The size of an image says nothing about its value. Artist Trading Cards (or ACEO/ATC), such as the Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media, are like small gems.
ACEO/ATC are little works of art and have been popular in the manga and art scene for quite a while, especially in Germany where the demand continues to rise strongly. The cards provide each artist the opportunity to immortalize his/her skill on a minimum size of 6.4 x 8.9 cm. Of course, we offer larger sizes such as the maxi card, which is 12.8 x 8.9 cm.
The cards can be exchanged and sold, collected or given away. Creativity has no limits. I myself started using these cards for my paintings in 2010.
The name ACEO is a shortcut of Art Cards, Editions and Originals and the acronym ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards. It is a lot of fun to work on this special size and it’s always a challenge to put a little piece of art on these small paper sheets, as I usually work in formats such as A3. I find the small Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media blocks particularly useful, which can be applied in a size 8 x 10.5 cm. Pens, markers, Copics and watercolour can be used on these with ease.
Due to the card format the painting can easily be rotated without creases or interfering edges ap-pearing. Finished cards get reinforced on the back and stored in covers, so they last a long time. The back sides are often designed and marked with the name of the artist, the title and a number. Addi-tionally it is noted if it is an original or a limited edition.
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