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The 9th Annual ICAD Challenge
June 1-July 31, 2019


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Simple materials push you to think in new ways. The ICAD challenge is about doing a tiny creative project each day for 61 days. It's not an art challenge and you definitely do NOT need to be an artist to participate. Instead, it's a creative challenge 🌈 so please don't worry or strategize about the finished product, don't focus on composing or preserving or archiving or framing.

This is not an art competition.
It's a creative challenge.
Can you create something on
an index card every day
for 61 days?

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge


Get the {fresh} πŸ†•πŸ†•πŸ†• ICAD Creative Boost, to turbo-charge your challenge.
Here’s a Kick-Start Guide that I wrote just for new challengers.
52+ Repeatable Creative Ideas for Daily Art Projects

To help you reach the 61-goal, I am facilitating
a small, dedicated FB group to support you
over the course of the two month challenge.
[Sorry, registration for the FB group is closed.]

Creative challenges can be
powerful experiences.

Tackle something very un-you.
Leverage the positive energy of the community!
Collage text from travel brochures into 61 poems.
Make flash cards + learn 61 Polish phrases.
Take a tangent into a so-very-you path.
Diagram the plants in your garden.
The options are literally never-ending. Literally.
Find your groove.
Draw 61 faces.
Recycle your Betty Crocker recipes.
Pump up the volume!
Experiment in a new medium!
You can do whatever you wish.
Draw cartoons about kangaroos.
Use a different medium each week for 9 weeks.

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge


What size should you use? What's so magical about index cards? Why not luscious watercolor paper? 
Find the simple rules, tips, badges, hashtags & more. 
The handy FAQ answers all of your questions!

2019 Challenge Index

The index serves as a dynamic table of contents; as the challenge rolls out
it is updated with links to weekly prompts, weekly themes & reference info.

Follow the Link to the prompts ‡️‡️‡️ themes & more!

Geeky thoughts About Creative Prompts

The subject of creative prompts is near and dear to my heart.
I believe that PROMPTS can change how we approach our creative practice.
Read my very geeky in-depth thoughts about prompts

What Can You Do With an Index Card?

50 Ideas for Creating on Index Cards
10+ Ideas for Using ICADs, ATCs & Small Format Art in Your Art Journal

ICAD Heirloom Digital Badges

Get a badge for FB, instagram, twitter, or your blog!

Ideas for Collecting & Celebrating

When you get to the challenge finish line, it's time to celebrate your accomplishment and document your collection of tiny works. Photograph them, throw them up in the air, put a rotating collection up on your fridge, make a mobile, turn them into a journal. Lots more to say about this as we approach the end of the 2018 challenge. For now, visualize starting and sticking with the goal of one index card/day. You can do this. 

Guest Post archives

2017: Hanna
2016: Part One, Part Two, Part ThreePart Four
2015: Part One

Questions? Feedback?

I founded the ICAD Challenge in 2011 to inspire people to add creative work INTO the daily flow of life, to make it so darned normal that you keep going all year. There is a camaraderie and a collective energy, so positive, in knowing that you are doing art and other people around the globe are working on the same challenge. Challengers tell me that playing on a simple index card each day, building that daily creative rhythm, is energizing and life altering. It will positively impact the way that you approach your daily creative practice.

To help you find answers to questions about the annual ICAD Challenge, I've developed an array of free self-serve information.
Start by checking the ICAD FAQ + ICAD Index


Please know that mid-May forward it gets WILD around Daisy Yellow!
If you would like to get in touch, email me at tammy [dot] daisyyellow [at] gmail [dot] com
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I’m not able to keep up with all of them.