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Enokitake Mushrooms – Miniature Illustration

I drew this bunch of Enokitake Mushrooms using archival Micron pens and watercolored it using Windsor and Newton Watercolors. I used to cook with these Japanese mushrooms all the time while living in Vancouver. They were great added to stir fries or stews.

The paper is acid free 80lb Fox River Paper, confetti cover in Sand color. This ACEO has rounded corners. An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions or Originals.

The standard size of an ACEO is – 2.5″ by 3.5″ or 64mm by 89mm

This original ACEO card is available in my Etsy Art Shop. It is also available as a print.

UPDATE – the original drawing has sold. Archival prints are available in the shop.

Another land another day another dream

Sometimes art needs to take you away
to another land where flowers spin,
the terrain is checkered moss green and ocher;
where the grass grows as bamboo
and is pointy at it’s tip.

I created this art card using Kroma artist quality acrylic, pigmented ink and archival pen on 1/8″ (3mm) thick cold press illustration board. It is varnished three times and has a lovely sheen about it.

Get your rulers out as the image above is much larger than the original. It’s all about the detail baby!

Available in both open edition 5×7 inch size and in a limited edition run of 100 ONLY in ACEO mini print size in the art shop.

Standard ACEO Size – 2.5″ by 3.5 inches or 6.4cm by 9cm
ACEO – Art Cards Editions and Originals
People collect ACEO’s worldwide just like they do with Magic or Hockey trading cards. They are wallet sized and frames are easy to find for them.

About trading pens around the world and two more fabulous artists to watch out for this year!

Early in December 2007 I did an international cross-country boundaries artist pen trade with Shane Vorhaben.


He sent me Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens that I couldn’t and still can’t buy here as I live in a very small city. I sent him Pilot G-tec C4 pens that he can’t purchase in the United States. As I have later found out, the Pilot G-tec C4’s are not available in the United States at ALL, anywhere! Can you believe that? Only in the UK, Japan and Canada. Even then, Canada does not have the plethora of colors available elsewhere. They are my favorite drawing pens next to Microns and now, Pitt pens.

I have a container devoted ONLY to non-toxic pens and markers.

New Markers and Pens

Sadly my Pitt pens have almost run out! I’ve drawn them to a dry ink death. ‘Tis time to make that inaugural purchase from an online source.

Along with the pens we mailed each other unfinished *ACEO’s that we each will be collaborating on. After they are complete we’ll each keep one and mail the other back as we each sent two to each other.

I just did another ACEO trade in January 2008 with an artist in Germany named AKA oparthamburg.


There is no time limit or rather date of completion on these trades.

They will not be drawn until the final drips…

*ACEO – Art Cards, Editions and Originals. Must be 2.5″ by 3.5″.

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This Flamboyant Heart SAYS Happy Valentine’s Day

Left – Tickled Pink Hearts
Right – The Flamboyant Heart

Each *ACEO measures the standard 2.5″ by 3.5″ and was drawn using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens with La Plume Artist Markers on 80lb card stock. Each has rounded corners and fit perfectly into Hockey or Magic Card sleeves.

*ACEO – Art Cards, Editions and Originals

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THEN there were five flowers…

THEN there were five flowers...

…sprouting from the orange hued alien terrain.
THEY were happy flowers.

They grew together UNTIL…

Size – 2.5″ by 3.5″ or 6.4cm by 8.9cm
Artist quality acrylic and India ink on acid free card stock

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Triplets Floral – miniature painting

014 - Triplets Floral

Size – The Standard *ACEO size of 3.5 by 2.5 inches. It is probably appearing larger on your monitor. Get out your ruler!

Materials – Black, Red and Green Micron (005) pen, Windsor & Newton Watercolor

I drew this on Hand pressed, handmade paper stock that I purchased many many years ago in New York City while attending a fabric surface design trade show in 1995. It is a textured rigid khaki green card stock and is about 1/16″ thick. It was really great to create upon. This card sold yesterday from my Etsy Shop.

*ACEO – Artist Cards Editions and Originals. An ACEO is the same size as a Baseball, Hockey or Magic Trading card.