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Today's special guest is Cheryl Gee. I met Cheryl when she took The Museum of Simple Things workshop at Daisy Yellow last summer. Here's Cheryl's index card creation for your inspiration.
3x5 index card, teal blue paper from journal fodder, white card stock, plastic letter stencil, plastic card with round corners for tracing, ruler, ultra thin black Sharpie, colored pencils, glue stick and scissors
In Cheryl's words... Last summer I was facing a couple of months away from teaching and I craved a creative outlet. I Googled "best art blogs" and found Daisy Yellow art blog. The day I visited the blog I read about Index Card a Day and Museum of Simple Things. I joined both because I always wanted to learn how to draw and paint in order to enhance my already fantastic paper collages. I've learned so much about art at Daisy Yellow, and am very excited for another summer of Index Card a Day. Being in the ICAD Flickr group is inspiring because you get to see how other artists respond to the prompts for each day as well as share your own work.
3x5" index card, fabric, gelatin prints, colored pencil doodles, found poetry
Read more about this card, and about perfectionism in If You Want Perfect Work, Get in Line.
A reality check. 31/61 = 50.8%
For those who wish to create 61 cards and explore this tiny format to the fullest, time to regroup.
Where do you want to go in the next 31 days?
What experiments do you want to try?
Do you want to follow the prompts? The themes?
Start a fresh theme. Continue a theme.
Journal about what you've learned or experienced.
Let's talk about those cards.
What do you fear? Acrylics? Watercolor? Neutrals? Drawing with a calligraphy pen? Your own handwriting? Face it on the tiny card.
What techniques have you *not* explored? Cutting paper? Stamping with hand-carved eraser stamps? Embroidering stitches into the card? Draw a c
What mediums could you mix together? Ink and thread! Acrylics + fabric!
Not everyone will finish the challenge.
Often it's a matter of life priorities or loss of interest in the challenge.
No worries about that. Not a failure, just a change of plans.
Start thinking beyond index-card-a-day.
What work have you created on an index card that you would like to try on a larger canvas?
What have you learned about fear? Perfectionism?
How has your approach to the blank page changed?
How has your art journaling style changed?
Can you incorporate index cards in your larger artwork?
index cards #30 and #31
I stitched these cards about a month ago and now I've added doodles to each individual section.
Posting these girls together instead of one-a-day.
Because there are no rules not very many rules, right?
Our guest today is Natasha of Natasha White Designs. Natasha shares a delicious tutorial for weaving papers.
Luminous paper weaving
Glassine paper is so glorious and luminous to use, it is a bit like coloured resin paper. I used rice paper for this, but you could use any paper, though the degree of transparency and luminosity will change with the paper you use. I coated one side of the rice paper with Golden Polymer Gloss Medium. You could use any sort of varnish medium for this. When that is dry, coat the other side. It may wrinkle up slightly with this, and that is all okay.
When that is dry decide what side you will paint on (I had a smooth side and another side with more tooth) and spray some water on the sheet and add some paint. I chose colours that I liked and knew would not produce mud if they mixed together.
I spread those colours around roughly and then smooshed another prepared piece of paper on top.
I let those papers dry. The pictures do not show the luminosity in real life, they are beautiful papers to work with.
I tore some rough strips in different sizes for one card and cut some other strips the same size.
I lined up the first layer of cards and put tape at the top to hold them together. I began weaving the other strips into the paper.
I then came up with a pattern and design that pleased me.
Then I glued it down and trimmed it.
I then went through the same process for the next card. When paper weaving your options really are endless, the more you play the more ideas you seem to get.
Here are both the finished cards, with some found text.