Some of my newest ACEO's...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Well I am half way done my 3 month art diet (I know hard to believe, I started it July 19th, see my post here) and I have not bought an ACEO. But, I have done some swaps, won one, and one was sent as a gift.

This first ACEO came from Lorrie. You can see her work in her Etsy shop here and her Zibbet shop here. She also has a blog here.

It is done in pen, ink and watercolors. And was done for the ACEO Etsy Street Team Swap in August. I am so happy to have her in my collection. She is beautiful. I love mermaids!

This ACEO came from Marlene. She was celebrating 200 posts on her blog with a contest and I am one of the people who won. You can see her Etsy shop here and her Ebay shop here. She also has a blog here.

I just had to choose this ACEO. I just love the curls and the circles and the colors. How beautiful.

This ACEO came from Stacy and was a complete surprise. She sent it to me for helping her with her blog and also because I sent her an ACEO. You can see her Etsy shop here and her blog here.

I just love Halloween and so I was so happy to get this in the mail.

Thank you girls for your beautiful ACEO's. I can't wait until my 3 month art diet is over. I have seen so many tempting ACEO's lately. There are some really talented artists out there.
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Mermaid Tails #2...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Here is my 2nd ACEO with this theme, you can see the first here. I hope to make more soon. They are a lot of fun. This one is listed in my Etsy shop alwaysartistic here.

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ACEO Etsy swap - Mermaids...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I showed you the ACEO that I made this morning for the swap here, but I didn't have time to show you the card I received. So here it is. This ACEO came from Lorrie of divinedesignstudios. Her ACEO is titled "Treasure" and is done with Pen, Ink and Watercolor.

It arrived beautifully packaged, the front of the envelope was decorated, see below. And the back had some on it too. It also had a note with a beautiful pen illistration on it inside, and a note about Recycling. I was very impressed. Thank you Lorrie!

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Mermaid Tails #1...

Martha of AyalaArt had an idea to run a swap on the ACEO Etsy Street Team, the theme is mermaids. It took me forever to figure out what to do. Here is the ACEO I sent to Martha as she was my person.

I am going to be doing a series of these as I get time, so far I have made 2, 1 for the swap and 1 I will list when I get some time. Each ACEO will have an original poem.

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What do you think...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Can go 3 months without buying a single ACEO ? lol I am sure going to try. They are so addictive. But I want to save up for other things! Wonder how long I will last. ha ha ha

Hmmm and this morning doesn't count as it was planned last night! lmao

I bought this gorgeous frog from Karen Anne of IrelandBrady. This is my very first card from her and I can't wait to add it to my collection as I love her work. She also has 5 more original frogs and a set of 6 limited addition prints, also you can also buy the limited addition prints separately as well.

I used to catch frogs as a kid - we used to call them squeakers but according to my mother they were baby bull frogs and these frogs really remind me of that. I can remember chasing them under logs, and in the leaves and other places. I even caught an adult bull fog once. That was the highlight of my summer! lol I also used to love to find tree frogs.

Karen Anne created this card in response to my "Long Legs" challenge on "the aceo challenge" blog. Do you need some inspiration, stop by and check it out here.
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Work In Progress: Beaded Aligators ACEO

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer Buddies by alwaysartistic

Those of you who use Google Reader to read your blogs may have noticed I blogged about this ACEO when I was about 3/4 done. But then I finished it and then decided to do a Work In Progress post instead. No one had commented yet so I just unpublished the post.

I started out by taping the edges of my Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper down on all 4 sides to my plastic utility table. I then used scraps of paper and watercolor paints to stamp the back ground in various places. And I let it sit until it was completely dry, and then removed the tape and cut to ACEO size - 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches.

They were beaded right on to the ACEO instead of adding the alligators after. I thought it would be more fun and more challenging. I was right. 1 area on the back where I attached a leg looked like it might come undone if pulled on it too hard and so I added some paper in between the loop on the back to make it more sturdy.

Next I cut 2 slits in the background to start my 1st alligator. I tied a few knots at the back to make sure it doesn't come undone, and started beading.

I added the legs, I fastened down 1 top leg and 1 bottom leg leaving the other 2 alone.

Then I started the next one.

Added the eyes and continued...

Here is my sun conure Jessie helping me. He didn't try to go after the beads or anything just sat inside my shirt watching every move. lol

Here they are finished.

A close up!

More images that will be included when I list it.

Here I tried it in one of my plastic ACEO frames without the glass.

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Fun with watercolors...

Monday, July 12, 2010

I always love to experiment and try new things, and I couldn't sleep the last two nights so you can just guess what I was up to! lol

Kathy (tapestry316) issued a challenge in the July "7 Card Draw" thread to "Create several ACEOs to make one large painting or several small ones. You can pick however many you want to use" which got me thinking... and then I had read a post on using saran wrap at Marlene's (Lazyhawk) blog and I wanted to try it. You can view her post here.

I did a few like this over the last few days I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with the other backgrounds... For these paintings I measured out enough to paper to cover 2 or 3 ACEO's and taped the full pieces down onto my plastic utility table (if you need a good craft table these are awesome, paints wash off so nice and tape comes off too) and then I tried different ideas.

I made this one last night! I can't decide if I should add something to it or just leave it. But I like it how it looks so hopefully that's ok. It is kind of abstract I guess!

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I won an ACEO...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I won this ACEO from artist Lee Pierce today! Skyward measures 3.5 x 2.5 inches and is done in watercolors. To see more of her artwork, visit the links below...

Etsy Shop - Ebay Shop - Blog - Flickr

Thank you so much Lee!
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Work In Progress: Jet ACEO

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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.

Next I consulted my bird... Jessie James to make sure I was doing everything correctly. He said I was so I continued. He helped with the whole process unlike the other day when he really didn't feel like helping! lol

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!

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Featured Artist: artistsuetaylor

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I was browsing Etsy the other day looking at all the art for sale and came across some larger work by Sue of artistsuetaylor. She is a really talented artist. I don't realize I am doing it but sometimes I forget to look at the larger pieces and mostly pay attention to ACEO size and so totally missed these... click on the images to see the listing.

Floral Swallowtail Butterfly - Watercolor and Pastel

Floral Monarch Butterfly - Watercolor and Pastel

Horse - Color Pencil and Pastel

Abstract Wrought Iron Detail - Color Pencil and Pastel

And I can't feature Sue without sharing a few of her ACEO's, to see more check out her shop!

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I won a $25 certificate...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

yesterday, for one of my favorite artists... Christy Dekoning. She is a really talented watercolor artist, I love to see the new art she creates! Want to see more by Christy ? You can check out her shops... ArtFire and Etsy, her website and her blog. Thank you Christy!

These are all ACEO's, which means they are 3.5 x 2.5 inches, the same size as a hockey card. The first is an original and the others are prints.

And while trying to decide what to choose, I found I wanted this one too so I purchased it! What a beautiful kitty! It is a print as well!

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Farewell Cat Ludwig...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

POE Team member Cat Ludwig of CatLudwigStudio is no longer with us.

"After struggling for 15 years with extreme pain, and multiple chronic conditions, Cat could bear the burden no longer and took her own life Monday, April 19th." Cat's husband Warren Ludwig posted a message on her blog, you can read it here.

You can view a post on the POE Team blog showing some of her photography here. Below is a Treasury East tribute created by Jessica Rogers, I am honored to be included. You can view the treasury here.

She was a very talented photographer... she will be missed.

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