The 2015 Challenge Starts June 1, 2015. 
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Welcome to the 2015 Index-Card-A-Day Challenge

The challenge is about the DOING and not the
It is the process of creating each day that matters.

An annual creative challenge facilitated by Daisy Yellow!
Go buy a pack of index cards
♥ draw ♥ doodle ♥ write ♥ collage ♥
♥ paint ♥ haiku ♥ stamp ♥ stitch ♥
61 DAYS : 61 CARDS
2015 Index-Card-a-Day
June 1 to July 31, 2015

What do I do to start?

Starting on June 1st, create something on a 3x5" index card every day for 61 days. If you start after June 1 you do not need to catch up, just start. You can do more at the end if you wish. But get going, that is what is important. 

{You do not need to catch up, just start} 

Do we have to use index cards?

YES. That's the point. This is simple stuff. Not precious. Just a stack of cards on your desk or kitchen counter. Grab one, create, repeat. I suggest 3x5" index cards or index card dividers {these are made out of manila folder type paper}. And yes, Rolodex cards are OK because they are inherently index cards with holes at the bottom. Maximum size = 4" x 6"  Just index cards. Simple materials push you to think in new ways. 

Why index cards? We use index cards specifically because they are cheap, not precious, and absolutely without a doubt "not" the perfect substrate. They are abundant, and thus we do not hesitate to pitch them when the work turns into a catastrophe.


Over the years I've had many questions about doing the challenge on another surface or substrate. For example, people have asked if they can cut watercolor paper to size, digital index cards in photoshop, vintage library cards, glossy postcards, old B&W photographs, tourist postcards, gelatin prints etc. All of these would make fun projects! They simply aren't index cards;} If you want to do index-card-a-day, use index cards. 

Generally here is where the line is drawn.  Simple materials give you freedom to take chances in your creative work, and  also provide a challenge - the constraint of very basic paper.
1) The cards should have the feel of index cards. These are basic office supplies - and there are many types of index cards - plain paper, lined, gridded, neon, cards that feel like manilla folders, rolodex-style cards with holes punched.
2) The blank cards should not be precious or dear to you.

How does it work?

Each week I'll post a list of optional prompts.
Each day, you create art on an index card.
That's it.

Why do this challenge?

Each individual index card creation represents a conscious choice by one person to do one creative thing over the course of one typical day. A choice to infuse life with art and creativity, one step at a time, one card at a time. The challenge is a creative kick that can spark your imagination. There are 1000's of cards completed each year. The creative energy just might change your life. But you won't know unless you try. 

But seriously, what's the secret?

There is no secret or trick to ICAD other than getting a stack of index cards, some materials of your choice, and creating something on a card each day. It is not a competition. It is an endeavor, a goal, a challenge. 

You can go into this challenge without any thought or preparation other than having index cards, markers and a positive attitude! You can wing it! Here's what I've learned. Your attitude will be your most important preparation and tool throughout the challenge. That said, if you feel like it, consider whether you want to explore something in particular. A topic, a medium, a technique?

How do I prepare for the challenge?

There are  warm-up exercises so that our creative muscles are in good shape when we start the challenge. Creative warm-ups will be available in May 2015!

Do I need to prep my index cards in some way?

It is important for the newbies to know that this is NOT required. There is no "edge" that you get in prepping index cards {like painting a background or something like that}. It's a choice. You will still be doing something creative with a card {background or no background} each day. The challenge is to create art on an index card for 61 days straight. So if you want to create abstract "backgrounds" or prep your cards for the mediums/ideas that you plan to do, go for it. Here's an example. Last summer I knew that I would be on vacation part of June, so I painted a dozen index cards with gouache so that I could doodle on the backgrounds in the hotel room. The doodles were my ICAD endeavors on those days and I liked having the varied colors. Other years, I've just grabbed index cards and drawn without any backgrounds. Both options worked just as well! If you choose to set up some cards with a smear of acrylic paint or gesso so that {later} you can write a quote, that is OK.

Can kids do the challenge?

Definitely! My daughters have done the challenge almost every year since we started. See my tips for doing ICAD with kids at Index-Card-a-Day: Kid Version.

Can I make a bunch of cards instead of one-a-day?

The spirit of the challenge is to create one card each day. So if you want to do the ICAD challenge, set your sights on an index-card-a-day. A little art each day works to instill new creative habits. 

