The ACEO Phenomenon
What is an ACEO?
ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. At the beginning of the craze artists were trading them with each other, but later on they became widely popular with art collectors. The properly recognized size is normally 2.5 by 3.5 inches. Materials range from canvas to acid free paper card stock. Watercolor board is also often used. They may be painted in acrylics, oils, or watercolors, or they may be done in pencil, charcoal, color pencil, or permanent ink. (The rose to your right was done in permanent Sharpie® marker.) They may also be reprints done by computer. The artist will tell whether it's a reprint or an original on the website ad, and he or she will state whether you are buying reprint rights or whether these are reserved for the artist's own use. Some collectors keep a sharp lookout for greeting card art and will quickly snatch up pieces that feature holiday themes if they can obtain reprint rights for the asking price of a single art card.
Where to Buy an ACEO
I have found the best source for art cards is Ebay. Literally hundreds of these stunning miniature pieces are displayed at a range of varying prices. Artists also often have art cards available for sale on their own personal websites.
The Uses of Art Cards
The ACEO makes a nice gift to slip into an envelope and mail with a birthday card, Christmas card, or valentine. It fits in the standard slip covers made for other types of collectible trading cards. Some collectors keep them in binders or card albums.