Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekly Art Challenge

Tiny Art:
ACEOs and ATCs

"ACEO" stands for "Art Cards, Editions, and Originals"
and "ATC" stands for Artist Trading Cards.

What does all that mean, you might ask?
When this type of art was first created, its purpose was to
share art by encouraging creative exchange between artists.

Both ACEOs and ATCs are essentially the same thing. 
Some say that ATCs are only meant to be traded, 
whereas ACEOs are meant to be sold.

But all you really have to remember is this: 
The size is always 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  
About the size of a sports trading card.

Absolutely any surface you can use to create art, 
you can use to make an ACEO.
Paper, canvas, fabric, wood, digital . . . the list goes on and on.

The only rule is the size!

Can you believe these lovely pieces are all so tiny?

So the challenge this week is to create an ACEO. 

Use any media you like and any subject matter
~ whether it's paint, collage, pencil or ink, pastels, 
a digital creation, fiber, clay, photography or all of the above ~
to paraphrase a potato chip commercial:
I bet you can't make just one!

If you like to create collages and mixed media art,
you probably have piles (boxes? cabinets?) full of
bits and pieces of paper and other material that you know
will come in handy some day. This is a perfect time to
make good use of all that! (So you have room to save some more :)

Let's see how creative you can get with some tiny art!
Entries are due by Sunday, January 27 at noon (EST).
Guidelines are in the right sidebar.

All of the above ACEOs are found on Etsy.
Click each photo to visit the artists' shops.

Just a Reminder:
This Friday, January 25, is the last day to join
the Tag Swap!

Read about it HERE.

And email your snail mail address to: 
if you would like to join in!

Add your ACEO/ATC entry to Mr. Linky below.

Have a great week!




Becky Loyall said...

What lovely artwork! You are so welcome for the collage sheets. Lynne and I are happy to share.

Rosie said...

Very lovely ATCs here. Thank you for the challenge

Linda said...

wonderful ATCS!

IMGIRL said...

A great way to share works of art and full of possibilities! lOVE ACEO'S and ATC'S.

lorik said...

Great selection of tiny art. I had no idea what ACEO meant - now I do. And this is my first one ever:)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love it when I learn something new - ACEO!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These little pieces of art become addictive to make! Loved the challenge, Maggie!

Lizbethem said...

I haven't made an ATC in ages so it was great fun. Thanks for the challenge. I love the examples.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

The samples are beautiful!

janice smith said...

Maggie, thank you so much for the opportunity to link up. I love visiting back and forth with everyone and seeing all of their beautiful work. So much fun!

Ariel said...

ATC's are new to me. Will be trying to create more of these fun little cards.

BLiSsAngELs said...

here one of mine made for a swap .... and if anyone is interested I run an ATC swap group all welcome at

BLiSsAngELs said...

oops missed a letter off

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