Mixed media art journaling, tutorials, altered books, creative prompts, creativity and the index-card-a-day ICAD challenge.

The Status Update Post

The blog posts are running amok. There's a lot going on at Daisy Yellow and I am doing a lot of art! I wanted to capture what I'm doing. Kinda like a balance sheet in accounting rather than an income statement. A "snapshot" in time.

Acrylics on canvas are full of wonder for me. They are magical. I'd started painting and collaging on canvas at the beginning of 2012 with several canvases and wood board. I took Flora Bowley's Bloom True e-Workshop and started a bunch more canvases. I finished Path and am happily almost finished with Witchcraft and Escape and continue to add to the other canvases when I have time and space. It's the kind of painting I could do for hours upon hours, without breaks, and be joyfully immersed the entire time. I'm frustrated almost to tears by my lack of space to paint in this way. I have to control the drips, the spray, the paint so as to not ruin my breakfast room. 

Journal Prompt Cards are 97% 100% ready to go! I have been developing a set of journal prompts since late 2010 and I am so, so happy with them. I'll start taking orders as soon as next week. My daughters and I spread out all of the cards on the dining room table and discussed how to package and share these cards with the world, such an interesting discussion - how many to package per set, whether to name the sets, how to price the sets, how to create origami envelopes to hold the cards. These are tangible and important for any business endeavor. I've developed over 50 unique prompt cards, each with multiple, fully combinable prompts. Each card can be used to create over 100 unique prompts to spark your pages.

The Daily Paper Prompt {DPP} is a new series of prompts for each day in August. The purpose is to keep that creative inertia started in the index-card-a-day challenge flowing! The prompts will work with any size of paper, from index card to post card to manilla folder to small or large journal page. These will be posted in the Daily Prompt {formerly ICAD} section of Daisy Yellow

Interviews are in the works with several amazing creative people. I've been blogging since mid-2008 and these will be the first interviews on the blog. Very exciting and fresh. Interview #1 is August 1, and that's Marit Barentsten!

Map-inspired doodles are developing in my 5x8" sketch moleskine. They grow little by little every few days.

I did a podcast interview with Ricë Freeman-Zachary and there will be another podcast coming soon!

The index-card-a-day challenge. We're on index card #49, if you want to update your scorecard. There's a weekly link love where participants can add a link to their latest cards. While the challenge officially ends July 31 {a total of 61 cards} you are free to start when you wish and post your cards to the Daisy Yellow Flickr Group for ICAD. Just request to join and if you have an active flickr photostream I'll approve.

The Wednesday Random Color Prompt is a photo representing a color palette that you can use to spark any sort of creativity, even your fruit salad. The prompts are tagged color.

The Every Day Matters drawing challenge is an on-going festival of drawing fun. I'll be drawing the prompts in order and they are tagged edm challenge if you want to see them all. Here's the post where I get started. I'm drawing these in the 5x8" watercolor moleskine with slicci pen, gelly roll and pitt pen. I hope you'll join too and learn with me. I might watercolor some of the EDM drawings.

Issue #5 of the Daisy Yellow Zine is on sale now. The Zines include articles and materials not posted at Daisy Yellow, including lots of Kick-Start Art Journal Prompts and ideas for creative fun. Issue #6 is currently in bloom; hoping to publish in late August.

Journal pages are flourishing in my altered book turned art journal called The Noticing Journal. Lots and lots of pages still to share.

Hanna and I did a handmade journal swap! We are adding words to our little journals and we will be sharing with you soon.

The 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap continues, and that technically means 6-7 pages of doodles and whatever added to a journal each month, and then mailing if off to the next lucky journalist. See the creativity in the 12 Rhodia journals at the tumblr site for the swap.

The Friday No Frills Prompts return September 7. The prompts are aptly tagged no-frills-prompt and they start with a photo prompt and a word. Here's the introduction.

The Museum of Simple Things workshop participants are working through the activities and developing journal pages galore. We have 26 in the group this time, and it was wonderful! I am not sure if I will do an art journaling workshop in the fall. I need to really and truly focus for 2-3 weeks on development, and I don't know if that is in the cards.

So ahead, there will be more drawing, art journaling, painting, creative prompts, photo prompts and good fun. Stay tuned!