Well, that’s a bit of a lie – they’re not my first ACEOs. But as I’ve only just discovered what an ACEO is, I think they count!
Way back in the late 1990s I sold quite a few of my little church drawings, and I also used them one year for Christmas cards (with the addition of a tiny gold star in the sky). After recently discovering the world of ACEOs, I decided to see if I could remember how to do them. Such fun! First I give the paper a good coating of water, then dob on some non-waterproof ink and let it flow, giving the paper the odd tilt now and then – it’s such a satisfying process! The image is finished off with a very fine dip-pen and India ink. The ones I used to draw were slightly smaller than ACEO size, being 2″ x 2.5″, so I’ve added a bit extra sky. And here’s a finished one:
And then there’s the puffins… aaaah, the puffins! Once again, I used to sell these little ones back in the 1990s, and by sheer chance they were exactly ACEO size at 2.5″ x 3.5″, so I’ve done a couple more (to see if I’ve still got it…). I’ve actually got a whole sheet of Christmas versions from 1998 (each puffin is wearing a little Christmas hat) that I never got round to cutting out… maybe the time has come to finally trim them and get them out there! They’re done using the same technique as my stupidcats.
There’s also a lone puffin in flight…
I’ve listed these three in my Etsy shop – feel free to come and visit!