Another opportunity knocking to an artist is doing some ACEO/ATC.

First off, what is ACEO/ATC? Here’s a definition.. 

Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. 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).

There’s actually no limit in what medium to use – oils, pastels, acrylic, pencils, watercolor, inks, etc. While Artist Trading Cards are made to be traded in person, it could be sold as well.

ACEO by gusososland
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If you would just go to the web, there’s definitely a LOT of inspiration going around. And it’s up to you to grab the opportunity of doing something to challenge yourself and at the same time, enjoy. 🙂

Atlantic Show ATCs
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As for the viewers/consumers, it’s way to support an artist since they have the character of an original piece of art made by the artist you’re following. You get the love if you know what I mean. 😀


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