Friday, March 14, 2014

What Are Artists Trading Cards?



Let me start by saying that I love ACEOs! What are they? And why I and millions of art collectors around the world love them?

"Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards" (like baseball cards) 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.

"The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs)...M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1996."

Collectors love ACEOs because they are affordable, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector sleeves or be displayed in small frames (wall mounted or on a desk) and give a real insight into the work of your favorite artist.

In my HJM Art Gallery shop on etsy, I offer both original ACEOs and ACEO reproduction prints from my original paintings. Check out my ACEO section here: ACEOs

Why not try them out?

Sorce: wikipedia
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