials used in their creation.

Perfect for Small Spaces

One fo the best things I like about ACEO is their size. Being so small means anyone can collect them, even people with minimal space.

Some people store theirs in albums, others use tins, and some even frame them and hang them on their wall. Displaying 3, 5 or even 9 ACEOs together can make quite an impact.

Calico Cat ACEO by Lisa Marie Robinson

Acrylic, Pastel, or Cross Stitch!

As an ACEO artist I prefer to use more traditional painting methods when I create my mini art and my absolute favourite is acrylic on watercolour paper. That's just my preference, and you'll find that other ACEO artists have their own favourites.

Some of the more traditional mediums used for ACEOs are; acrylic, ink, pastel, coloured pencil, charcoal, oil pastel and watercolour.

Other artists however prefer something a little different and I've found a few interesting materials and methods being used including encaustic wax, lino print, and even cross stitch.

One last thing. Be careful. ACEO is addictive!