Return to the Guild and ATCs

A couple of Saturdays ago I was delighted to attend a meeting of the Rhode Island Polymer Clay Guild, or RIPCG, for short. I had become a member back in the fall of 2002 and happily went to the monthly meetings until around 2008-2009 when I had to turn all of my focus onto my unsettled personal life. Now that I’m all settled in my new place (6 months now!) and am feeling more grounded and balanced in my life again, I can bring art group fun back into my life. Yay!

My dear friend, Judy, mixed media queen extraordinaire, showed us how to create and embellish ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), using polymer clay, rubber stamps, paints, markers and a fabulous little invention called Stickles, better known as glitter glue. Oh, be still my heart! You can see Judy’s tutorial here. She’s an amazing teacher, so patient and inspiring. If you’re in the E. Bridgewater, MA area, she gives classes at the Scrapbook Cupboard. Her next class is in Sept. on how to make polymer clay buttons. Check it out!

Lookie, lookie, what we made.

Aren’t they fabulous?!!

The ladies put together a delicious pot luck lunch and we ate and chatted and then ate some more.

Words can’t describe my joy at being back with this gifted, creative group of artists who all inspire me so much. Their talents are many, including Chinese brush painting, Zentangles, acrylic painting, beading, pottery, quilting and knitting. And, of course, polymer clay!

As I painted my little pieces, I felt my heart sing. There’s something about painting that really gets my creative juices flowing.

I started envisioning how I could bring this fun into some jewelry pieces. Starting with my clown pendant pictured at the beginning of this post, I am expanding that vision into components for bracelets, necklaces and earrings. What do you think?

Stay tuned for how this idea shapes and evolves…

“As we give fully, unafraid to let others know the truth about ourselves, we receive unexpected rewards from unexpected sources.”

~Helene Lerner-Robbins, writer

9 comments on “Return to the Guild and ATCs

  1. sueokieffe says:

    this looks like so much fun! good for you. yippee

  2. Dora says:

    It was wonderful to see you again, Karen ! We missed you and Judy, and your creative energy. The photos of our meeting and the ATCs are fantastic. I think the technique would make great jewelry, I look forward to seeing what you do with it !

  3. Judy Shea says:

    Karen.. your final ATC’s area amazing.. I love what you did with them.. Thanks for the high fives on my work and classes.. You’re a peach and a great friend.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Sue!

    Thanks Dora, it was great! I’m looking forward to the next meeting!

    Thanks Judy for your inspiration! You’re welcome. 🙂

  5. frivolitea says:

    oh, those are wonderful!

  6. […] me to painting on polymer clay and a whole new world opened up to me. That day, we made some ATCs but I got a notion to go in a different direction and make a pendant. And then I went home and […]

  7. shaylafish says:

    I love atc’s, its actually a brand new hobby for me to trade them with others. I never thought about using clay! Thats awesome~~

  8. […] July, I wrote about my welcome return to the Rhode Island polymer clay guild here. At that meeting, my friend, Judy, showed us how to create ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) using […]

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