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    Issue #11 of the Daisy Yellow Zine
    Index Card-a-Day runs through July 31st!
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    Daily Paper Prompt #9: Games


    Draw a game board or create an art journal page inspired by a board game or card game. This index card is a mix of backgammon and Clue. Consider the patterns on the game board, the rules, the norms, the things people say when they play. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

    Ideas: chess, backgammon, parchesi, ouji, risk, monopoly, mah jong, poker.

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #8: Faded


    3x5" index cards, neocolor IIs, gellyroll

    3x5" index card, watercolors 

    Start with a manilla folder, index card or cut a sheet of watercolor paper into 4 pieces.

    The goal is to get this page to look faded. Draw a pattern with caran d'ache neocolor II watersoluble wax crayons, watersoluble crayons or watersoluble colored pencils. Lean the card against something upright that is protected from the water and use a spray bottle to spray water at the paper. Let the water drip down and dissolve and thus fade the color.

    You can also try this with heavy body or fluid acrylics but work fast as acrylics dry quickly. Paint stripes with your fingers, immediately spray the paint and let the water and paint drip down. You'll get an interesting color fade and dreamy drips. Another option {example #3 above} is to dip a brush in water and get just a touch of watercolor paint and then paint the faintest of color on your paper. 

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #7: Leftovers

    Today's prompt is to use the leftover paint from an art journal page or painting to create abstract art, or photograph the leftovers or the paper that protects your table while you work.

    watercolor and gouache on the watercolor paper that protects my table


    This is a 3x5" index card with diluted heavy body acrylics that had dripped down a canvas, onto a plastic dropcloth, and then pressed onto the index card. The watery painty drips created a translucent effect.

    You can grab the drips of another project, press your paper onto a wet journal page, clean your brush or brayer on a new page and use that for journal fodder on a future page. It's a never-ending circle of paint!

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #6: Certification


    3x5" index card, slicci pens

    This is my official doodle certificate. I am 100% certain that you don't have to go to a workshop, take a class, be certified by a Fancy Institution to doodle well. Your doodles don't have to be called any fancy names. You do not need a degree in doodling, an art degree or an olympic doodling coach.


    Make yourself a certificate for something you know how to do!

    Certify yourself for anything you wish!

    Disney World kid tracker.

    Index card artist.

    Beach glass collector.

    Ipod playlist maker.

    Led Zeppelin listener.

    Rainbow painter.

    Long Live Free-Range Organic Doodling!

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #5: Linear

    Draw something with mostly straight lines, as if you were using an etch-a-sketch toy. This is my 12 yr old daughter's etchy creation.


    A mandala with a square theme.

    Linear doodles.

    A maze.

    A grid-inspired art journal page.

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #4: Flowers

    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
    Henry David Thoreau


    gelly roll and watercolors

    slicci pen and watercolors

    Draw flowers in ink. Add color with watercolor, colored pencils or markers. Use flowers to "climb" the edges of an art journal page. Or draw huge flowers that you can write on or cut out and place on yet another page.

    Or cut out flowers and glue or stitch to your page.

    Or paint flowers.

    Today's prompt is to draw, cut, stitch or paint flowers.

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #3: Drips

    “I was on the verge of something numinous and profound and in one more second the universe was going to crack open and arcana would rain down on my head like grace and all the cosmic mysteries were going to be revealed.”
    Kate Atkinson

    3x5" index card, airbrush acrylics and fluid acrylics thinned with water, drips from top and sides at random


    manilla folder, fluid acrylics, spritz of water

    3x5" index cards, airbrush acrylics, drips from the top, then drips from the side

    3x5" index card, airbrush acrylics, drips from the top, then drips from the side, one spritz with water

    Art journal page. The background was painted with with orange + yellow + black fluid acrylics. Added drips of white fluid acrylics from the left side while holding the book from the left side facing sideways. Wrote words on top of the lines when the paint was fully dry.

    I painted these index cards with heavy body acrylic paint and then dripped paint from the top. Hours later, when the paint was fully dry, I wrote Jackson Browne lyrics on the "lines" made by the drips.

