Artist Trading Cards

There are so many ways to own original works of art. Etsy gives you hundreds of options at very reasonable prices.

ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) give you the opportunity to collect all different types of art, from a variety of different artists and medium. I am starting to collect ACEO's and it's quickly becoming my favorite way to collect art.

Artist trading cards are miniature works of art that are about the same size as a baseball card. Cards are produced in various media, including pencil, pen, marker, paint, collage, papercuts, found objects, even metals or cloth.

M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1996, holding trading sessions in Zurich, Switzerland. The interest of Artists trading cards has spawned the popular ACEO movement.

The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold, but there is a wonderful collection of ACEO's that you can purchase on Etsy. Here are a few of my favorites.

Gratitude Mosaic ACEO Whimsical Mixed Media Art by JCSpock
ACEO Original watercolor Love by WeThree
Oil painting of rain drops by nkolika

Mini Oval Bloom ACEO Original Ink Pen Drawing by sometimesiswirl
ACEO 2.5x3.5 Original Half Alive Media by latienditadelmix
Seaview111 ACEO Original Abstract Mixed Media Art by ElisCooke
Original ACEO Evening on the Town by CranberryCloud
It was really hard to choose the ACEO's for this post, because I loved so many.  You can see a few more that I loved at the bottom of this page in my Etsy favorites. Check out all there Etsy shops, their are many beautiful ACEO's to choose from.

Have you ever produced, purchased, or traded Artist Trading Cards?

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  1. These are great! I have some ready that I need to list too!

    Have a wonderful day!


  2. Those are fantastic! Especially the "Gratitude Mosaic" and "Oval Bloom". :) My sister Jordan sells some ACEO cards in her shop, springshowers.etsy.com - one has the Mad Hatter, one has the Red Queen, and one has the March Hare! They're great, if you like ACEO cards you should take a peek. :)

    Me and my sisters participated in a homeschool artist trading card group for months - it was quite fun, I made some cards I was quite proud of! LOL

  3. Another cool, affordable way to collect art is out of Art-o-mat machines. www.artomat.org

  4. Fabulous cards! I show some as WIP on my blog on Wednesdays and my Storenvy shop has a selection available.

  5. Aren't ACEO cards fantastic? I'm always drawn to small things, so these are right up my alley! I love the Gratitude Mosaic, how gorgeous! :)

  6. The mosaic would be my fav as well. Aceo's work well placed in photo montage frames. Ive got one (oo I'll go take a pic and show you!)that I made years ago. The frame came from spotlight.


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