Saturday, January 9, 2016

Not Your Ordinary Art Class

I have finally found an art group that meets monthly in my part of town. It is called Not Your Ordinary Art Class. I have been searching for this type of group for several years! What a great way to start the new year! The ladies are all so sweet and welcoming. The group started 15 years ago so that tells me it's a good one!

Each month I will learn a new skill, have lunch, and swap artist trading cards (ATC) with the group. ATCs are miniature pieces of art that are traded in swap groups. The only official rule is that they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. Our ATCs will have a theme, usually drawing on the skill of what we learned the previous month. This month, though, we started with our "word of the year". Through the holidays, I had been searching for my word of the year when I noticed a Facebook challenge showed up in my feed that offered to help me find my word of the year. I took FB up on their offer and my word became "wisdom!"

Wisdom is a very fitting word for me, as our daughter is getting married in the Fall and we are expecting our second grandchild this summer. I know this word will help me this year!

While I contemplated how I would create my ATC, I noticed a pile of old photos I had punched out into circles sitting among my stash of creative supplies.  I was waiting for the perfect project in which to use them. I thought the lady photos would fit well with my theme, as I felt that they were older and wiser than me. Here are the ATCs I made for my first swap.

This photo has an Instagram filter on it. I think it is Valencia.

I enjoy the creative process and find that it relaxes me. Mixed media paper was used. The edges were sponged with pink ink, followed by brown ink to the corners to tie in with the vintage photos. 

The word wisdom was cut from vinyl via my electronic cutting machine and the definition of it and year were handwritten by me. After the photos were adhered, I doodled a scalloped border around them.

We put the following information on the backs of the cards: our name and date they were created, the name of the challenge, and its number (i.e. 1 of 8). 

Here are the ATCs I received in the swap.

For our monthly project, we were to learn the rosemaling painting technique. I'm not a painter and really struggled with this project, but our group leader took my hand and lovingly helped me through it. It was her idea to add the dots and stripes which totally made the project complete. 

I'll check in with you next month to share my new ATCs and project. We're going to work with stencils, dies and stamps. Thank you for stopping by today!


  1. Patty, I think you will enjoy learning new art things. I like the cards. You'll have to post about all your projects. Blessings, xoxo,Susie
    p.s. congrats on the new grand and the up coming wedding.

  2. Oh, wow, would I love to find a club like that around here....We do have a paper arts club, but I would love to work with different media...looking forward to what you will do next!

  3. I love the stripes and dots.

    And, I am totally envious of the art group you have joined. I need to look for something like it.

  4. Oh what fun and right up your alley. Wish I could join you all!!!! xo Diana

  5. I am in the NYOAC group with Patty and she is such a welcome addition. She is so talented and I love her blog.

  6. Oh how lucky!!!! I wish there was something like that here, I would definitely enjoy. I love your art project you made. I think you are hard on yourself. I think you did a fabulous job painting.

  7. This is fantastic Patty! You will learn so much and meet new friends.

  8. I really like your wisdom cards
    very creative

  9. Love your art work on the heart shaped box Patty!
    Joining an art group is a lovely thing to do - spending time being creative is so good for the soul!
    I'm trying to allocate a couple of hours each week to do just that too!

  10. Hello from Spain: fabulous cards. Great idea. Keep in touch


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