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    Tangent № 3: Accordion Books

    We continue our fresh, shiny new Art Journal Tangents & Tactics Series by creating a fun folded book from a manila folder. To learn about how the series works, see the introduction!

    There are TWO videos for this Tangent. In the first, I share a bunch of the accordion books I have created over the years. In the second video, I show you how to create an accordion book of your own!

    Video #1: Watch the video below or pop over to Vimeo to watch. {4 minutes}

    Video #2: Watch the video below or pop over to Vimeo to watch. {11 minutes}

    Materials: Manila folder, paper ephemera, magazine clippings, found text, adhesive, scissors, neocolor I or II wax crayons. Optional materials include a stencil, a thin brush and heavy body acrylic paint.

    Support free stuff!

    Maybe that sounds kooky, but developing all of this *free* stuff isn't really free for me in terms of time & energy. So if you are finding value in this series, if it sparks YOUR creative mind, contributions to the TIP JAR are appreciated. The tip jar is at the top right side of the blog. Reader support will drive future video tutorials for this series. 

    Here's another accordion book, this one to house textured index cards. 

    Link-Love for Tangent № 03: Accordion Book

    When you create your own accordion book for Tangent № 03, pop back to this post and 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.


    Grungy Flowery Grid

    I'm doing a guest post at Robin Mead's blog today! There's a video tutorial where I share how to create this page of flowery grungy flowers on a sea of blue acrylic paint.

    If you want to try this technique, grab your heavy body acrylic paint and a stack of magazines and go on a treasure hunt for a variety of flowery images, or any theme you wish. 



    “Please, don't worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day... make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular.” ~ Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society

    I hope that this will be the turning point, that we may see an abundance of help and acceptance for those going through depression. Robin Williams made the world more funny and sparkly and interesting. He made us laugh and cry all at once. 


    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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