March 2018 Trades

March 17, 2018

On a sunny but brisk day, 5 Artists met in the Transit Annex to share and create.  5 Artists traded, 1 of which was by proxy.

Due to low interest, the Art Group that was going to meet in the mornings of the Transit Traders' meetings has been cancelled.  Sarah is considering alternatives and will keep Artists posted.

Members participated in the 2018 Animal Blind Trade with Giraffe for March and Dog for April.   The animals for May and June are Pig and Cat, respectively.

The Pocket Pages are complete, as some Artists volunteered to make 2 cards for some.  Pocket Pages will be returned to the original Artist.  Jenn sent out an email today to current and former Transit Traders as a reminder.

Regarding supplies, Sue suggested green "Frog Tape" for projects rather than blue painters' tape.  It can be found on or at Walmart; search for "frog tape painters tape."

We discussed how to increase membership.  Nancy L. will put an ad on SwapBot.  Jenn will post information on Facebook.

Artists brought 1-2 items to contribute to an ATC supply kit for the May Challenge.  Artists are to use a combination of items in the kit to create an ATC; all objects do not need to be used.  Save the extras/leftovers in case we want to use them for a Challenge in July or later in the year.

Jenn then demonstrated some of the fun techniques of using Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper - including using the applicators, using blending solution, making circles within circles, and using a straw.  Sue used Alcohol Inks with Stencils which resulted in a very interesting background. 

The next meeting will be on May 19th at 1pm in the Transit Fine Arts Gallery in the Transit Building.  We will set-up a table in the "back" room to work.  Sarah has volunteered to do a demonstration and workshop involving Vellum and Acetate.  Thank you Sarah!

For next time, May 19th at 1pm, please bring:
*Challenge: Make (1) ATC using supplies from the kit created on March 17, 2018
*Challenge: Make (1) ATC from the Alcohol Ink/Yupo Paper Workshop
*2018 Blind Trade: Animals:  May-Pig; June-Cat
*Regular Trade
*Please note the change in location

January 20, 2018

After sub-zero weather this month, sunshine and temperatures in the 40s were very welcome by the Artists.  Sharing ideas and planning for the New Year, 4 Artists met and traded.

Artists participated in the Animal Blind Trade of 2018 : January - Penguins and February- Lovebirds.  Artists shared the results of the November 2017 Challenge: Make an ATC with a rubber stamp.  The Pocket Page trade continued and is almost complete.  Artists participated in the Regular Trade and JAMS as well.

Jenn requested that Artists bring 8 of the same items (buttons, scrap paper, foil, etc.) to the March meeting to contribute to an ATC Challenge Kit for the meeting in May 2018.  The more unconventional the item the better!

The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 17th at 1pm. 

Jenn will do the next Demonstration & Workshop: Using Alcohol Inks with Yupo Paper.  Please bring any alcohol inks and alcohol ink applicators that you may have and basic crafting supplies (scissors, cutter, cardstock, etc.). 

Please remember:
Challenge : Make (1) ATC with the theme of  "Luck."
Assignment: Bring 8 items that will be part of a kit for the May Meeting
2018 Animal Blind Trade:  March: Giraffe; April: Dogs
Pocket Page
Regular Trade

2018 Theme List: Animals

The theme for the Blind Trade for 2018 is Animals. 
Make (1) ATC to trade. 
(The "blind" refers to the cards being drawn out of a bag.)

January: Penguins
February: Lovebirds
March: Giraffes
April: Dogs
May: Pigs
June: Cats
July: Elephants
August: Frogs
September: Kangaroos
October: Pandas
November: Sheep
December: Rabbits

November 18, 2017

To celebrate the group, Artists brought food and drinks for the last meeting of the year which was also the last meeting for some.  Several Artists have decided it is time to move on to other artistic or life adventures; they will be missed.  Transit Traders has been more than a bi-monthly meeting to trade cards; it has been a circle of friendship, inspiration, and artistic sharing. 

A group of Artists will continue to be active and go forward.

The group participated in a show and tell of the ATCs made with Sue's technique with the napkins.  Artists then participated in a blind trade for the 2017 Color Theme - November was Gold and December was Red.

Artists continued to trade Pocket Pages, which are nearly completed, followed by the Regular Trade.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1pm at the Transit Building.  Please bring:
1) Challenge: (1) ATC using Rubber Stamps
2) 2018 Animal Theme:  (1) ATC - January: Penguins & (1) ATC- February: Lovebirds
3) Pocket Page: Add (1) additional ATC
4) Regular Trade

September 16, 2017

As the official start of Autumn was days away, nine Artists met in the Transit Building.  

The meeting began with a discussion about the direction of the group as many Artists are interested in moving-on.  As there was not a final conclusion, the group decided to meet again on October 14th to discuss "What's Next?"  The end result was that there will be two groups - an Art Group that will meet in the mornings of the days of the Transit Traders meeting and will be led by Artists to teach different techniques and mediums.  The Transit Traders will continue as a group and will meet in the afternoons.  Everyone is encouraged to recruit new Artists!

Artists participated in the Blind Trade: September was Sepia/Brown and October was Black.  Artists then traded Pocket Pages and then ATCs in the Regular Trade.

Sue did a demonstration with napkins and saran wrap.  Thank you Sue!

The next meeting will be on November 18, 2017 at 1pm.  It will be the last meeting before the spin-off Art Group.  So please bring:
1) A potluck food item to celebrate our years together
2) Challenge : An ATC with Sue's technique
3) Blind Color Trade:  November: Gold; December: Red
4) Regular Trade
5) Pocket Page Trade