Monday, April 26, 2010

What are ACEOs and ATCs

One Big Drop - Painted on April 26, 2010
by Artist Rita Squier
Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Another addition to my Painting A Day Challenge & Dew Drop Series

What are ACEOs & ATCs?

ACEO: Art Cards, Editions & Originals
ATC: Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards and Art Cards are one in the same. They are referred to as Artist Trading Cards when traded amongst artists. They are considered ACEOs when bought and sold to artists and collectors. The only requirement is the size. The required size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

They are the same size as sports trading cards. Art cards fit perfectly into sleeves and sheets created for trading cards.

Artists from all over the world create these little works of art in a variety of mediums and subject matter. Artists trade them with other artists. There are swaps held all over the world. Artist sell them to those who love small art, to those who love to collect art but cannot really afford to buy or don't have the space for the larger pieces the artist is selling. This also allows people to collect a larger variety of art since they are only buying little pieces. The art cards are meant to be sold at lower prices and to reach a wider audience.

Art cards or artist trading cards can be created in any medium and in any style: watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, pencil, pen & ink, collage, gouache, mixed media ... the list goes on.

Frame them singly in a cute little frame or frame them as a group. Place them in a basket or a bowl. Put them in trading card sleeves and fill a three ring binder. Brighten up a little spot with a miniature work of art. Collecting art cards, artist trading cards can become addicting.

It is a creatively fun way to create an art collection. Start or add to your art collection today!

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