I like to make art trading cards. They are small pieces of art that you make in different art mediums; ; painting, mixed media, clay, quilting, or stamping. They are little miniature canvases that reflect an artist’s work. There is only so much space in any home or office to display large pieces of art. This is a small inexpensive way to have an extensive art collection.
Some people trade them with other artists, and some cards are sold to collectors. The ones that are sold are called ACEOs = Art Cards, Editions & Originals. . ACEO stands for ‘Art Cards, Editions and Originals’. . They are the size of a baseball trading card , 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. People collect them to create a small art gallery. Holiday cards are especially treasured since you can put them out on small easels to make a holiday display that does not take up much room.
I put our Halloween, Christmas, Easter and 4th of July cards in my home that I have collected from artists around the world. There are interesting stories that come with each card. My guests are always curious about the medium that the card is made from and where the artist lives. I have over 250 cards in my collection. I keep them in a binder like you would keep baseball cards.
Here is one that I made yesterday. It is a simple mixed media collage called Peace. The dove was part of a recycled Christmas card that I received last year from a dear friend. I like to use old Christmas cards to make new art for the new holiday season. This one will be on my mantel this year.