Mini Masterpieces…well not really, just my Petit Photographs

For hundreds of years artists have created small works of art to barter for their livelihood. Artists were often commissioned to paint portraits of loved ones to be carried by family members, much as we carry photographs today. Arranged marriages were popular, and often an artist would be paid to travel to the family of the bride, paint her portrait and bring it back to the inquisitive (and sometimes unpleasantly surprised) groom. Artists often exchanged these small works with each other to learn technique and carry a memento of their fellow artist.

The acronym "ACEO" stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. ACEOs are collectible little pieces of art. The standardization in size of baseball cards is credited with creating the standardization in size for art cards, which are always 2 ½” x 3 ½”, and may be created in any medium ~ including photography.


I am offering my petit photographs in a collection of limited edition prints, signed and numbered on the back. They are printed in my studio on Strathmore, acid free, 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper. I have printed the entire image of each original photograph without cropping while leaving a tiny outside border, which allows for matting or framing.

I have packaged each in a little custom and hand made purse-pocket, a gusseted scalloped edge envelope made of thick Kraft paper, tied with natural raffia. It makes a perfect gift as is or may be kept safe in its pocket as part of your ACEO collection.

"Banderas Bay Blue"

They are perfect little pieces of art for your desk at work or on a bathroom vanity. They may be matted and framed to hang on the wall, or slipped into a greeting card as an extra surprise for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday.


"Precious Pink Cottage"


These are all offered for sale in my Etsy shop. Free shipping to anyone who decides that they just cannot live without one of these little treasures, places an order, and mentions that you read this post on my blog!

"Carmel Mission"

"Secret Garden"

Ciao for now, my friends...thank you for stopping by.

(Some of the historical information on ACEOs that I have included in this post were extracted from Wikipedia.)


Les Cotrions said...

Ciao! It's the first time I visit your blog and I like it so much! Your photos are fantastic! I'm Italian from Lucca and I like decorating and creating! I hope you come to visit me!!!
Buon fine settimana!
A presto!

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Buon Giorno Vale!

I am so glad that you found me because now I have found you! YOUR photographs are fantastic and your blog is beautiful. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will often.

Ciao amica,


Vita Lenta nel Bel Paese said...

Cara Suzanne,

What a splendid idea for regali. I will certainly buy the package of Italian/Cortona picture cards. If I understand correctly, I turn to your shop for shipping? Glad Vale and yourself are in contact. If you spot other Italian expats or Italian blogs w exciting photos, please tip me!
A presto! Bacione, Ingrid

Poppins said...

Beautiful photos! They really are small masterpieces. How do you manage to print them on watercolour paper?
Now I will pop in at Etsy and take a look.

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Thank you all for your compliments! Poppins, I print them in my studio on the paper...it's not so hard, but it does take a little time and I've got to get the colour just right. Glad you like them!

Vita Lenta nel Bel Paese said...

Cara Suzanne,

I have a Golden card, Carta d´oro, for you. Welcome to pick it up, http://wwwricciericicom-ingrid.blogspot.com

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