ICAD FAQ

The 2015 Challenge Starts June 1, 2015. This FAQ will be updated in March 2015.
While you are waiting, start the growing list of Prompt60 Prompts.

The Official List of Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to the 2015 Index-Card-A-Day Challenge

The challenge is about the DOING and not the KEEPING or PRESERVING or ARCHIVING. 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

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2015 Index-Card-a-Day
June 1 to July 31, 2015
Next challenge starts June 1, 2015.

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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}. 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.

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Over the years I've had many questions about doing the challenge on another substrate. For example, people have asked if they can cut watercolor paper to size, do digital index cards in photoshop, use vintage library cards, use glossy postcards, old B&W photographs, tourist postcards, gelatin prints etc. All of these would indeed make for 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. 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. The freedom to take chances in your creative work, and the constraint of very basic paper.

How does it work?

Each week I'll post a list of 100% optional prompts.
Each day, you create art on an index card.
Each day, I'll post an index card creation.

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. 

How can I prepare for the challenge?

You can definitely 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?

Should we prepare our index cards in advance?

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.

Are there any warm-up exercises?

Yes! As a matter of fact we do have warm-ups so that our creative muscles are in good shape when we start the challenge. The warm-ups are 100% OPTIONAL and can be done any time before the challenge starts, or even DURING the challenge if you need to get your mind in the mood to create. 

Creative Warm-Up Exercise #1
Creative Warm-Up Exercise #2
Creative Warm-Up Exercise #3
Creative Warm-Up Exercise #4
Creative Warm-Up Exercise #5

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 inpire 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. Paint it with acrylic paints. Drip india ink on it. Dye the card with espresso. Practice origami folds. Stitch it. Sketch on it. Doodle on it. Stamp it. Collage it. Or cut up the card and weave the pieces back together. 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?

http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/icad-faq.html

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.

When do you Post the Aforementioned Prompts?

Handy Posting Schedule {to be updated May 2015}

Optional Weekly Themes {to be updated May 2015}
Themes refer to the medium, color palette or technique.

Weeks 1 + 2 + 3
Weeks 4 + 5 + 6
Weeks 7 + 8 + 9

Optional Weekly Prompts {to be updated May 2015}
Prompts refer to the topic or content of your index cards. 

Week 1: June 1
Week 2: June 8
Week 3: June 15
Week 4: June 22
Week 5: June 28
Week 6: July 5
Week 7: July 12
Week 8: July 19
Week 9: July 26

Mediums? Themes?

Anything you want. Stitch, paint, draw, drip, stain, weave, fold, cut, collage, ink, acrylic, watercolor. You are limited only by your imagination. If you like series, you could do a series each week or every two weeks or every month. Like neocolors in week one, acrylics in week two, cartoons in week three. Totally up to you!

Is there a fancy badge for my blog?

Yes, get a 2014 ICAD badge for your blog sidebar. {new badge coming April 2015}

Where should we post our index cards?

We want to see all of your index cards! I will post my cards in two places: Facebook and Instagram.
Add your index cards to the Daisy Yellow ICAD Facebook Group. This group is only for index cards; you may also want to join the Daisy Yellow FB group to post your art journal pages and non-index-card-art.
Post to instagram with tag #icad2015
Add your index cards to the Daisy Yellow Flickr Group

Hashtags?

On twitter + instagram + tumblr + facebook --> #icad2015
On 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: ICAD went for 92 days in 2011, 61 days in 2012 + 2013 + 2014.

Each year, I create index cards along with everyone else and I post every single card to Daisy Yellow. So each day you can pop over for some inspiration. 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. 

I ask that you respect the huge amount of work that I have put into developing the challenge, supporting materials and prompts. 

Restrictions?

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.

What Can You Do With an Index Card?

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What can you do with an index card?

  • Design a quilt block
  • Draw at the beach
  • Write a list
  • Take notes at university
  • Draw a pattern
  • Make textures with acrylic paints
  • Make a collage
  • Stamp them with alphabet stamps
  • Write a haiku
  • Attach them to your journal with washi tape
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  • Test your inks
  • Do a blind contour drawing of your face
  • Make a map of an imaginary island
  • Collage into an art journal page
  • Draw a mandala
  • Cut into a stencil or mask
  • Draw teeny tiny designs
  • Paint a rainbow
  • Stitch or embroider around the edges
  • Draw little people
  • Design a word search or mini-crossword puzzle
  • Create a monogram or a logo
  • Sketch a facade
  • Practice your hand-lettering skills by writing quotes
  • Stamp with bubble wrap & acrylics
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  • Document moments of your vacation
  • Glamorize your word-of-the-year
  • Sketch whimsical faerie faces
  • Write the recipe for olive & rosemary mushroom quiche
  • Marble paint
  • Motivate yourself
  • Invent fonts
  • Use it as a bookmark
  • Recycle into an art journal page
  • Do a mind map or brainstorm

