Pour 6, on ACEO CB

Getting started… dripped paint mixtures directly on ACEO size canvas board.
WIP: tilt, turn, blow, and even shake a bit trying to control paint flow
Pour #6: colors shift, darken as it dries.
So much for using painter’s tape and handles… still ended up with a messy back.
Finishing back with matte black… signed with my artist symbol.
The “YO” stands for Youngstown, Ohio

Liner Notes

  • PAINT: Plaid Apple Barrel liquid acrylics (black, wild iris, parrot blue); Plaid Extreme Glitter (silver)
  • FLOW MEDIUM: diluted Elmer’s Glue-ALL
  • ADDITIVE: Hoppe’s 9 gun oil
  • GROUND: 2.5 x 3.5 inch (ACEO size) canvas board prepped by covering back with painters tape, adding sticks for handles, and wetting top surface with water.
  • HEAT: waved a Bic lighter and blew on it (so need a torch thing)

Working on the little canvas board was much easier to control the flow, perhaps because ACEO is my favorite size. Stick handles helped, kept my fingers off the edges. I still ended up with a messy back.

I’m not sure if adding a couple drops of gun oil did anything. I used it because don’t have any silicone, which is the suggested additive in most of the tutorial videos, and figured Hoppe’s 9 is one of the best “fine oils” for anything. I’ll buy silicone and one of those heat torch things when I’m able to go shopping again. I don’t wander much when the streets are icy.

Oh, I’ve been making ACEO size art for so long that I forget that not everyone know what an ACEO is… ACEO is an acronym for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals” which is just miniature art, any medium, that measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Most are thin like sports cards, but there is no rule on thickness. Some people call this size ATC for “Artist Trading Cards” and yes, ATC and ACEO are the exact same size. It’s one of those things that are the same but not the same… the only difference is what you do with them. Artist Trading Cards are meant to be traded (never sold) and traded exclusively between artists as a means to network, share techniques, etc. Call it an ACEO and you can do whatever you want with it… sell it, trade it, no exclusive bull, anyone (not just artists) are “allowed” to collect art in this size. Considering the old masters traded (or sold) their art cards for food, lodging, and other things they needed; I stand with the ACEO crowd.

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Feeding Rats on B Street

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Free to download PDF version: Feeding Rats on B Street

Yes, I’m asking you to print & fold your own copy of this little book. It requires just one sheet of paper. Open the pdf and print at actual size. How to fold instructions are located here.

Since this is the first in a series of mini chapbooks featuring my bad poetry, I’ll share a little background.

We were playing with this idea in 2015, but got bogged down in alignment issues.  Half the text must be inverted, so I was printing one half, rotating the paper, and running it through the printer again. That’s where the alignment issues began. The feed on my cheap inkjet printer consistently sucks the paper in with little regard to the margins set by the word processor. It wants, and takes, more than a quarter inch. Paper folds created another alignment issue. It seems the outside layer requires a bit more paper than the inside layer for all edges to align properly. Printing on a copy weight paper improved results.

I kept trying to adjust the margins and column widths, then ended up doing a cut and paste the old fashioned way (scissors and tape) with Jim Villani at the Pig Iron Press before running off hard copies. They were fun to pass out at poetry readings.

I forgot all about making chapbooks until a couple weeks ago, when the idea of using GIMP for the layout popped into my head.  It worked. So, I updated the back cover and here it is… the very first in a series of mini chapbooks available as a pdf so anyone who desires a free copy can print and fold their own.

Is the alignment perfect?

No, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.  It’s a frikkin piece of folded paper. Chapbooks are not meant to be perfect. The intent is to distribute words (poems or little stories, with or without illustrations) in a fun, economical, and tangible manner.

If anyone else is doing this, please let me know… it would be fun to collect chapbooks.

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Free Buttons Today



I will be downtown giving away free buttons to “snowflakes” before the GOP candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election arrives here in Youngstown for a political rally today. Yes, he is campaigning already… the man is still stuck in campaign mode, doesn’t know how to BE presidential, or maybe he just needs his ego stroked by 20,000 adoring fans cheering him on as he spews more lies.

Sorry, Trump supporters… everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is mine.

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