Sunday, July 26, 2009

Why We Trade Artist Cards- A Hobby Handed Down From the Past

From Baseball Cards to Garbage Pail Kids
When I was a child, the boys traded baseball cards and the girls collected Cabbage Patch Kids Dolls. Then this gross little card called Garbage Pail Kids came along and suddenly both boys and girls traded them. They came with stickers, too! We had them on our school books, stuck inside of our lockers and plastered on our bicycles. I remember how serious some kids were about them. Collecting every card in the series. Keeping them stored in plastic sleeves in a three ring binder. The same way that baseball cards are collected and the same way that some people store their collected art cards. All this done in the hopes that they would someday be worth something. We already know that there is value in a baseball card, especially if you own a rare one. Garbage Pail Kids can be found at Ebay. So, were they worth saving? Whether or not the cards ended up retaining or gaining in value, the point of collecting is because it is fun. So be it with Art Cards and ACEO. However, since you are able to collect both Art Cards and ACEO that are original pieces, the value is definately worth more than a Garbage Pail Kid Card.

How Trading Cards Got Their Start

In the 1700's, the people in France and England realized that they could advertise on playing cards. Playing cards then became little works of art in their own right. The Impressionists traded their own artist cards for art supplies, food and even room and board. They were even known to sell them for money. In the 1800's, baseball cards were developed and it wasn't until later that the trading card size was standardized to that of a playing card. 2-1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches.

If you grew up in the 50s you may remember how many parents played cards on set nights of the week. They played Bridge, Canasta, Poker, Gin, to name a few. It was a way to socialize. First at one family's house and the next week at another. The playing cards that they used often had different pictures on the backsides. Horses, sailboats, landscapes, dogs, etc. Kids used spare cards to build houses out of cards and they also traded off the different cards with their friends. It was the rage before Garbage Pail Kids.

So is it so unusual that we, after generation and generation of card traders, should be surprised that Art Cards are such a great and popular hobby? Not at all. Baseball cards are still extremely popular and there is a great following and many books and other games developed after a simple card called Pokemon! Collecting ATC and ACEO is a hobby that will maintain itself for years to come since it is open to all ages and people of skill level. It allows you to meet new people and develop your art skills. Trading Artists Cards is a keeper of a hobby! Be glad you are an enthusiast!

Do you draw and paint your own ACEO? ACEO has become one of the hottest selling collectibles on the internet. Arm yourself with knowledge critical for selling ACEO and other fine art.
Let Colin Ruffel show you how with his ebook.
You, too, can sell more art!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SIXSISTERS ART: Thursday Artist Quotes - Joan MIro - 1893-1983

SIXSISTERS ART: Thursday Artist Quotes - Joan MIro - 1893-1983
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Do you draw and paint your own ACEO? ACEO has become one of the hottest selling collectibles on the internet. Arm yourself with knowledge critical for selling ACEO and other fine art.
Let Colin Ruffel show you how with his ebook.
You, too, can sell more art!

Calling All Lovers of Everything Art Trading Cards and ACEO!

New Group:
There is a new art card and ACEO group at Facebook. The group will bring together fans of both Art trading cards and ACEO. The group is called

By definition an artcardist is:

1. one who professes and practices an imaginative art card

2. one who is adept at creating, trading, buying and selling art cards and ACEO without bias

3. a skilled performer in the fine art of both ATC and ACEO

Join this group today and stay up to date on all the latest art trading card and ACEO information!

1,000 Artist Trading Cards: Innovative and Inspired Mixed Media ATCs (1000 Series)

Monday, July 20, 2009

There Are Three Typs of Art Cards

  1. Open Edition - Prints or reproductions of artwork that is printed in the standard card size. Open editions can be printed and reprinted depending on the demand for the card. There is no limit to how many will be printed. This can also be a mini-print of a larger original artwork.
  2. Limited Edition - This type is also a print/reproduction, but there is a limit to how many cards will be ever printed/sold. These cards are more valuable then open edition cards, because there is only a limited amount of each card that is available in the world. Many times, limited edition cards will be numbered on the back of the card.
  3. Original Artwork - This card is a unique piece of artwork done by the artist. It can be painted or drawn, but it will be 100% original and only one card exists in the world. This type of card is the most valuable.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Susan Rodio- ACEO Published in a New Gallery

Artcardist Susan Rodio has been creative since an early age. Susan's work is done primarily
in acrylic on either canvas or art board. She has since taken to printing her
painted images on art cards and ACEO (Art Collectibles, Originals and Editions)
She studied for three years in Sydney for a diploma in Fine arts. Susan paints
mermaids, faeries, godesses, angels and most things magical or spiritual. Her
love for this subject comes from an innate belief in the unseen world. Susan says
"To me there is far more to our experience of life than the material reality we
engage in through our day to day lives and I try to capture more subtle levels of
reality and I seek to engage the audience with these subtler energy levels that
are generally on a more unseen level". Nature and the elements inspire her. She often
sees faces in trees and mountains. It is through sitting quietly and focusing with nature
surrounding her that she sees and senses the spiritual and applies this to her artwork.
"I believe it is important to follow your passion in life whatever form that takes, in order
to experience a sense of fulfillment and purpose".
Susan's passion has gotten her noticed. Susan Rodio has been featured in many places.
Her work "Faery Gathering" was selected by Avantcard and distributed on 20,000 postcards.
She was selected as the artist ofthe month at Susans work has been
featured in The Magical Times Magazine and Pagan Magic's Witches Digest Beltane Edition. Most recently, Susan's worked has been featured in an online gallery at

To see more of her art work visit

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Tom Rios- Art Cards Published in a New Gallery

Tom Rios has been making art on and off for about 35 years. He started in the early 70s in San Francisco. Attended the Academy of Art College for several years which taught him the basics in art and gave him the opportunity to explore different styles and techniques.
Since that time, Tom has experimented in many types of arts from woodcarving to painting to paper-cuts and recently into making art cards.
Tom liked the idea of the art card because of the size limitations. The challenge of creating small works of art within the boundaries of the cards size. How much information can you put in and still make it work? Tom said "I think that’s the fun of creating these little gems." Tom became an "artcardist" in June 2009. Find out what exactly an "artcardist" is at
View more of my artists card work at