Friday Favorites: 2/12/2010

"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."
-Leonardo da Vinci

Hello - I hope everyone is having a great week! Today I am featuring my favorite type of art to collect: ACEO's.

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
-Henry Ward Beecher

What is an ACEO you say? Well, let me tell you!

ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". When creating these cards there is only one rule - they have to measure 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches - the size of a trading card. Otherwise, the sky is the limit!

ACEO's are an offshoot of the popular and frequently traded (never sold) Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). These original, work-of-art calling cards were traded among artists and were the brainchild of Swiss artist, M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1996.

ACEO's are sold as originals or prints. Make sure you know which type you are buying. A print should be labeled as such, and it should be numbered and signed.

I am an avid ACEO collector. I have "Coffee Table" book that I made to keep my ACEO collection. I love to look at it daily and it makes a great conversation piece! Collecting ACEO's is a fun, compact, and relatively inexpensive way to collect art!

Start your collection today!

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
-Pablo Picasso

Buy Handmade

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
-Stella Adler

Have a great weekend and remember: Go Ahead & Indulge!


Dorana said...

what a beautiful collection of miniature art niki! :o)

siempre- dorana

Amanda said...

great collection of ACEOs! i just added a whole bunch to my favourites!

Heather said...

I love those! And your green theme is my favorite :)

Debra Linker said...

Ohhhhh. Purple and green together! So soothing and vibrant. Beautiful works. Love the quotes.

Mattos said...

gorgeous collection, thanks so much

jerise said...

beautiful artworks! i love the trees/green theme... these artists are wonderful! thanks for including me, too!