I’ve avoided embracing the excitement over Artist Trading Cards ….. until now.
I awoke late. The sky was the color of cantaloupe. As I sipped my coffee I created my first ACEO. When I taught the workshop in Santa Rosa last month, Joanie nudged me to try creating a few trading cards. After several weeks, my resistance faded. I resolved the problem of working on such a small piece of paper (2.5″ x 3.5″) by stitching a sketchbook just for the ACEOs. The sketchbook pages measure 4″ x 5.5″, a slightly more comfortable size to work on.
Now that I have my new website with my own little store, I can offer these little gems without a hassle, either cut to standard ATC size or full-page size for framing.
The sketchbook was created with a boring cover. My intention is to cut the pages out as they sell. If I liked the cover, I wouldn’t cut the pages out. I always have to trick myself. The little drawings I do in my sketchbook I like far better than the drawings I do on separate pieces of paper with the intention of selling. I end up with boxes full of drawings that I eventually throw away. The problem was that I won’t cut pages out of my personal sketchbooks. The solution is to make specific sketchbooks that are intended to be cut apart.
Will I be able to trick my brain? Time will tell.
Image: Black Bush Sage Against a Melon Sky – drawn first with fountain pen followed by watercolor.