Can I make an extra card or two, for the days I can't do art?

Some folks create an extra card so that if there is a day that they are unable to do a card then there is an emergency back-up procedure. But I will mention that I've created cards cards while on an airplaine, in a hotel room, in a hotel lobby, at an auto repair shop, waiting for my daughters, at the symphony while musicians were tuning up, while the kids were swimming, at the beauty salon, while dinner cooked, in the waiting room at the doctor's office, etc. If you make your card creation process extremely complicated, this will work against the idea of creating one per day.

Be careful not to create self-imposed rules & barriers. 

Definitely keep a few cards in your backpack or purse along with a few markers. If nothing else, find a pattern to draw or a logo or font to emulate! You *can* create index card art in 5 minutes if that's all you've got! Even if you have a comic series going {say... a cartoon about a kangaroo named Simone who gets trapped in an....} anyhow, even in the middle of a series, if you find yourself at the car repair shop, you can draw a pattern instead of working on your series. It's still a card and it's still creativity. BE FLEXIBLE. You can always go back to your series about kangaroos the next day.

What should I do with my cards when ICAD is finished?

Stack them up and take a photograph! Experience the sense of accomplishment! There is no goal other than finishing the challenge, creating 61 cards in 61 days. Investing time in YOURSELF and your ART PRACTICE is the win here, not the finished work! What matters is NOT collecting a bunch of index card creations but that daily bit of creativity on a blank canvas which is not precious.

My thought is that you will eventually find a purpose for your cards. You can give your cards as gifts, attach them to your art journal, write poetry on the back, make an inspiration wall with your cards, tack them to a cork board, put them on the fridge with little neon magnets, sew them into a quilt, file them in a collaged recipe box, collect them in a binder or photo album, mail them to friends. Poke holes in your ICADs and place them on a huge metal jump ring. I promise that you don't need to know what you'll do with your cards. We don't need to know what we will do with our art. It is the EXPERIENCE that makes the difference, not the stack of cards. 

Why do we use 3x5" or 4x6" index cards?

It's a perfect size for experimentation.
Index cards are a basic material found in any office supply store. The small size of the canvas can inspire ideas. You can incorporate the lines on the card in your creation. Or ignore the lines. Or work on the back.

What should I do on this 3x5" or 4x6" card?

This is up to you. Anything goes. Make flash cards to teach yourself Russian. Paint with acrylic paints. Drip india ink. Dye with espresso. Practice origami folds. Stitch. Sketch. Doodle. Stamp. Collage. Cut up weave the pieces back together. Write Haiku poems. Document your paint collection. 

What resources does Daisy Yellow provide?

  • Each week I post a set of 100% optional themes + prompts
  • Daisy Yellow Flickr group where you can post your art.
  • Daisy Yellow ICAD Facebook group dedicated to the challenge. ☜ new group opens May 2015
  • Ideas, ideas, ideas. Like What Can You Do With an Index Card.
  • Each day of the challenge, I post an index card. So I'm creating every day too!

How Can I help spread the ICAD Love?

Share this link: http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/icad-faq.html

Use the hashtag #icad2015 at instagram and ♥︎ and comment on other people's work. This a great way to get to "know" others through art, through doing a challenge together. 

Please spread the word across the globe by tweeting, blogging about the challenge, posting a link on your FB page, etc. Talk about what it means to you, how you approach the challenge, why you do it, why index cards are important, how it has changed your creative life, why it makes you happy. 

Motivate challengers by being an art cheerleader. Leave comments on other people's work at Flickr and FB. Leave blog comments. FAV stuff at Flickr. ♥︎ stuff at Tumblr and Instagram. Talk about your experience. Like stuff at FB. Be a cheerleader. ICAD develops into the best kind of crazy! The fanfare spurs everyone on to keep going toward the goal. 

Where should I link my blog posts?


What about Prompts?

[Read about the use of prompts and constraints in ICAD.]

There are two types of prompts. I call them THEMES and PROMPTS. More on that in a moment. Prompts are 100% optionalAbout half of the participants have historically followed the prompts. Prompts are posted each Friday for 9 weeks. Mix and match prompts as you wish. I'll share ideas and inspiration along the way.

Link to Prompt Posting Schedule {coming May 2015}

Is there a badge for my blog?

Yes, get a 2015 ICAD badge for your blog sidebar. {coming April 2015}

Where should we post our index cards?

