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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Work In Progress: Jet ACEO

It has been quite a while since I did an iris folding ACEO. So today I decided to print off some patterns. So far I have only done 1, I started with a Jet. Some patterns you have to shrink a bit if you are making a ACEO, as they are more the size for cards.

First I chose my papers, then with my exacto knife I cut the pattern out. And taped the patten down to the table, my table is a hard plastic utility table so the tape is really easy to get off. Do not tape to a good kitchen table.

Next I cut out triangle corners from hard card stock and taped them and the pattern down where I wanted them.

Then I started following the pattern using my 4 colors, light brown, darker green brown, dark green and orange.

I kept going until every piece of the pattern was done.

Here is the finished back. I use scotch double sided tape, it is sometimes hard to find but I find it works nicely.

Here is the finished front before I cut it down to ACEO size.

After cutting it down I added more tape around the sides and areas that were not taped to make it a bit more even. Then I added glue, I used API's Crafter's Pick Memory Mount. I then wiped off the excess glue and stuck it under a pile of pop can boxes.

This is the finished ACEO. I noticed that some glue leaked out right in the center and tried to gently take it off, but you can still see it unfortunately. But oh well it was fun to make!

Here it is having some pressure on 3 parts that were thicker, making sure it doesn't come apart!

You can visit my blog here and my Etsy shop here.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Team Feature: MIXED MEDIA

Wikipedia says "Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed". These are just a few of my favorites... Want to see more ? To search "ACETSY Team" on Etsy, click here.

arts4you - Warm Color Eruption

crftyscrapper - The Trees Caress Me

VeronicaS - Thunderbird Rainbow Flower

Indiandollartworks - Birds in Flight 1

peppercorns2 - It's So Summer

tapestry316 - Reflection

This post was compiled by Pam of alwaysartistic

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's ACEO Painting

Watermelon Drops
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
ACEO Art Card
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

Nothing says summer like watermelon!

I created this little ACEO painting this morning as part of my Painting A Day Challenge and my Dew Drop Series. I am so happy to be able to share it with all of you right here.

Have a fabulous day and a fabulous summer!

(Must remember to pick up some watermelon today.)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Team Feature: ABSTRACT

I was browsing ACEO's by our team members last night, and I had to hide my wallet. We have some seriously talented artists on our team. These are just a few of my favorites... Want to see more ? To search "ACETSY Team" on Etsy, click here.

lionbeforelamb - Untitled

Heartfulart - Trumpet Flower Symphony

LemachiDesigns - Garden of Abstract Flowers

Craftymoose - Celebration

idreaminink - Flowers Floating

ShirleyArt - Pattern Series 03

TheCreatorsPalette - Pear

This post was compiled by Pam of alwaysartistic

Saturday, June 19, 2010

ACEO Open Edition - "Clam - NW Coast Style Design"

This is a design I came up with a while back and finally decided to share it in ACEO Open Edition Form.

The meaning of this design:

The shell, as a whole, symbolizes the body of the entire family and a celebration of life.  The white panels express the different branchs of the family - each separate but each a part of the whole.

The black border flowing around the shell and each panel implies the never ending cycle of life that binds the family as one.  It further denotes the different paths each takes, whether as an individual or as a group, in life’s journey.  The paths fork but eventually come together as one.

The eyes are indicative of all family members watching over each other.  Helping hands are all around to lend support and love.  Oars (paddles) represent guidance from elders to young in hopes the youth will steer toward successful and happy life paths.

The Clam designs on either side of the shell represent elders in the family who share their knowledge and skills with gentle words and caring love.  The solid circles are symbolic of the “pearls” of wisdom passed down to each new generation

It is currently for sale in My Etsy Shop.
Thank you for looking!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Work In Progress: Flowers ACEO

Well this is one of my first attempts at a work in progress! lol I hope to do a few more work in progress posts in the future that will be better than this. My pictures are horrible because the lighting in my room is horrible. I will have to keep that in mind for next time, maybe bring it somewhere else for the pictures.

I started with a 140 lb Strathmore cold press watercolor paper. Cut a bit bigger than needed.

I then added some peach and black watercolor mixed with water and dabbed it off with a kleenex.

Then some red and dabbed off and some black and dabbed off.

Added some green, used a small cotton like pad to dab it off.

And some more red, used a small cotton like pad to dab it off.

Then I added some simple flower parts, I didn't add water to this paint so that it would show up a bit darker.

Then I cut it to ACEO size. 3.5 x 2.5 inches. And I had a watercolor ACEO set aside that I had splattered paint on all over, I used my flower face punch to make the flowers. And used brads with silver to attach the flowers. I used my exacto knife to cut a small slit in the flowers and then also on the ACEO.

This is the back, notice the mess, I was having fun and didn't notice the back. See how the brads get attached.

Here is the final ACEO, the colors are not exact. I have entered this one in the June 2010 "7 Card Draw" prize pool on Etsy. If you haven't heard of the "7 Card Draw" yet, you can visit this months thread here. The listing for the ACEO is here.

You can visit my blog here and my Etsy shop here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New ACEO Original - "Teri Rae"

I began this ACEO with no particular idea in mind.  I just started drawing, painting and coloring.  Once I was finished, I realized it looked like one of my little sisters, when she was a young little girl ... so I titled it "Teri Rae", after her!  Presenting to you - "Teri Rae"!

Take care all!

Fruity Themed Dew Drops

Dew Drops in Grape
by Artist Rita Squier

Original Watercolor Painting
Size: 2.5 x 3.5 inches

ACEO Art Card

My dew drop series of ACEOs have taken on brighter colors and have been inspired by various delicious summer fruits. It is now mid June and my Painting A Day Challenge I began on February 1st continues. I haven't missed a day yet!

Visit my Squier Etsy Shop for more fruity dew drops!

Have a great day!
--Rita :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Three Hood Monks

I made this set of three (being individually sold in my Etsy Shop) hooded monks awhile back.  In my blog, IrelandBrady - Musings To Ponder, I even have a post detailing how I make an original ACEO featuring Hooded Monk #2.  You are invited to pop on over and see what you think about my short tutorial.

I just thoroughly enjoy making these little miniature works of art!

Addicted to ACEOs

My fist post in ACETSY blog yaay!
I currently have the minimum 5 listed in my Etsy shop, come and see HERE

Also I have some past work to share, I will list them soon:

The great advantage of Etsy is the long time they are listed online, and after keeping some of mine for months and some of the years, I can tell you, the benefit of using quality paper and paint is that they look like I painted them yesterday.

I made a series of ACEO with water-mix oils on canvas, and I never listed them because I couldn't decide if I wanted to trim them to card size, or leave them with the edge I tape them to paint them, in case the buyer wanted to frame them. I guess I can put that in the listing, so they can decide what they want. I personally like them both ways.
What do you think?

Monday, June 14, 2010

ACEO Orignals - Series of six Buffalo Skulls

Hi!  I am fairly new to ACESTY and finally got things straightened out so that I can post on the Team Blog.  I recently completed a series of six buffalo skull original ACEO's with different designs and would like to share them with you.  I am selling the originals and eleven limited edition copies of each in my etsy store,  (I still have one to list in my store but am sharing all six in this post.)

Please feel free to visit my blog, IrelandBrady - Musings To Ponder, or my Etsy Shop,, to see other ACEO's (open editions, limited editions, and originals) that I have listed for sale.
Thank you for looking!

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