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ACEOs. What are they?

ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". The standard format is 2.5" x 3.5" inches in dimension - the 
same size as a sports trading card.

They are being created and collected by artists and art enthusiasts around the world. The best part is, being only  a few inches in size, it makes it possible for those of us who don't have a whole lot of wall space to become art collectors. 

No matter what your taste, there are ACEOs being created all over the world just for you! Watercolour, acrylic, 
pencil... folk art, realism, surrealism... animals, portraits, landscapes... the styles, mediums and subjects are 
limitless. A word of warning! Whether you are creating them or collecting them, ACEOs are highly addictive. 

As the name implies ACEOs can be either one-of-a-kind Originals using various art media or can be made as open Edition or limited Edition prints.

Limited Editions are prints which are limited to a set number of copies, anywhere from 10 to 100 for example, and are customarily numbered (for example 1 of 50 or 1/50) and signed by the artist. ACEO Print buyers and collectors appreciate the value of a limited edition.

Open Editions are prints with an unlimited amount of copies, and are thus lower in value than a limited edition.

Naturally originals tend to be worth more than a print. Some ACEO collectors will only buy originals whilst others 
may not have a preference. It's always worth making sure that you know whether it is an original or an edition 
which you are considering purchasing. Thankfully ACEOs are (or should be) all clearly labelled with regards to 
These wonderful and affordably priced miniature works of art can be collected, traded for, or simply framed for 
All my ACEO Prints are printed with a Certificate of Authenticity on the back of the card and include the title, 
date, artist name, size and media used for the original. And if they are limited editions they also include the 
edition number/size, and artist's signature.
They are printed on acid-free archival paper, with archival ink.

A simple and affordable way to collect and store your ACEOs safely and keep them easily displayable (as a unique coffee table book for example) is to purchase a 3-hole punch binder and a set of clear sleeve pages made especially for trading cards. You can store up to 9 ACEOs per page. These pages are commonly found at sports memorabilia stores and office supply stores.  Make sure it states on the package that they are Acid-Free (No PVC) and Archival Safe.

Another way to store your ACEOs is to put them in stackable clear plastic boxes that are made especially for 
storing sport trading cards.
I ship all my ACEO Prints with a clear and individual acid-free and archival card sleeve so they can be stored 
safely and securely in any type of box.

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