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Friday, June 6, 2014

ATCs and ACEOs

As you may know, I love miniature artwork. ATCs and ACEOs are perfect for me! These are some ACEOs that I'm going to be working on:

At the moment, they are just gelli plate backgrounds, but I'm thinking of using 3 of them to do another Alphabet series of ACEOs.

I also recently took part in an ATC swap, where I made 2 ATCs. First of all I painted a sheet of watercolour card with purple, green and pink watercolours and swirled them around a bit with water:

Then I cut them up into ATC size (3.5" x 2.5"):

Then I used a stencil to add some purple flowers. I also used a script stamp and distress ink on some paper before scrunching it up. I used purple pastel pencils and coloured pencils around the edge of the paper. 

Here I added some text and a photo of a butterfly, which I then coloured with pencils:

Finally, I added some zendoodling on the foliage and the butterflies, some pink and purple on the text and a fake stitched border (I used to make a lot of ACEOs with real stitching and love the effect!). Oh and I added a stamped butterfly with a glue ink pad and sprinkled some mica powder on top to give a glittery effect:

Hope the recipients like them!

NB: If you're not sure, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card and ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals. They are exactly the same thing, but ATCs you swap while ACEOs you sell. They can be made out of any medium, the only criteria is that they must measure 3.5" x 2.5". They're lots of fun to make and are an affordable way to own an original art collection.

I'll be reopening my Etsy shop soon...