Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Anyway, here are a couple of my latest encaustic ACEOs... see what you think?
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Check out my cow and other ACEO's at my etsy shop: Barbara Giordano Art
Monday, April 21, 2008
What is an ACEO?
ACEO stands for : Art Cards, Editions,Originals
Any Rules to follow when making an ACEO?
Yes, ... ONE RULE: An ACEO must be 2.5" by 3.5" in size. The dimensions may go either vertically, or horizontally; your choice. There are NO other rules. The width of the ACEO is up to you!
What materials can I use when creating ACEOs?
Actually, ANY materials, mediums!
If you can create with a material, you can create an aceo with that material!
Cardstock, Watercolor papers, Recycled papers, Playing cards, Cardboard, Wood, Fabric, Bark, Polymers, Ceramic, Paperclay, Handmade papers! (and any other materials you might want to try!
You can use any of the following, and more :
YOU NAME IT, YOU TRY IT, and Tell us about it here! :O)
The point of ACEOS:
Enjoy small art around the world!
Try new styles!
Learn new techniques!
Share your love of creating with others!
Enjoy the Process~~~!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Yes, you guessed it, I've been making ACEOs for the Bounty competition/challenge. In a way, I have used it as an opportunity to challenge myself, to make things that I wouldn't normally make, or to develop ideas I've had for a while. The challenge to work with trash and found objects produced this piece, Cracked And Torn. It uses materials I've had for a while, but haven't had any ideas for using. The base of the ACEO is a died dryer cloth on pelmet vilene, stitched into. I then added some disintegrating corrugated cardboard, which I found ages ago in a box in the garage; I love those textures and colours. And to finish it off, pieces of snail shell found abandoned in the garden. Unusual? I think so!
I have submitted ten pieces for ACEO Bounty, and all can be found in my artmixter shop!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I was sitting, frustrated with my illness... and suddenly, I grabbed my new Oil Pastels, and piece of Senso Canvas and I just started painting.
This ACEO just designed itself and I enjoyed being a part of the process!
It's painted with Sennelier Oil Pastels and sealed with matte varnish. It has landscape and iridescent pastels so it has some great shimmer as well as the texture you can see in the picture.
I think all the great ACEO's on Etsy recently has really inspired me to create. Come visit my shop The Creators Palette to see more of my new work.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
New original ACEO, Black Cat in Red Sunset:
A black cat sits in a tree watching the setting sun. Some of the autumn leaves are dancing in the sunset sky. This visionary piece with a Southwestern palette of yellow, red, turquoise blue and purple, part of the Zen Mandala modern art series (botanical abstract landscapes in a contemporary Asian style), is a miniature original acrylic painting.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
My newest original mixed-media ACEO “Focus” has a majestic quality. You can almost feel the focus and determination of the beautiful falcon. Highlighted with metallic bronze, it was created using vintage text, acrylics, and paper.
Birds are a bit of a theme for me and this ACEO shows the steely focus of a bird of prey, an altogether different mindset than that of your average songbird.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This is a mixed media card I made using chalk, wax and watercolour on a double layer of heavyweight Japanese washi. It depicts a chalk horse carved into the hillside. I have seen chalk horses in Wiltshire, UK and last year I read a book on the topic called The Lost Gods of Albion by Paul Newman (not the actor!). It inspired me to start using these images in my art. 100% of the sale price of this card will be donated to the Brooke Hospital for Animals; an organisation that provides free vetinary care for working horses and donkeys in developing countries. http://www.thebrooke.org/
Sunday, April 6, 2008
It's that time of year again -- I'm working on dragons and cats with wings for the science fiction art shows I participate in during the summer. This is one of my dragons from years past, available in my Etsy shop: http://allisonstein.etsy.com/
It has a custom double mat that fits in a standard 5x7 frame.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I'm not sure if everyone knows about a special ACEO coming up. I received this email regarding it:
The thread will be in the Etsy Forum Promotions section ...but don't go looking for it as it is not yet created ...though it will be shortly ...once the final draft of the opening post (which has the artists links) is sent out to each artist involved for approval.
Once the ACEO Promotion thread is created ...people will start to issue challenges in that thread ...the artists then read the challenges and create their artwork ...then list the artwork in their store with "ACEO Bounty" in the title. You may promote anywhere you wish to for your own artwork (permission is required to display any other person's artwork) that is created for this ACEO Promotion ...as it will couple to that of the other artists promo's and the You Tube Video's *nodding*
Currently there are 61 confirmed to the list ...and quite a few others in receipt of the information that I am now doing contacting. As this promotion is intended to be "long lived" ... I have been very conscious of not making things "mandatory or demanding" of the artists involved. I think we will get better artwork created with "freedom" rather than "control" ...so there will be absolutely no obligation to any artist. The only thing I will be asking of artists ...is that they confirm via convo ...their agreement to the inclusion of their Name/Store on the Participating Artists list ...plus any release/approval as may be required for me to produce the promotional
You Tube video(s).
Please convo Belinda if you'd like to participate or want more information: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5259106
Barbara, ACEO Team Moderator
http://barbaragiordanoart.etsy.com - artwork in the form of collectible ACEO's, drawings, paintings, originals and prints
http://sunfluer.etsy.com - art in the form of art pendants
Friday, April 4, 2008
My newest ACEO “Noise” shows a sweet orange songbird competing with all the noises of the city. But, she still is singing. Why? Because she can. Liking that. You go, songbird. Created using acrylic paint, vintage text, sheet music and watercolors, it is peeping it's arrival on the etsy site.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Easter may be over, but this little guy is still in my Etsy shop, http://allisonstein.etsy.com/. This adorable ACEO is painted on Arches 140# cold press watercolor paper using fine gemstone pigments from Daniel Smith watercolors. The green is Kingman Turquoise. The gray and the brown are hematite. The pink is Minnesota pipestone. The blue is Lapis Lazuli. I hope to do more with the gemstone pigments soon. I hope you'll stop by my shop and take a look around!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
This is my first fiber art ACEO. I am such a beginner at this that I actually had my sewing machine intruction manual open (and used it several times) while creating the background for this piece. Each piece of hemp was then sewn to the background with gold thread and the edges hand-stitched.
To take a closer look and view the piece from other angles, please click on the picture; it will take you to the listing.