    The prompt is to use drips on your page. You can use fluid acrylics, airbrush acrylics or fluid acrylics thinned with water. Drip paint on the side of your paper or manilla folder and let it roll down. Then drip paint on the adjacent side of the paper and let it roll down. This creates a messy grid. If you spritz with water while the paint is wet, just one little spritz, you get a tie dye effect. 

    There are lots of options for this technique. You could use the grid for an art journal background, write on the dripped lines, doodle in the boxes. Try cutting into book marks or collage fodder.

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #2: Windows

    “Nourish your eye and spirit with inspiring things.
    They will bloom with your tending.”


    The prompt today is to cut a window in paper. 

    Using an x-acto knife against a fabric cutting board, cut a window in an index card or cardstock. If you have a rotating blade, try curves or waves. Place the window on top of various backgrounds to see what you like best behind your window. Experiment with paint or pattern on the "frame" and on the area behind the frame. Or cut a window in one page of your journal to see through to the next page. 

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Daily Paper Prompt #1: Paint a Rainbow

    "A Gift for You. A cottage retreat on a hill in Ireland. This cottage is filled with fresh flowers, art supplies, and a double-wide chaise lounge in front of a wood-burning fireplace. There is a cabinet near the front door, where your favorite meals appear, several times a day. Desserts are plentiful and calorie free. The closet is stocked with colorful robes and pajamas, and a painting in the bedroom slides aside to reveal a plasma television screen with every movie you've ever wanted to watch. A wooden mailbox at the end of the lane is filled daily with beguiling invitations to tea parties, horse-and-carriage rides, theatrical performances, and violin concerts. There is no obligation or need to respond. You sleep deeply and peacefully each night, and feel profoundly healthy. This cottage is yours to return to at any time."

    3x5" index card, heavy body acrylics, fluid acrylics

    Paint the page a rainbow of colors. Paint with watercolors, heavy body acrylics or fluid acrylics. Draw a rainbow with Neocolor II wax crayons or water soluble colored pencils and "paint" with water to dissolve. A rainbow could be a stripe of each color of the rainbow in one medium, concentric circles or several rainbows intertwined.

    What's the Daily Paper Prompt?


    Index-Card-A-Day 2013: The Collection

    Time to photograph your index cards!

    ♥ Celebrate ♥ 

    How did you collect your 61 index cards?


    jump ring

    retro recipe box

    shoe box

    messy stack on your desk

    kitchen counter

    backpack or purse

    zip-lock bag

    handmade decoupaged box

    100% archival box

    metal tin

    17 dymo-labeled wooden cigar boxes

    No matter HOW you opted to gather your cards... it is undoubtedly the right time to SHARE the STACK. The COLLECTION. The AWESOMENESS. Time to PARTY, to CELEBRATE, to SHOW your work. 

    Please share a link to your "collection" and leave a comment to let everyone know how you've gathered your cards. And let us know your "next" step for August. That might be continuing with the Daily Paper Prompts, learning to knit, trying gelatin printing and beyond. 


    Index-Card-A-Day 2013 #61

    "Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream."

    3x5" index card

    digitally colored version

    All of my Index Cards!

    This is it! The last day of ICAD 2013. Time to post any card from the final days of the challenge {cards #57 - #61}. TOMORROW we will have a celebratory sharing of photographs of your collection of index cards... so go photograph your stack.

    Check out the ICAD FAQ.

    Add an image of an index card that you created in the past week and a link to a post at your blog, a photo in your flickr photostream, etc. Links to your home page will be deleted.

    I am committed to keeping ICAD free, so that anyone who wants to participate can do so. I hope that your ideas for creativity in the months ahead are soaring!!! I hope that you had a blast sharing your work, learning techniques, pushing the edges of your comfort zone and creating for two solid months.

    If you found value in the challenge please consider a small contribution to my coffee fund using the nifty orange button on the right, under the Bloglovin' button. Several of you have already made a contribution!!! I appreciate your positivity and generosity and comments and positive feedback.

    It is the beginning. Please go create.

    Promise you will never stop, OK?


    On August 1 we start working on Daily Paper Prompts!


    ICAD Kids: #21 - 40 Part E

    The final, final, final update for ICAD for my kids. These are the rest of the cards of my 13 1/2 year old daughter! I adore her mandala art, and we always get a kick out of her brain teasers and silly cards. 

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