Sunday, 13 January 2013

What is an ACEO Painting?

You have probably seen me mention ACEO’s somewhere along the line and I am frequently asked what an ACEO is. So I asked my good friend Brenda who is not only a fellow artist, but a successful seller of ACEO’s all around the world to give me her take on this subject.

Here’s what Brenda said “For those of you who don't know what they are, ACEOs (or Art Cards Editions and Originals) are tiny paintings that always measure 2.5" x 3.5". The idea came about when people who wanted to collect and invest in art, ran out of wall space to display larger works. They started painting and buying ACEOs which could be displayed in photo albums at an affordable price. Soon the craze swept across America and then across to the UK and Europe. There are now many collections all over the world. ACEOs can be in any medium. The only rule is the measurement. ACEOs are bought or sold unlike their counterpart ATC's (Art Trading Cards) which although technically the same, are traded or swapped. It is great fun to both make and collect these tiny works of art which one day could be worth a lot of money". Thank you Brenda very informative!

Adding in my two penneth as a collector of ACEOs (for I too have run out of wall space!) it’s a great way to create your very own art gallery. Below are some examples of the wonderful work you can find in ACEO format, just click on the picture to go and see what else the artist has to offer.

This first one is, of course, one of Brenda’s. Brenda paints the most wonderfully detailed landscapes in watercolour or acrylic, which is no mean feat considering their size!

The second I have chosen is from Stephie at FlowaPawa Art, it’s done in indian ink, simple but effective and very striking

This next one is from Pat at Phoenix Projects, it’s a watercolour with a striking black background

The fourth one I have chosen today is from Sharon, who creates a lot of texture in her acrylic paintings

Clare Sherwen is my next featured artist. Clare's watercolour and ink animal drawngs arevery popular

Gina paints (amongst other things) fun and funky lighthouses using pen and pencil

Next is one of mine, my current favourite materials are alcohol ink on a synthetic paper
Up next we have one from Natalie Ofkants, who embroiders yarn onto felt
My next choice is from Kelly at Keleverart, many of Kelly’s ACEO’s are collages
My final choice is from Pamela West, who paints the most vibrant and colourful watercolours

As you can see there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget, so go on and start your own collection! Or if you have never tried to paint one, they what are you waiting for?

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Interview with... Stephie from Flowapowa Art

Being an art lover and passionate supporter of fellow artists, I thought this year I would include some Interviews with some of my fellow Artists. Today I would like to introduce you to Stephie at Flowapowa Art. 

Stephies work includes a range of both watercolours and oil. This is one of my favourites, it’s a watercolour and I love the power of the waves, beautifully expressed

Stephie is very versatile in her work and she also does pet portraits, such as this adorable laid back bunny

When asked what inspires her to paint, Stephie says “I'm very eclectic and am inspired by everything and anything - if something catches the light in just the right way it can stop me dead in my tracks. Every season is my favourite, spring is full of fresh greens and yellows, summer is so warm and the sea so inviting, autumn explodes with reds and golds, and this time of year, winter, is full of the most gorgeous sunsets and sunrises.

As a massive fan of both sea and sunsets I can see how passionate Stephie is about conveying the sheer beauty of mother nature and for me this little painting does just that


Stephies favourite materials are translucent watercolours on a good quality watercolour paper. Stephie says these are her favourites because “many people expect watercolour paintings to be soft and wishy-washy, whereas in reality you can achieve a huge range of colours, vibrancy and textures”. I fully agree as can be seen in this lovely abstract ACEO using watercolour and wax


 Despite only relatively recently setting up shop and selling directly to the public, Stephies work is proving popular especially with commissions, As well as her popular pet portraits, Stephie was commissioned to paint two pubs by a local lady who needed gifts for her twin nephews 50th birthdays. These two paintings were sent all the way to Australia. Stephie has also sold a lily painting to a lady based in Chicago, as an artist myself, I love the idea of our work brining pleasure to people across the globe.

When asked about her plans for 2013, Stephie says “I have some of my popular pet commissions coming up - a cat, three dogs and a budgie are lined up already. I'm really excited about a silk painting workshop that I'm booked onto, I love silk scarves (I'm almost never to be seen without one) so I'm looking forward to being able to create my own designs. Then I want to brush up on my people portrait skills, starting with my kids and maybe working up to doing commissions. But most of all I want to have fun, and paint, paint, paint!”

I would like to thank you Stephie for taking part in my ‘interview with’ enjoy your painting and I wish you continuing success in 2013 and am especially looking forward to seeing your silk scarves.

You can find Stephies work in her folksy shop , follow her blog at and find her on facebook

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

Happy New Year, wishing everyone love, friendship, health, happiness and prosperity in 2013! 

For the past few weeks I have been playing with Alcohol Inks and I have had such a lot of fun, a little later on this week I’ll be posting a ‘how to’ blog on an underwater scene, so watch this space. Here is just one of the paintings I have done with such amazing effects achieved on acetate, backed with white card looks almost 3D!.

 Ink Art - Undersea 

I have also painted some flowers adding in lots of glitter and metal leaf, just love the effects


Here are some other artists work using this versatile medium 
Flowa Powa
Clare Sherwen