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    ICAD 2014 #6

    “Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    3x5" index card, found text, painted papers, fabric, ephemera, stitched, text typed by my daughter


    ICAD 2014 #5

    "This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale."
    Nikos Kazantzakis

    3x5" index card divider, gouache

    Another with wax resist; this one reminds me of a map.


    ICAD 2014 Kids Batch #2

    Kids #2 means the "second" batch of kid-created-index-cards for 2014. 

    DD14's #3

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    ICAD 2014 Guest: Quinn

    A warm welcome to Quinn, our first guest artist of the 2014 challenge. Quinn explores shapes and textures on an index card!

    Why this? I’m exploring visual literacy right now—on how we see and interpret shapes, colors and lines. You see the simple shapes--rectangle, circle, triangle and a square-- it’s easy to read it as LOVE. The colors don’t matter—I chose different, bright colors. We see letters in shapes, particularly if we have seen the word many times. LOVE is unique because of the letter arrangement, and because the V is interpreted as an upside down triangle more slowly than as a V. I tried other words, less known ones, and it doesn’t work as well. When I showed the card to Kent, he saw “love” but not the others. I tried “Book” (the rectangle served for both the B and the K, so it might have been Tool, Fool, Look, Took as well. 

    What kind of paper is that? Gelliprint on blank index card, then Gelliprint on 90-lb sketch paper cut out and glued to index card.

    Paint? Acrylic paints. 

    Quinn shares the story behind this LOVE index card.


    ICAD 2014 #4

    “It was June, and the world smelled of roses.
    The sunshine was like powdered gold
    over the grassy hillside.”
    Maud Hart Lovelace

    3x5" index card divider, gouache

    Playing here with wax, the kind they sell with the canning supplies. I just "drew" with wax and then painted on top, the pretzel was quite a surprise!


    ICAD 2014 #3

    “Anything is better than stagnation.”
    Arthur Conan Doyle

    3x5" index card divider, ink, gouache

    Numero the 3rd one.


    ICAD 2014 Kids #1

    DD12's first two cards of the season. "The first cards in a series about fashion model Pepper Otlemiarz. They are collectible 'Fame for Fans Cards' that are found in magazines." #1: The Beautifullest Being. #2: Watergown.

    DD14's first card for the challenge, typed on a manual typewriter. 

    DD14's ICAD #2, gelly rolls and sharpie markers

    My daughters' first two cards for the challenge!


    ICAD 2014 #2

    “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    3x5" index card divider, gouache

    Card Numero Dos for ICAD 2014.


    ICAD 2014 #1 and Link Love

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson


    3x5" index card, ink, neocolors

    A rainbowy, inky, sunshiny card to say thank you for joining me in this super crazy challenge. 

    I'm working behind-the-scenes to keep things flowing smoothly. There were a lot of questions about the logistics and the prompts, so I added the ICAD Schedule and About Those Creative Prompts.

    The Facebook group for the challenge is dynamic! We have about 600 members in the DY ICAD group and about 2,300 in the year-round DY group. I want to thank Patricia at Magenta Matters for her abundant help in moderating the Daisy Yellow groups at FB. 

    Want to get involved? Learn absolutely everything you need to know about the index-card-a-day challenge iin the ICAD FAQ and get started with YOUR index card creations. Start where you are and get going. This challenge could literally change your life. 

    The idea is to open up a space in your day for creative play-time. You are welcome to frame the work for the 60+ days ahead as a CREATIVITY CHALLENGE. It is not a competition. There is no official award ceremony, although we do photograph our STACK-O-CARDS at the end and celebrate in our own geeky ICAD way. 

    There will be just a few link-loves for index-card-a-day this year, because I am noticing that fewer folks are into link-love endeavors. This particular link-love is for ICAD #1. Add a link to a web page with ICAD #1... you could link to the flickr page where the card resides, to a blog post containing the card, etc. Links that do not go specifically to the photograph, or a blog post with the photograph, are deleted. My apologies in advance but I cannot do tech support for the link-love. This is an external service and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. 