  • We want to see all of your index cards! 
  • Add your index cards to the Daisy Yellow ICAD Facebook Group. This group is only for index cards; join the year-round Daisy Yellow FB group to post art journal pages.
  • Post to instagram with tag #icad2015
  • Add your index cards to the Daisy Yellow Flickr Group. 
  • Hashtags: 
    twitter + instagram + facebook --> #icad2015 
    flickr -->  icad or icad2015

What is the history of the index-card-a-day challenge?

I started index-card-a-day in 2011 on a whim. I was sitting in a cafe and wanted to draw. I happened to have a stack of index cards in the pocket of my backpack and drew some mandalas. I thought that it might be fun to draw a bunch of cards over the course of the summer. 

Trivia: In 2011 ICAD was 92 days! In 2012 + 2013 + 2014 the challenge was 61 days. 

Each year, I create index cards too, and post every card to Daisy Yellow. We will have guest index card contributors throughout the challenge. To get the blog feeds/updates for Index-Card-a-Day, you'll need to follow the instructions here!

What does it cost?

ICAD is FREE. If you find value in this challenge, please consider a contribution to Tammy's "tip jar" to help fund the overhead costs of running Daisy Yellow including blog hosting, software, website fees and... most importantly... coffee & scones. 

Contributions are appreciated.

How Do I Register?

Good news! There's no registration of any sort! Just follow the blog posts and create a card each day starting June 1st. You participate by sharing your cards in one of the online groups or at your own blog. I'll have a Mister Linky on the first day and last day of the challenge, where you can link-up your blog. 

How do I get updates in my feed reader?

Here are the instructions.

Can I post the ICAD prompts + Tammy's index cards to my blog?

No. Please don't. This is the 5th year of the challenge and I've learned a lot about keeping it organized! The process works better if there are not a lot of repeated + intersecting posts. I know that you are excited to share the fun, and the best way to do that is to hop around and say hello and cheer each other on... and post your work at your blog, Instagram, Flickr or FB to inspire others. 

Please respect the work that I have put into developing the challenge, supporting materials & prompts. 


PLEASE DO NOT copy/paste the prompts or Tammy's index cards to your blog or website or distribute in paper or electronic format. The challenge is a labor of love but the content and copyright are that of Daisy Yellow.

Nothing vulgar, nothing that would make folks say "ewwwwww" or cringe. The challenge is family friendly. Kids are welcome to join the challenge and yes, you can post your kids' cards on the Flickr or FB groups, just tag them #kidart. Over the years many kids have participated in the challenge. Please do not to "push" children to create one a day, keep it fun. Actual index cards must be used. The size limit for index cards is 4x6".

I have spent an incredible amount of creative energy designing and nurturing the challenge, responding to questions, developing examples, etc. and ask that you respect my ideas and copyrights. Do not copy the concept, content, prompts etc. or my index card art. This is UNCOOL and WRONG.

Design, content and images © 2011-2015 Tammy Garcia.

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge: Kid Version!

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Index cards are absolutely perfect art materials for children. And the annual index-card-a-day challenge is kid-friendly. Pop over and skim through the FAQ to get an idea of what ICAD is all about. Since the challenge began in 2011, kids have created 1000s of index cards! My daughters have participated in their own way each year. 

Kids are welcome to participate. 

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It is the act of creating {creative thinking, creative work} that matters. So cheer on your kids, your class, your grandkids, but please relax the requirement to finish one card per day. I bet you will find that kids prefer to work on their index card art in batches or series. They get on a creative roll and just keep going. Other days, they are busy making stuff with LEGOs and don't want to stop to do art. 

Please do not make it a hard and fast requirement that kids create one card each day. 

The best thing that you can do? Be a role model. Let the kids see you in the act of creating:) Let them see you smile as you work, happy with your experiments and happy with your cards. Art is joy!

