Friday, March 18, 2016

March Art Class at Palette & Paper

This month we met at one of my very favorite inspirational creative spaces called Palette & Paper. We worked with colored pencils this time. But before we did that, we visited for awhile and then partook in our monthly Artist Trading Cards (ATC) swap.

With our swaps, we practice what we learned from our previous class. So since last month we dabbled in stencils, die cuts and stamps, that's what we did. Here's my creation. After cutting lilies with my Cameo, I decided they would be the perfect size for my ATCs. The lilies have a green base, and a second piece (the flower I cut from white cardstock) adhered to it with glue dots. The flower was sponged with ink.

I imagined the lily in a field of flowers, but first I wanted words in the background, so I applied blue ink to a large stamp. Then I used my water paint brush and made a watercolor effect.

Then I stamped flowers that I thought would create a nice background for the lily.

It was such a fun process. I never know where I will go with my ATCs, but am always delighted when I get there. Here are the ATCs I received from my artist friends. I truly treasure them!

To continue with our class, we brought out the colored pencils. We stamped floral images with StazOn ink onto glossy finish paper (Adirondack paper from Ranger). Before we colored the flowers, we heat set the ink with a blow drier so it wouldn't smudge.

I learn about so many new products in this class. These Ferby colored pencils are like "butta".

After you color, you buff with a paper towel or tissue and an amazing thing happens!

It comes out smooth and looks like a photograph!

Then I played with Crayola pencils I stole from found in Ashleigh's college art supplies. There are many brands of colored pencils of varying price ranges. The Crayolas worked just fine for me! Plus I have quite a variety of colors, many thanks to Ashleigh's Fine Arts degree!

As I mentioned above, Palette & Paper inspires me greatly. It's not only a shop that carries the coolest creative supplies, but it also had a fabulous space for classes. I love to spend time there and cannot wait to take my next class!

The shop and studio are filled with many neat things.

Mare Mullineaux, the owner, created these collages from her ephemera collection...

and she brings in fabulous artists to teach classes.

In our art class, we discussed a new activity of creating circle journals. This is where we choose a theme for our journal, and each month a different member of the class takes our journal home to fill a page according to the theme. Sounds like fun and it's a great way to get to know each other better. There's so much creativity to be had, right?!


  1. Patty, It looks like you have been having a The nice collages too. great time. I love those cards !!! The nice collages too. Blessings to you, hope all is well. xoxo,Susie

  2. What a fun post, Patty. It is fun to see what you have been up to and what you are doing. I love the idea of the circle journal. xo Diana

  3. This reminds me of our rubber stamp club, years ago - we had so much fun and I miss it so much!! Love what you created!

  4. I love your ATCs and those Ferby colored pencils look really interesting. I've never heard of them. Wish I could join you at these classes. They look like so much fun!

  5. You are so creative and talented!

  6. Hi Patty, I'm glad you are having so much fun in your class. Your ATC's are great! The possibilities are endless with what you can create using pencils and ink.

  7. Hello from Spain: I really like your collages. Fabulous proposals. You are very creative. keep in touch and Happy easter


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