I haven't done an ACEO for a long time but I got a notice from an e-bay group that I've been part of for a long time (but never participated in) about a photo challenge so I decided to try it. One of the members, Leola, posted a photo and gave permission for everyone to use it. I usually don't use someone else's photos for my paintings but it was a requirement for this challenge.
ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They are all 2.5" x 3.5" and are basically artist trading cards. If you visit E-bay and search ACEO Originals, there are thousands of them up for bid. I've sold a few of them in the past and it's fun to play in that arena - not profitable but still, it's always fun to follow an auction. I've posted this one just to see what happens.
This is done mostly with colored pencil with a little bit of watercolor added. The surface I used is Terraskin, which I've used a few times in the past with watercolor. It's 80% stone dust and 20% resin. It's very smooth so it's a great surface for colored pencil and this small format is also good for colored pencil as far as I'm concerned. I don't usually have the patience to use that medium although I really admire artists that use colored pencil as their main medium. Those larger drawings can take forever with it. The Terraskin I used was very thin so I attached this to a mat board to give it some thickness and stability.
ACEO - Spirit Island
Image Size 2.5" x 3.5"
Colored Pencil and Watercolor