Art materials for Index-Card-a-Day

  1. Stacks of index cards. Mix-it-up with lined, unlined, gridded, neon, dividers, etc. 
  2. Cups overflowing with markers. 
  3. Boxes of sharpened colored pencils. 
  4. Mugs of pencils. 
  5. Erasers. 
  6. Pencil sharpener. 
  7. Stapler. 
  8. Glue stick. 
  9. Tape. Washi tape. 
  10. Magazines. 
  11. Stencils, ruler, protractor. 
  12. Rubber stamps, stamping ink, alphabet stamps. 
  13. Kid scissors. 
  • Let kids have the freedom to do what they want on their cards. If they want to get messy, protect your table and the floor around the work space and provide old t-shirts. My kids started painting with craft acrylics when they were about two. 
  • Focus on the act of creating - the PROCESS - the experience - not the beauty of the FINISHED PRODUCT. 
  • Sometimes kids are hard on themselves {an errant line, an eraser mark, oh my!} so be gentle.
  • A snack and/or music can alter the mood of the day. Jelly beans go quite well with index card art. 
  • If the challenge coincides with a vacation or summer break for your family, bring along materials to draw/doodle in hotel rooms, at the beach, on a plane, etc. Many of our cards are created "on the road" each summer.
  • If the child doesn't have 61 cards at the end of July, celebrate the work no matter what! "Look at all of these cool airplane drawings! What a wide variety of colors + shapes, Jaynee!" Take a look at all of the cards on a dining table or large work surface.

Here's how my kids do the ICAD challenge.

  • A big-picture goal of creating 61 cards over the course of June & July has worked for my own kids, who have participated since the challenge began! They are now 13 and 15 and each year there's a different "twist" on their work. 
  • DD15 works on lined or gridded index cards; usually does 1-2 cards every few days. Like last year, she plans to draw doodles, patterns or riddles.
  • DD13 plans to do a third series of hand-drawn girls on half-sized index cards. This year, she wants to do 61 x 2 = 122 half cards. She likes to work on a bunch each day, often finishing before the end of the challenge because she gets immersed in her series.
  • My daughters have lots of markers and colored pencils and it just sort of happens - we'll be drawing or laughing about our cards or comparing notes on what number we are at. 
  • I post my kids' cards to my blog in batches, rather than one-per-day. It's really difficult to keep up with photographing and posting all of them each day.

Learn more about inspiring {and eroding} creativity.

Project-Based Homeschooling. Wildly informative array of reasources for inspiring creative & independent thinking.

Marvin Vartel's Ways Not to Kill Classroom Creativity highlights the role of the teacher in building or eroding creativity, including showing examples instead of defining problems. He notes that "image flooding" or showing too many examples can be intimidating and suggestive, creating slicker work but weaker creative thinking skills and unique ideas.

Leslie Owen Wilson describes 7 ways that we impact creativity in On Killing Creativity in Children, including surveillance, evaluation, rewards, competition, control, restricting choice and pressured expectations. 

What Can You Do With an Index Card?


What can you do with an index card?

  1. Design a quilt block
  2. Draw at the beach
  3. Write a list
  4. Take notes at university
  5. Draw a repeating linear pattern
  6. Create textures with acrylic paints
  7. Make a collage
  8. Stamp with alphabet stamps
  9. Write a haiku
  10. Attach to your journal page
  11. Test your inks

  12. Do a blind contour drawing of your face
  13. Make a map of an imaginary island
  14. Add as a tip-on to your art journal
  15. Draw a mandala
  16. Draw patterns from curtains or wallpaper
  17. Cut into a stencil or mask
  18. Draw teeny tiny designs
  19. Paint a rainbow
  20. Stitch or embroider around the edges
  21. Draw little people
  22. Write a word on the front and the definition and part of speech on the back. Expand your vocabulary.
  23. Design a word search or mini-crossword puzzle
  24. Create a monogram or a logo
  25. Sketch a building facade
  26. Practice hand-lettering skills by writing quotes
  27. Stamp with bubble wrap & acrylics
  28. Write a story
  29. Plan a workshop or a tea party
  30. Paint with watercolor over a wax resist
  31. Write the alphabet in block letters
  32. Cut up two cards and weave back together
  33. Fold into an origami crane
  34. Cover with strips of washi tape
  35. Fold it into a teeny tiny envelope
  36. Add a tiny pocket
  37. Poke holes and practice embroidery stitches
  38. Document moments of your vacation
  39. Glamorize your word-of-the-year
  40. Sketch whimsical faerie faces
  41. Write the recipe for olive & rosemary mushroom quiche
  42. Marble paint
  43. Practice drawing faces
  44. Motivate yourself
  45. Invent fonts
  46. Create your company or blog logo
  47. Write a monogram
  48. Use it as a bookmark
  49. Recycle into an art journal page
  50. Do a mind map or brainstorm

Daily Paper Prompt #67: Paint-it-Black

Doodling in bold black marker in my Art Doodle Love journal... making negative space interesting.

