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    ICAD 2014 #61: It's a Wrap!

    "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
    Dr. Seuss

    3x5" index card stitched with all sorts of things including a postage stamp, watercolored papers, fabric, gelatin prints, found text, ephemera.

    news 07
    photo store, near the park exit
    safari photo
    find that location
    vivant, one need not live in France
    posta romana
    you plant
    garnish with lemon twist
    the original


    ICAD 2014 #60

    3x5" index card, sakura glaze pen, gouache


    ICAD 2014 #59a & 59b: More Contour Drawings

    3x5" index cards, ink, gouache

    These girls were drawn while looking at models in advertisements in Vogue. Yesterday's girls were drawn with eyes closed. Quite a different "look and feel" to the work. Gave the girl on the right pale blue eye shadow.

    ICAD(s) #59a&b|61+.


    ICAD 2014 #58a & 58b

    “It had long since come to my attention
    that people of accomplishment rarely
    sat back and let things happen to them.
    They went out and happened to things.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

    3x5" index cards, ink, gouache

    One of the folks in the ICAD group at FB "challenged" us to do a blind contour drawing of ourselves. So I closed my eyes and drew a girl, trying not to lift the pen. I didn't really try to draw myself but rather a girl. The girl on the left has glasses. I painted one with gouache and I love how it turned out - with a bit of depth and playfulness.

    ICAD(s) #58a&b|61.


    ICAD 2014 Guest: TJ

    Today's guest artist is TJ of Studio Mailbox! I started reading TJ's blog years ago when she was an expat living in Germany and sharing her insights and artwork. To learn more about the book below at Studio Mailbox


    ICAD was the perfect reason for me to start up another small daily practice. Summer is so busy but what better way to capture all the little things happening than to get them down onto cards? On and off for many years I have done various things. I love looking back and seeing day by day what unfolds. Since this particular practice is on individual papers I wanted to find a way to put them all together in a collection. Quickly I realized this was another chance for me to practice putting together a flag book.

    If you're not familiar with flag books, they are simply a book that has an accordion as it's spine with the cards consistently tipped into one side or the other of the accordion. When the book is pulled out lengthwise there is a lot of movement and the cards cross over each other and pull out flat. Its like magic! You can also view the book in the traditional sense, paging through it. When it's in retracted mode then one card is face up and one is face down. It's so simple but also totally crazy. There are variations on flag books. Mine here is a simple two row book. Flag books can have many rows, the possibilities are endless.

    It's been so much fun over these last two months hanging out with everybody and seeing all the inspiring things that have come through the newsfeed. A big thanks to Tammy for organizing this fun event that has managed to document my daily ups and downs. Please feel free to come hang out with me on my blog Studio Mailbox or friend me in Facebook. I love keeping up with all you cool peeps who are constantly creating the world around us. Keep up the good work!! xx TJ


    ICAD 2014 #57

    “Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”
    John Keats

    3x5" index card, acrylics

    day fifty-seven. five.dot.seven. 57. ㊿ + ⑦. ⓴+⓴+⓱ #hashtagfiftyseven

    Time for a few announcements!

    ▶︎ № 1: August 1. The new Friday video series called Art Journaling Tangents & Tactics begins.

    ▶︎ № 2: September 1. The new Daisy Yellow Fun Color Challenge begins. This challenge will be bright & colorful & full of acrylic paint. Details coming in about a week.

    ▶︎ № 3: August 1. You are invited to start the 61 Daily Paper Prompts with DPP #1. These prompts were fully refurbished & refreshed in September 2013. Designed for beginning artists AND folks rolling off the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge! They can be done with index cards or larger pieces of paper! 


    ICAD 2014 #56

    3x5" index card, painted papers, stitched


    ICAD 2014 #55

    3x5" index card, acrylics, neocolors


    ICAD 2014 Guest: Sue

    Today's guest index card artist is Sue of Sue's Craft Cupboard. Sue is an enthusiastic contributor to the Daisy Yellow Facebook Group and actively involved in the index-card-a-day challenge. Sue was kind enough to help moderate the group while I was away on vacation.


    Materials used: 3 x 5 index card, acrylic paint - aqua and Payne's Grey, Recycled "found" newspaper text, Reused "found" stamps or mark makers.

    I am well known among friends and family for pontificating about Reuse, Reduce, Recycle so this is what's behind much of my art. I love experimenting with shapes and forms found among my recycling, using these in my arty pursuits, learning about new techniques and just seeing where experimenting takes me and what serendipity happens.

    I was inspired by a quote seen in a Home and Garden magazine - "White clarifies space and accentuates form." So this card (and a series which you can see on my blog) was created by smearing some left over paint on the card and stamping with a bottle top and the bottom of a biscuit packing tray and celebrating the white space.

    I have become calmer and more peaceful in my everyday life, feel constantly inspired, am more experimental, feel like an artist because I create art (even if it's just for me) and I just love the ICAD and Daisy Yellow community that Tammy has created. You've all helped me to grow in so many ways!


    ICAD 2014: Week #9 Prompts

    100% Optional Topical Prompts for Week #9 {the final week} of the 2014 Index-Card-a-Day Challenge!!!

    By now surely you know the drill! Use the prompts if you wish... or not! 













    ICAD 2014 #54: Sideways

    3x5" index card, ink

    As we approach the official "end" date of the 2014 Index-Card-a-Day challenge {which is bittersweet, I know ♥︎}, I congratulate you for your doodles, painterly marks, words, collages and sketches.

    For interpreting the "100% optional" prompts.

    From prisms ➸ Harry Potter ➸ elephants ➸ knots.

    For lugging out old, dusty watercolor paint sets & brushes.

    For investigating {and investing in new-- } art materials.

    For making space for your art.

    Which is really making SPACE for YOURSELF.

    You all rock the world. 


    ICAD 2014 Guest: Gabriele

    Our guest today is Gabriele of the blog Art-a-Tag. Gabriele creates the most marvelous layered collages with intriguing color palettes.


    I like to create these little ICAD collages and I like to create with my Gelli Plate. So this card is a combination of both. The blue print is made on thicker drawing paper, the brown print on deli paper. The wings are stamped on printed deli paper, the lady on newspaper. The words say: Goetz: My novel is really quite hilarious (it was funny that the word "hilarious" was used in a German text). Tammy, thank you so much for having me as a guest artist, you honor me!