Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Zentangle Design for mounting a favorite ACEO"

I am always trying to find a unique and unusual way to showcase an ACEO.  When I began this latest design I thought it would be interesting to try my hand at a border and see where that would take me.  Over the days that I worked on this piece I became intrigued with the idea that it might serve to make a nice background on which to mount a favorite ACEO.  So, as the work progressed, that overall idea became my theme.

Once I had completed my objective, I scanned the art piece to my computer and printed out a copy to see how it would work.  It was printed on an 8.5"x11" sheet of acid free paper and the printed area measures 8"x10.25".  I took one of my "The Letter B" ACEO's (with white background), placed a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the ACEO centered it on the blank center of the print and affixed it to the top of the print.  I then trimmed off the edges of the print to fit an 8"x10" frame and the result is what you see in the example I photographed and included here as a sample.

I also included some additional examples to show how versatile this ACEO zentangle design for mounting ACEO's actually is.

I think it turned out rather well and plan to list it in My Etsy Shop.  I would really like to hear what you think about this idea.

"Zentangle Design for mounting a favorite ACEO"

"Framed example with ACEO affixed to the center"

"Another example with Basket Full Of Posies"

"Example with Buffalo Skull ACEO"

"Example with Fantasy Mushrooms ACEO"

I am not sure what I should call this, do you have an idea or thought?  A mounting design for an ACEO?


  1. Hey Karen Anne ;o) This is really pretty! Your pattern almost looks like doiles. I'm not sure what to call it? How about, a mounting design to frame your aceo in. I know that's basically what you have said ;o)

  2. Hey Stacy! Thank you for putting in your 2cents worth! Really appreciate it!
    The scallopy designs remind me of seashells. Will be fun to hear what others see!

  3. What a great idea Karen Anne, I can see you could pop even a photo in there & it would make it a work of art! Well Done : )

  4. Hi Karen Ann...I really love what you have done here...I think you might be on to something good!

    Maybe you can call it "Motif designs to enchance your favorite ACEO"?

  5. Oh, that's a thought and very good idea. Thanks Deborah!

  6. Hey Shelle! How ya doin'? Oh, like kid's school trading photos! Another great idea - thanks!

  7. How about, 'original, intricate hand painted ACEO mats'

    Karen, I also wanted to let you know that you won my calendar giveaway. Congratualtions! I will try to contact you here or via Etsy. All I really need is your mailing address to send the calendar to. Hope you enjoy it!!!!

  8. I like that Lynne! Only it isn't hand painted, it's hand inked ...

    Oh Wow! I am delightfully excited! It is a beautiful calendar and I can't wait to see it in person! Thank you! I KNOW I will enjoy it, your art work is just beautiful!

  9. Just thought, (maybe not) but they also would be great as a template for personalised coasters or table mats too?


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