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    Daily Paper Prompt {Intro}

    Welcome to the Daily Paper Prompt, a series of 61 techniques-based creative prompts. Work at your own pace. Each prompt can be interpreted on paper of any size.

    ➸➸ If you participated in the index-card-a-day challenge, your daily creative habit has been cemented and is part of your life. Part of most days. You are proactively making the choice to take some time each day to do art. You've pvoven to yourself that you CAN have creative fun with a tiny canvas. The decision to keep going. Or at least the decision to NOT stop! You are already in the flow. Trust me. It is easier to KEEP GOING than to stop and then start again a month or a year from now. The creative inertia is in your favor!!!

    ➸➸ If you did not participate in index-card-a-day, this is a PERFECT way to jump-start your creativity. To decide that you DO want an on-going creative space in your life. It doesn't have to be a BIG decision in capital letters. It's just a tip of the hat, a nod, a wink. A bit of time every day for yourself. It is easiest to start small.

    "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

    postcard made for Hanna's 2012 postcard swap 

    You can work the DPPs in a small format like a 3x5" or 4x6" index card, work in a journal, work on full sheets of watercolor paper. No rules, remember? OK well there are a few rules. I ask that you work the DPPs in order. You can SKIP a DPP if you don't have the materials or the interest in a particular prompt. Just go to the next one.  You can go BACK and do one you skipped but please don't JUMP forward.

    The intention of the Daily Paper Prompt is to help you add creativity to your day with the nudge provided by a simple prompt. The prompts will work for any size of paper - index card, index card divider, post card, 5x8" moleskine, full page, watercolor paper, probably even a cereal box. Take the prompt and do whatever you wish. Interpret LITERALLY, figuratively, mysteriously, logically, chaotically, neatly. 

    What materials will you need? I've tried to use a core set of art materials. Helpful materials include fluid or heavy body acrylics, Sakura gelly roll pens, colored pencils, watercolor paper, index cards, watercolors, a brush, etc.

    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}

    To allow some creativity into your day, no matter what the medium or the pace or the project. It feels wonderful to do something creative each day. It does. It tips the balance in your days to happiness.



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    Reader Comments (21)

    This makes me so happy! I love the daily creativity, but I also really enjoy the community. Thanks for initiating this :)

    07.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJodi Jones

    How exciting!!

    07.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

    YES! I'll look forward to these. I am 10 cards behind on ICAD but your daily motivational talk is keeping me moving, thanks!!

    07.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshton Elaine

    Likewise I'm so happy! Thank you Tammy!!

    07.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

    Ooh, I like the sound of this! I was quite bereft when ICAD finished last year ;-)

    07.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViv

    Sounds like fun, Tammy! Your fount of inspiration never runs dry! :-)

    07.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

    This is so timely...I was thinking of trying the 3X5 card art as it travels easily. The Daily Prompts will be just what I need! Coming across Daisy Yellow was meant to be and I am really looking forward to following along.
    Thank you so much.

    07.22.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

    Hi Tammy - I discovered your site recently and am inspired by all of your exuberant, contagious colorful energy. Thank you!
    I missed out on this round of ICAD but am jumping right into the DPP. You are a bright star in our Yes and Yay Universe!

    Smiles from here in Port Townsend, WA

    Thank you Tammy! I finished every index card which is an amazing feat for me to stick with something to the very end. Your inspiration has been the key! I intend to keep on keeping on!! Thank you again for everything.

    07.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

    Thank you so much for your time and inspiration. I will continue to express myself and find joy in what the others create and share. Count me in!

    07.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne B.

    This is such a great idea! I love how accessible you make art. I always feel like it's this big looming "thing" that must be done in my studio when I have hours of time. You make it look so easy to just whip things up every day. Thanks for this challenge and for the FB group--what fun to feel connected to other creative people! :)

    08.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

    Do we sign up anywhere.

    {Tammy}: Marlene, no need to sign up. Just like index-card-a-day. Just get started! Post at Flickr, the FB group, your blog, etc.

    07.31.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene

    I am so glad I did the ICAD's this year - and super happy to have DPP's to help keep me going!! Thank you so much, Tammy!

    08.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy C

    Woman, you are fierce.

    08.5.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    Starting your daily prompt. Love all the fb post from everyone

    09.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Parker

    Just what I was needing! Thank you!!

    09.13.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdebbie

    I am going to quit procrastinating and get started today. Needed something to do and this sounds great. Thank you for the ideas.

    05.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

    This sounds exciting. I am new to the ICAD and allthough I could not keep up daily I managed to do a couple of cards a day when I could. I intend to keep doing them until I have done the 60. I certainly got my creative side woken up and I am looking forward to doing DPP as well. This arty prompts of yours have been a big gift to me since I lost my mother recently and she would be happy to know I am going back to art that we both loved. Thank you for giving me something back.

    07.27.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

    O Tammy, how lucky I am that I found your blog half a year ago.
    I enyoyed the ICAD "work" every day and now I can continue foloowing all these prompts.
    Thank you very much.
    Nel (The Netherlands)

    07.29.2014 | Unregistered Commenternel wisse

    Wow, so glad I found this site. Will definitely continue on from ICAD to DPP. Just love my Play Date with paints etc. everyday.

    07.30.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

    This looks like a good jump over from ICAD.
    I am wondering though can we use stitch too.

    08.1.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Holland

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