Making gelatin prints with cut-out-petals as masks.

An art journal page from 2010 {not the best photo, sorry} where I started with black gesso and then used a technique I taught in my workshop for 21 Secrets a few years ago called Urban Layer Cake. Find the video tutorial here. My journaling is in white gelly roll.

Stitching painted papers on black paper.

Art journal collage on a background of black gesso. Black acrylics work just as well.

Acrylics and ink on an index card.


Prompt #67 is to create an art journal page or other artwork on paper where black is the predominant color or the background color.

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!

Daily Paper Prompt #66: Neocolor Love

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.”
Hermann Hesse

There's a video tutorial for using Neocolors to embellish your journaling at Art Journal Tangent #5: Beach Umbrella.

For this prompt, grab your Caran D'Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax crayons {or Lyra aquarelles or watercolor pencils}. Draw something with Neocolors or use them on a collaged page. Try drawing stripes or a house or a starburst or a grid!

Neocolors are so versatile and an integral part of my art journaling process. You can draw with them as you would any other crayon, use a wet brush to "grab" color from the tip and paint like watercolor, brush over your colored lines to dissolve them and edge photographs or images.

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!

Daily Paper Prompt #65: Wax Resist

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau


Left to Right: 1) wax resist, india ink, alcohol ink, 2) wax resist, gouache, 3) wax resist, high flow acrylics, alcohol ink, 4) ballpoint pen, wax resist, gouache


First drew with wax, then painted with gouache.


First drew stripes with wax, then painted with blue india ink, then dripped alcohol ink in various colors. 


First drew with wax, then painted with gouache.


First drew with wax, then painted with blue high flow acrylics, then dripped alcohol inks in various colors.


{Note this is in a different order, wax is not first...} First wrote random thoughts with standard ball-point pen, then rubbed wax on top of the inked lines, then painted with gouache. You'll need good light to "see" where you are adding the wax lines; I was a bit off! I tried this with several pens and the only one that worked well was a junky ball-point. You know, standard hotel issue pens or one found in the dusty depths of your desk at work.

Start with a candle, a big ol' block of canning wax or an ordinary white crayon. Use the hard wax to draw squiggles or lines on an index card. That's the resist or the mask. For the next layer, experiment with different mediums. What do you like best? What medium allows you to use wax to mask a shape most effectively? 

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!

Daily Paper Prompt #64: Contour Drawing

“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

This Daily Paper Prompt originated in the 2014 ICAD group at Facebook where we started doing blind contour drawings of ourselves. So grab a few index cards and a fine-nibbed black pen. Close your eyes and draw a girl, trying not to lift the pen. You can draw your vision of yourself or draw any girl. I love how my drawings turned out - with a bit of depth and playfulness.

Draw a second set of girls while looking in the mirror or while looking at models in advertisements. These were models in Vogue.

For this prompt:

1) Draw a face on an index card with your eyes closed {squint if you must, but keep going with that line work}, keeping the pen to the paper, drawing one line, non-stop.
2) Draw a face on an index card while looking at a photograph of a face or your beautiful self in a mirror.  

Here's an example of what blind contour drawings look like, and the value of this technique. Per the Lane Tech site, "We all new the drawings would be silly and incorrectly proportioned, which took the pressure off making a great drawing and allowed students to focus on observing closely and recording like a scientist."

Find an in-depth lesson in blind contour drawing by Bartel Art.

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!

Daily Paper Prompt #63: Layering Inkjet Transparencies {Lauren}

Paper-fanatic Lauren Bergold is back for her second round of collage-themed DPP prompting! Here's hot-off-the-press DPP #63 for your creative fun.


Thank you, Tammy, for inviting me to chime in today with an idea I hope will inspire you!

My favorite medium is collage, and I like lots of layers. One of my favorite ways to add content without extra weight and bulk is by printing my own photos and digital compositions onto transparencies made especially for inkjet printers. They're available at any office supply store and are a great tool for making your art even more personal and unique.

This example features a photograph I took of the Statue of Liberty, which I placed over an architectural diagram, then added a few more vintage paper layers before stapling the entire thing to a large butterfly cut from a magazine.

