play date notes

Art Play Date #6 Notes

Well, I am putting a reminder in my calendar to take photos next time. Will you remind me, too? 🙂

We had a nice time on Saturday! We had Sonia (making some paper flowers), Mildred (crocheting her temperature blanket), Aleta (painting) and Jessica (watercolors in her journal). I was working on catching up on my 3-year-old’s scrapbook.

Here’s some of the stuff we discussed:

  • Chit chat: The weather (we talked about it a LOT!) and being Colorado transplants and a bit about our native states and countries
  • Shopping opportunity: Cowboy Church is having a craft fair on October 29 and Mildred will have a table there
  • Workshop: Jennie Kiessling is teaching a journaling workshop at Artworks in Loveland, beginning October 27 (5-week course)
  • Book recommendation: Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green by Michael Wilcox
  • Idea: Have a workshop on how to set up an Etsy shop (I will make this happen)
  • Idea: Set up links to all members’ only presence(s) (Working on this!)

Well, that’s all the news that’s fit to print today. See you next month!

Art Play Date #5 Notes

So, we forgot to take photos again. But we had a nice-sized group and it looked like folks got a lot done! Thanks to Peggy, Amy, Kathryn, Jessica, Chris, Flavia, Sonia, Michelle, my daughter Mae (aged 3), and myself for showing up. Pat yourselves on the back for taking time for yourselves!

Some of the things we talked about that were recommended by attendees:

Book: Shut Your Monkey by Danny Gregory. This is about silencing your inner critic.

Movie: Sully

TV: Uncle Grandpa (on the Cartoon Network)

Shop: Magic Cabin


Hope to see you at Art Play Date #6 on October 15!

Art Play Date #4 Notes

(l-r) Chris works on her owl, while Michelle and Nyebbi discuss crochet, and Sonia works on her current paper quilling project
(l-r) Chris works on her owl, while Michelle and Nyebbi discuss crochet, and Sonia works on her current paper quilling project

Woo! Lots of great conversation and info swirling around our meetup on Saturday, therefore, a plethora of show notes for you! Thank you to Jessica, Sonia, Nyebbi, Michelle, Chris, Kathryn and Sergi for attending and making the morning fun.

  • Book: Doorways and Openings by Catherine Anderson (A great book of doorway photos you can use in your work!)
  • A great idea for collage — find a place and print out an aerial photo. Kathryn had a really great shot of a city in the Middle East from Google Earth, the name of which evades me at the moment, and it looked like it had a lot of potential. Images from NASA and US Geological Survey (USGS) are copyright free, making them even more attractive for art pieces you might sell.
  • Maps are fun to use, too. If you’re a AAA member, they’re free!
  • Sonia will be teaching paper quilling at 9 a.m. on August 1 at the Fort Collins Creative Cards and Papercrafting meetup.
  • We talked quite a bit about journaling and Jessica mentioned that she’s trying bullet journaling. Looks fun!
  • Shop: Wool Hat, on Lincoln Street (near Mountain) in Fort Collins, sells upcycled and vintage furniture
  • Jessica was filming her journaling using time lapse software for use on her YouTube (BrownPaperBunny) channel. Neat!
  • Danny Gregory – a very inspiring artist. Start with Everyday Matters.
  • We also talked about having an art supply swap at a future meeting, so be on the lookout for info about that in a future post.

And thanks to everyone who helped out by chipping in for the membership. You know who you are, and you’re rock stars.

Art Play Date #3 Notes

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so our June Art Play Date was a little small. MJ, Sonia and I spent a few enjoyable hours of chatting and creating. Here are a couple of notes:

And, a thought for the day: If you can’t make it and have RSVPed on Meetup, please un-RSVP so that if someone wants to bring snacks or something, we’ll know how many to plan for. Similarly, if nobody plans to attend, I could really use the extra sleep and the CCC can use the space. Thanks!

Art Play Date #1 Notes

We had a great time on Saturday, hanging out, talking and working on our respective projects. Thanks to Minnie, Mary, Darla, Sonia and Odile for being pioneers in this group experiment. And when I say we talked, boy, did we talk! Below are the notes I took during our Play Date. I thought these might be useful for everyone’s reference.

And before I forget, I’ve set up a Facebook group for conversation. This way, you can choose to chat on Meetup or Facebook. I’ll be posting news and updates to both sites, as well as to this blog and in the newsletter. So, pick your poison and stay in touch!

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