Sunday, February 22, 2009


What are ACEOs?
ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. These cards measure 2.5” x 3.5”, the standard size of a trading card. They are sold as Originals or limited Edition prints.

The History of Art Cards
In the 16th century, miniature portraits were commissioned as a popular way to introduce betrothed couples before arranged marriages. Prior to photography, miniature portraits served as wallet-size snapshots. Victorian men would secretly have cards of their mistresses painted, often by the same artist commissioned to paint the larger family portrait.

During the Impressionist Age, artists would often trade Art Cards among themselves to study each other's style and technique. Many traded or sold their art cards to afford supplies, food and lodging.

In 1887, “baseball cards” started to appear. They were various sizes to fit in product packages as giveaways. In the 1960’s the modern 2.5 x 3.5 card size was standardized with the popularity of collecting baseball cards.

ACEOs Today
Today there is a resurgence of hand made art cards. Hundreds of artists are creating these affordable miniature works of art. This is a perfect opportunity to start your own collection of original art. You can find ACEO’s and small works of art in galleries or on-line. Look for them on Ebay or Etsy.

Judith Moffatt Cut-paper illustration
13 Charles Street, Medway, Ma, 02053 Phone 508-533-4496