Photos are probably my favorite way to use this technique, but there are LOTS of options: layer a quotation or poetry over a real-life collage, just by printing out a text document on a transparency instead of paper; scan vintage ledgers, interesting book pages or old love letters to add depth and interest; create a collage of digital brushes for a grunge effect. The best part is that since you're creating the original as a digital file, you can re-size, re-color and re-print as many times as you'd like!

Clear layers blend seamlessly and sometimes it's hard to tell which bits are which, so here's a shot that also shows the photo on its own.

If you're wondering why Lady Liberty is left-handed in this example... (In real life she isn't!) ...it's because inkjet transparencies have a smooth front and a "pebbly" back; it's the latter which holds the ink and allows it to dry. Thus, before printing, you'll want to click the printer dialog box that allows you to print "mirror image" so that your images and/or text are oriented correctly. It's also a good idea to use the transparency or high-gloss paper setting, to reduce the chance of smeared ink. In this case, you can see that I forgot to flip the image, but let's just call it creative license.

I hope you'll be inspired to try this technique, I think you'll find it opens up a whole world of possibilities! There's a "companion" post on my own blog with examples, tips and tricks for using and printing with inkjet transparencies, and some ideas for substitutions.

Check out the index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts!

Daily Paper Prompt #62: Random Act of Art {Mary}

Mary of Uncustomary has devised DPP #62. 


Sometimes you’re having a bad day (or week) and you experience something that restores your faith in humanity. Wouldn’t you love to be that restoration for another person? You can! Every day is an opportunity for you to practice kindness in your life. It's one thing to do nice things for the people you love and see often, but what about everyone else in your community? You all share something in common, whether it's a job, status, or neighborhood. Reach out, make an effort, and brighten someone's day!

A star made out of washi tape that was left in Federal Hill Park, a place with one of the best views in Baltimore. Hang paper ornaments from trees, door knobs, or fences!

One way that you can try to do this is by making things that you leave around your city, AKA Art Abandonment. There are many ways to do this with paper! You can write down song recommendations on index cards, fill note cards with nice messages, or decorate a small poster with an inspiring quote.

Today, make something that you can leave in public.

 Ideas of places to leave your art: public bathrooms, inside a magazine at a bookstore, taped to a pole, inside of a free newspaper receptacle, on a bench, tacked to a bulletin board, etc. (Don’t forget to consider the weight of your art and elemental factors like wind!)

One of 24 "Clues For Living Life" cards that were scattered around Baltimore City with ideas, suggestions, and things I've learned about living [original post]. Think of a theme to create a series with and leave them all over the same way you would with an Easter Egg Hunt.

I've done over a hundred guerrilla art installations in my city, and many of them have been based in random acts of kindness. Often, I will leave my card with the things I leave around, and sometimes I receive e-mails from people thanking me for making their day. One woman even wrote me to tell me that my note had inspired her to keep her job as an artist, which she had almost decided against after her studio burnt down! I feel that I have been gifted a very positive disposition in this life, and it's my mission to share that with the world. My main goal on this earth is to experience joy and then share it with as many people as possible. I hope you'll party with me today and always.

A big sparkly valentine (good for any time of year) that was left in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Valentine's Day [original post]/ tape up your fun shapes to any flat surface like bus stop shelters, maps, or abandoned building.

Just create something that you'd be happy to find, then leave it for a stranger to find!

It's that simple!

There's now an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.

Daily Paper Prompt #61: Create to the Rhythm of the Music

Our guest hostess is Marit Barentsen! You can find Marit blogging at Marit's Paper World, creating mixed media artwork or orchestrating behind-the-scenes as the editor of Featuring Magazine. I've linked to Issue #4 because you'll find my article on creativity tucked inside!!!

Take a sheet of paper and a tool to your preference (pencil, marker, crayon(s) or paint and a brush/palet knife. Turn on the radio (or have someone put on music without you knowing which song it will be). It can be all kinds of music – lyrics are not important so classical music can be used as well. Close your eyes and be surprised by the sound. Move your pen over the paper to the rhythm of the music. Then look what shapes / rhythms you put on the paper and work from there.

The basic I created with a paint and palet knife while listening to Mr. Probz - "Waves" {links to YouTube}


Final art piece created from the original background {above}.


Another example - the basic was made using a black marker while listening to Herman Brood - "Saturday Night" {links to YouTube}. A tutorial on how this work came about can be found on Marit's blog!

There's an index to all of the Daily Paper Prompts.