Tiny art cards can be simple and low-pressure. Last week's craft fair was quite productive: I was meeting a lot of interesting people but I also had a lot of time to sit and create in front of passers by. It's hard to be clever in a stressful environment, so I took a lot of inspiration from past paintings, covers of journals that were in front of me, and whichever items people were picking up and purchasing. A lot of these new cards will look familiar to you!
ACEOs are good for experimentation and have a small footprint! Sketchbooks are the ultimate low-pressure space for experimentation, especially if they're full of copious, lightweight paper. The paper in my sketchbook is fine for drawings, but sometimes I just want to play with proper watercolour paper to get the full effect of the medium. Also, if the paintings turn out, they can be shared and sent across the world! In the meantime, I store them wrapped in collector card sleeves and placed in a ziploc baggie. It's a far cry from fat stacks of canvases which take up SO MUCH SPACE and may be damaged every time we move house (curse our professors' 4-foot-wide minimum rule of painting)!
And of course: ACEOs are much more affordable than full-sized paintings. I try to impose upon myself a strict time limit to keep the cards at $10. For us, that's the same as the two mochas we purchased on our way home from the drycleaners this afternoon! It's extremely low-risk, considering they are of the same quality materials I use for my other paintings, and often feature the same paper layering that makes them so interesting in the first place. Many stores even carry cute little frames for them.
Which is your favourite? They've finally been listed in the shop!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?