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    Stitched Texture Printing Escapades

    It's really and truly all about the process for me. And this was good messy fun.

    Printmaking experiments with surprising results....

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    Index-Card-a-Day Wrap-Up!

    A final note of THANK YOU to all of the folks that participated in the 2014 ICAD challenge! I hope that you will continue the trend and set aside a bit of time each day for art. It is so very important.

    Non-stop creative amazingness. 

    There is so much behind-the-scenes acrobatics and logistics involved in keeping the index-card-a-day challenge running smoothly each year. It's very intensive and sometimes I question my sanity in attempting to pull this off each summer! I have received so many thank-you notes and appreciate knowing that the challenge has made a difference in your life. I've answered about 75% of your notes, and will do my best to respond to every note. Knowing how you feel about the blog and the challenge help immensely {and keep me on track, headed forward}.

    My goal is to keep the challenge free.

    But a free challenge takes an abundance of work here at Daisy Yellow! If you find value at the blog, you can help support Daisy Yellow initiatives like the June & July Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, the Daily Paper Prompts {this link goes to the brand new index page for the 61 prompts, with a new introduction}, the August Art Journaling Tangents & Tactics series and the September Color Fun Challenge {details in a few days} by purchasing a Zine or Art Journal Prompt cards from my Etsy shop, or by contributing to my "tip jar" at the top right side of the blog.


    Orange Sherbet Kick-Start

    As I described earlier this month, I collect words and create prompt cards from those words. So I thought that you would like to see how you can use Daisy Yellow prompt cards as a kick-start for your art. 

    You might be curious about my little art journal prompt cards. So I created an index card using the Sepia card, which is {part of Pack #02}. Here's the play-by-play.

    I put the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 in random order 3-2-1-4-5.

    In the world of BINGO, that is ➸ B-3  I-2  N-1  G-4  O-5

    Prompt = Adverb + Edge + Orange Sherbet + Imaginary City + Doodles Galore

    I sat at the sewing machine with the prompt card to my left and keyed in on the "orange sherbet" color. I remembered that was my mother's favorite flavor and she used to eat her sherbet with pretzels! I liked the idea of orange sherbet as the start of a color palette and looked through my scraps-o-paper on a treasure hunt! The leaf-imprinted watercolor paper was in my paper stash from a project a few years ago. I started thinking along the lines of [orange sherbet] + green. The word [edge] inspired me to frame the leaf imprint with tiny papers. Next I asked DD14 to check through my basket of found words for an [adverb] and she found "responsibly" and "completely" {which was later covered up}... and "honestly" too. To comprehend the [imaginary city] I found my Tokyo metro maps and thought that I could interpret subways as imaginary cities. Or cities within cities. Cities underneath cities. Anyhow, I digress. So I included two little bits from metro maps as part of the framed edge. Little mappy bits. For [doodles galore] I could have drawn swirlies with a black permanent marker but instead found a bold, graphical zigzag pattern in my stash. 

    I created something unique and fun... what will you create with your prompt cards? Art journal prompt cards are available in my Etsy shop! 

    And there's a sale on Pack #109-112 {20 prompt cards} for $15, regularly $18. A perfect companion to Zine #11, which is on sale for $5. Sale ends August 15th!

    I wanted to share some customer comments!

    "Wow! These cards are super. The artwork is unique and vibrant. Love the quality of the cards and the little boxes that hold them."
    "Love these cards!! They are so beautiful & give me so much inspiration!!"

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    Tangent № 02: Cup Half Full

    “Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times—although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last blockon a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage. For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.” 
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    We continue our fresh, shiny new Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series with an exercise in painting and words for your art journal. To learn about how the series works, see the introduction!

    This tutorial is from the first workshop that I launched {Parquesito Creativo, winter 2011}! The film quality is more "grainy" than my current tutorials but I really like the concept and I hope you'll enjoy the technique nonetheless. The page in the tutorial {shown above} is on heavy watercolor paper.

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    The Daily Paper Prompts: 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 61 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.

    NEW PROMPTS EN ROUTE! We're going beyond 61, folks!!!

    DPP #1: Paint a Rainbow

    DPP #2: Windows

    DPP #3: Drips


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    Link Love - Tangent #1, Starburst

    “What draws people to be friends
    is that they see the same truth.
    They share it.”
    C.S. Lewis

    If you have you tried Tangent № 01: Starburst {link to the tutorial}, share your work in the link-love below! You can link to a specific blog post {please, not your home page} or a specific photograph at flickr. If you are posting to instagram or twitter, you can use hashtag #dyajt.

    Link-Love for Tangent № 01: Starburst.



    What is Your Next Step?

    Taking the time and energy to add art to your day is an accomplishment! So whether you are continuing a lifelong art habit, sticking with your intention to make a fresh habit or rejuvinating a fading creative habit, go YOU.

    1. Collect a bunch of twigs, leaves & flowers from your garden and form a mandala or bring them inside to sketch. 
    2. Make a coffee date with a friend. Tell the friend about your art kick. Bring a little piece of art as a gift.
    3. Get a new art book {Ideas in Art Journaling 101}. 
    4. Reward yourself! Buy a bottle of india ink, a calligraphy nib, a moleskine journal or three new rolls of washi tape. 
    5. Photograph your art journal {not just the flat pages inside, but the edges the cover, the binding}. Photograph your stack of index card art! 
    6. Find a home for your newest batch of artwork. Hang it from an art wire across the room, pin it to a cork board, digitize and using as a desktop background, make a calendar. 
    7. Give away some of your art to friends. 
    8. If you are on a creative roll, keep going! Use the inertia. The momentum. 
    9. Make a journal page which includes a list of the experiments you'd like to try. 
    10. Would you like your next journal to be themed? 
    11. What small work would you like to try on a larger piece of paper or canvas? Or wood?
    12. What have you learned about fear? Perfectionism? How has your approach to the blank page changed? How has your art journaling style changed? 
    13. How could you incorporate index cards or small pieces of art like inchies/twinchies into your larger artwork? 
    14. Take a look and NOTICE what you have accomplished. 


    Twisted & Colorized Mandala

    5x8" moleskine journal, ink, gouache

    Color turned this twisted mandala into something bright and cheerful! I drew this mandala while at carpool back in May and wasn't thrilled with it. So a few weeks ago I decided to see if I could improve the mandala with color. This journal {5x8" moleskine sketch journal with manila folder-like paper} is great for drawing but not so great for paint, so I scrubbed the brush into the paper to get the color to "take" the gouache. And with color the mandala blossomed... now I love it! I so often leave my work in black & white, and I need to remember that color adds a bit of magic and suprise.

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