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Does anyone here make and/or collect ACEO cards?
Some of us in Torn World are discussing the possibility of making ACEO cards.  These are little art tidbits for trading or selling, often used as perks.

Is anyone here actively involved in the ACEO movement right now, to answer questions about what the people who are already doing them value?  If we do this, we want to do it in a way the community (or communities) already using them will find respectful.

I have previously toyed with the idea of doing some ACEO cards with my poetry, so I'm intrigued by this.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: February 14th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think a couple of my acquaintances do art cards. May I link in case someone feels like coming over to comment?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, please!

I would appreciate the networking assist. Thanks!
dragonmyst From: dragonmyst Date: February 14th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am going to forward this to my mother who used to make them and did quite well

her lj name is rgortonstudios.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Networking is appreciated.
rgortonstudios From: rgortonstudios Date: February 14th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
What exactly are you looking for info wise, yes, my daughter- dragonmyst- are you looking at what is sellable or what? i did do them alot until the economy went south, so have found other avenues for my art, i do pet portraits. I have 2 sites with my art, not necessarily aceo cards-
http://www.robingortonfineart.com or http://featheredbrush.webs.com, i do sell occasionally on ebay. I am also on facebook, http://www.facebook.com/rgart4u
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 21st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> What exactly are you looking for info wise, yes, my daughter- dragonmyst- are you looking at what is sellable or what? <<

That would be helpful to know, yes. We're likely to do a mix of cards for sales and free promotions, sooner or later.

What kinds of subjects or media do people tend to like?
Are there things that ACEO collectors expect, that we should try to do?
Are they things that are likely to annoy people, that we could avoid?
Do ACEO collectors tend to acquire cards and keep them, or pass them around?
rgortonstudios From: rgortonstudios Date: February 21st, 2011 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

what i did at first was look over what sells on ebay- at the time, parrots, birds of all sorts- lately not much is selling there, but its a good way to get a feel for what sells and what is popular- another place to browse is artcardswanted.com. Once you decide on a subject, be professional when sending them- what i do is send them in padded envelopes, in ziplock bags including a certificate of authenticy(COA), which makes the client happy- basically it says the piece is an original, date, title, medium- and that i retain the copyright-
[IMG]http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o155/rgortonart/aceos/aceocoa2.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o155/rgortonart/aceos/IMG2.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o155/rgortonart/aceos/ba.jpg[/IMG]


Also make sure the card is a good representation of your style in art- you will quickly gain a following! What happens like in my case, people like to collect birds, domestic or wild, so i have repeat customers- all it takes is a few that will catch the clients eye, and then they tend to buy what ever you put up- i also discovered sets sell well, say a set of 2 parrots, or 2 blue jays- that way the client feels they are getting a deal- when in reality, the pricing isn't that different- and i send aceo's with free shipping.

ATC is artist trading cards, and aren't sold but traded, ACEO 'art cards editions and originals' and are sold- so if folks are picky that is the difference- it is really a good tool for exposure.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 21st, 2011 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

This all looks really useful, especially that website for the cards. I appreciate the help!
rowyn From: rowyn Date: February 14th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know djinni does them, or at least did for a while.
From: minor_architect Date: February 15th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You or Ellen could talk to gen (the creator of the "Little Tales" webcomic). She does a brisk business in ACEOs and even points a webcam at her desk from time to time while she's working on them. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

Live on webcam might work for some of the artists.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 15th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I've tried my hand at ATCs and will likely make more.
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: February 15th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
What's the difference between an ATC and an ACEO?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

I think those are just two different terms for the same thing: Artist Trading Cards (ATC) or Art Cards, Editions, and Originals (ACEO).
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 15th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
From a quick bit of Google Fu, it appears that the ACEO's intended purposes include sale, whilst the original ATC movement was intended strictly for trade. I was familiar with only the ATCs until comming across this post.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

That's a useful distinction. Thanks for the clarification.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Cool!

What did you do with yours?
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 15th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool!

I made them for my variant of the 'Presents for You' meme. (More details here.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2011 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool!

Wow, those look nifty. Thanks for sharing.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: February 15th, 2011 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cool!

Thank you! BTW, I have the 2011 edition of the "Presents for You" meme up, if you're interested.
natasiakith From: natasiakith Date: February 15th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I've bought and made a few. The ones I've gotten have been watercolor and/or scrapbooking type.

From what I understand, anything that can be attached to the card is acceptable. This means that charms, cardboard cutouts, and various bits of fibreart is sometimes included.

typing in "aceo" at Amazon currently pulls up a few books, but I haven't kept up in the community part of it all. I just use the little size to experiment with things, mostly.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 15th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> From what I understand, anything that can be attached to the card is acceptable. This means that charms, cardboard cutouts, and various bits of fibreart is sometimes included. <<

That sounds useful to know.

>> I just use the little size to experiment with things, mostly. <<

I was thinking it might be interesting to team up, if you like the idea of rendering some of my short poetry in calligraphy.
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