    About those Creative Prompts

    We each have a stack of cards and must make a choice each day as to {what on earth} to do! Or to do anything at all. The reality is that it is all about choices. If you want to instill a daily creative habit, or nurture an every-third-Tuesday creative habit, or permanentalize {just invented that one} an existing creative habit... you must choose to create.

    That's where prompts enter the picture! I would love for the prompts to be used literally, figuratively, specifically, sarcastically, intelligently, paradoxically, ridiculously, logically, magically or any other adverbish manner. You can use the English words or any translation thereof.

    Let's face it. Some people are promptish people and some are not!

    • Some like topical prompts {subjects, focus}.
    • Some like thematic prompts {themes, mediums, materials, techniques, over-arching ideas}.
    • Some don't like prompts.
    • Some feel constrained by a prompt.
    • Some feel like a prompt gives them a goal.
    • Some use a prompt as a creative spark that leads to an idea that looks nothing like the prompt.
    • Some intertwine the prompts in a creative way.
    • Many folks ignore prompts completely. 
    • Some prefer to devise prompts for others {that's me}. 

    The prompts are a smorgasbord of creative ideas. 

    Do whatever you wish with the prompts. Starting points. You can take what interests you and nibble on items from your plate over the course of the week. The prompts might launch an idea for a card. Or a page in your art journal. If you are creating, that's a good thing!

    What if the prompt doesn't resonate with you?

    So let's take an example of a prompt that might not speak to you. Let's say the prompt is "Harry Potter" but you aren't into HP. You can use a prompt as a launching point for almost anything. Allow your mind to follow the bouncing ball {or the magic wand}. You don't need to have read Harry Potter to follow a Harry Potter prompt. Time to put on your creative thinking cap. Look at the prompt/word/phrase from different angles or perspectives. It you are stumped, look in wikipedia, a dictionary, a thesaurus, etc. for a launching point that has something to do with the prompt. For Harry Potter, look at the book cover and the blurb about the book at Goodreads or Amazon and move in the direction of magic, wizards, wands or even a big pair of geeky glasses.

    Do you love creative prompts?

    There are a gazillion here at Daisy Yellow. There are prompts in all of the Daisy Yellow Zines. Plus the 61 Daily Paper Prompts. There are even Creative Prompt Cards to use in your art journaling practice. 


    ICAD 2014: Week #1 Prompts


    100% Optional Topical Prompts for Week #1 of the 2014 Index-Card-a-Day Challenge!!!

    These topical prompts might be used to inspire the subject matter for your card. So if "circus tent" sparks an idea for a primary color palette for your card about zebras or maple leaves.... so be it. The idea is to have FUN not to worry about whether the prompt matches your card. It is OK to use the prompts, and is OK to NOT use the prompts. Some folks are prompty people and some are not. 

    These are simple one word or phrase prompts that can be used literally, figuratively, specifically, sarcastically, ridiculously, logically, magically or any other adverbish manner. You can use the English words or any translation thereof.

    A little more insight into the prompts.



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    ICAD 2014: Weekly Themes 1-2-3

    100% Optional Weekly Themes Weeks #1, #2, #3 of the 2014 Index-Card-a-Day Challenge!!!

    These thematic prompts might be used to inspire the materials or techniques used to create your card.

    Week one... text! I shared some examples that revolve around the use of text in art. So that might mean using the corny text from a greeting card in a collage, writing haiku using found text glued to an index card, typing a definition on an index card, drawing graffiti-esque grungy words, drawing block letters. It's up to Y-O-U because it's your challenge!

    Week two... collage! Anything goes in terms of collage. Glue stuff to your card! 

    Week three... maps! Draw maps, use maps in a collage, draw map-like doodles, map your kitchen or garden. Be on the lookout for maps at museums, the metro station, the national park...

    A little more insight into the prompts.

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