Daily Paper Prompt: The Index


"Go ahead into life, full-blooded, courageous and leap for the adventure. But you must do it soon—before the summer of your youth has cooled off into caution. You are magnificently charming—and you come like a torrent. But you will be spent on the futility of little things. You are not a watercolor. You are carved out of life—and there can be no petty hesitancies about you.”
Ruth Reichl

Official Index of Daily Paper Prompts

A series of 67 techniques-based creative prompts that can be worked at your own pace and interpreted on paper of any size, from index cards to full pages in your journal to loose pieces of cardboard. A little nudge to help you commit to a recurring creative "date" on the calendar of your life. It doesn't have to be a B-I-G decision in capital letters. It's just a tip of the hat, a nod, a wink. A bit of time every day for yourself. I suggest that you work the prompts in order ~ but ~ feel free to simply skip a prompt that you don't feel like doing, or a prompt where you don't have the materials. You can be as clever as you wish with your interpretation!

Disclaimer: The intention of these prompts is to learn, practice or otherwise interpret a variety of techniques that could then be components or lead to ideas for your artwork. The DPP might or might not wind up with a lovely finished work that you adore. Try to look at it as practice and exploration. Or art material testing. Playing with techniques or ideas.

DPP #1: Paint a Rainbow

DPP #2: Windows

DPP #3: Drips

DPP #4: Flowers

DPP #5: Linear

DPP #6: Certification

DPP #7: Leftovers

DPP #8: Faded

DPP #9: Games

DPP #10: Stitch Paper

DPP #11: Ogee Pattern

DPP #12: Round

DPP #13: Grid

DPP #14: Saturated Color 

DPP #15: Words

DPP #16: Dictionary Love {Gretchen Miller}

DPP #17: Chandelier

DPP #18: Create an Art Travel Kit

DPP #19: Mail Art

DPP #20: The Blues {Patricia Dattoma}

DPP #21: Stamp a Mandala

DPP #22: Mapping

DPP #23: Draw a Mandala

DPP #24: The Simple Plastic Card

DPP #25: Create Art Elsewhere

DPP #26: Artist Trading Cards

DPP #27: Slow Journaling

DPP #28: Nature Journaling

DPP #29: Swirly Writing

DPP #30: Creative Reading

DPP #31: Finishing

DPP #32: Invent-a-Font

DPP #33: Art Material Color Palettes

DPP #34: Puzzled

DPP #35: Documenting Markers, Pens & Pencils

DPP #36: Messing Around with Paint {Natasha White}

DPP #37: Block Letters

DPP #38: Color Grid {Hanna Andersson}

DPP #39: Paint Lines

DPP #40: Create a List

DPP #41: Scraping Paint

DPP #bonus: Haiku

DPP #42: Hand-Lettering {Teresa Robinson}

DPP #43: Brainstorm!

DPP #44: Acrylic Leaf Prints

DPP #45: The Sun

DPP #46: Stapled Collage {Lauren Bergold}

DPP #47: Stamping Circles

DPP #48: Ransom Note

DPP #49: Vogue

DPP #50: Negative Space {Jana Bodin}

DPP #51: Borders {Kim Hesson}

DPP #52: White Page

DPP #53: Triangles {Denyse Whelan}

DPP #54: Organize Emphemera

DPP #55: Patterns on a Grid {Anika Starmer}

DPP #56: Torn Paper Collage

DPP #57: One Word Journal Page

DPP #58: Hand-Carved Stamps {Gabriele}

DPP #59: Altered Maps

DPP #60: Monochromatic Collage

DPP #61: Create to the Rhythm of the Music {Marit Barentsen}

DPP #62: Random Act of Art {Mary}

DPP #63: Layering Inkjet Transparencies {Lauren}

DPP #64: Contour Drawings

DPP #ŝї✄тƴ-ḟḯ√ε: Wax Resist

DPP #㉒*⑶: Neocolor Love

DPP #⑹⑺: Paint-it-Black

That's a wrap! 67 prompts focused on sparking your creativity with art journaling and mixed media techniques. Pop over to the next series of prompts, Prompt60!!!

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

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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

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First drew with wax, then painted with gouache.

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

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First drew with wax, then painted with gouache.

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

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{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.