Pocket art is a big trend in the art world that combines art and craftsmanship with small items. Examples of pocket art include Art Trading Cards (ATC), Art Cards Editions and Originals (ACEO), art added to handmade and vintage items, and the craftsmanship put into everyday carry (EDC) custom knives.

Pocket Art Examples

Each displays the talent and skill needed to turn a very small object into a work of art. The use of pocket art also has made fine art and beautiful craftsmanship available to more people who appreciate the detailed work that goes into such creations.

Here is a look at some of the popular examples of pocket art.

Art Trading Cards (ATC)

This kind of pocket art goes back to the 19th century when impressionist artists would trade examples of their artwork with each other by painting a small card. The idea was to share ideas and techniques but remove the middleman (taking the business out of art). However, some even sold or traded their cards for food and lodging. Now, artists create these on small cards that you can find at art shows or on internet sites such as eBay.

Art Cards Editions and Originals (ACEO)

An ACEO is much like an ATC, but it emerged in the late 19th century as artists realized that some patrons wanted ATCs for their collections. The standard size for an ACEO is 2.5 x 3.5 inches, which is the size recognized by collectors. They are usually an original or part of a numbered series signed by the artist. These also can be found online or at art shows.

EDC Custom Knives

Unique, beautiful knives have long been sought out by collectors. This also applies to pocket knives that are small in size, including a folding knife. Designers like Louis Krudo use anodized titanium to create different colors, and in some cases also use patina, flaming and rainbow coloring. The idea is to create knives that are functional but also have stunning, custom designs that set them apart from other knives. This is another area that is getting increasingly popular as a growing consumer market has an interest in customized knives.

Handmade or Vintage Items

Pocket art also has expanded into the world of handmade items or vintage pieces that are small. The items can range from handkerchiefs and mini pocket journals to small vases and other decorative items. A trip to any art show will give you an idea of the vast number of ways such an idea can be used to transform everyday objects into small works of art.

These are some of the different ways you can add pocket art into your collection. It makes items you have become used to seeing more interesting and unique. For knife owners, it offers the chance to own an EDC custom knife that is unlike any other.