Creating ACEO art cards

Practicing watercolor and pen & ink combination technique with little ACEO art cards lately.

What is an ACEO? ACEO means “Art Cards Editions and Originals”. These are miniature original works of art measuring 2.5” x 3.5”. Many artist are creating and selling them online and collectors are happy to have an affordable way to obtain original art.

I sell these on eBay. Here’s a look at a few from June and July:

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Adding watercolor

I love working with pen and ink but have wanted to add color for a while. Of coarse, I have been learning to do digital painting that has worked great for book illustrating. But the traditional brush on paper type of painting is calling me. I have in the past collected numerous books from proficient watercolor artists and also many of the tools: professional quality paints, watercolor paper and a set of nice brushes. It seemed so mysterious and hard to break into, I struggled for direction to help my self study. Recently I stumbling across a youTube channel: Steve Mitchell is an illustrator of many years and has a great teaching method. He’s been posting video instruction for about four years and has many followers and students. As I work through these lessons some of the mystery is clearing up and I’m finding it really is a fun medium!


An original watercolor painting on an ACEO artist trading card.