The 7th annual challenge starts June 1, 2017
while you are waiting
grab a journal or a stack of index cards and start
Prompt60 Prompts
Muse30 Prompts
Wonder31 Prompts

ICAD Frequently Asked Questions: ICAD FAQ

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

The handy dandy FAQ helps answer all of your questions! What size should you use? What's so magical about index cards? Plus you'll find the rules of the challenge and tips for success. And badges. And hashtags.

Thousands of creatives participate in the challenge each year. Challengers tell me that it is energizing and life altering. It will positively impact the way that you approach your daily creative practice. You can kick-start a daily practice, refurbish, refresh or just pump up the volume on the art you are already doing. Use ICAD to experiment in a new medium, make flash cards to learn a language, draw cartoons about kangaroos, explore a theme, write 61 pieces of found poetry or play with mixed media collage. The options are literally never-ending. 


101+ Ideas for Index Card art

The Index Card Idea Zine is a is a 28 page downloadable ebook with imagery & examples from my collection of handmade 3x5" index card artwork. A brief description of each card and unique, actionable ideas for index card artwork. 


Index-Card-a-Day Kick-Start Guide

The Kick-Start Guide is a 25 page downloadable ebook with index card art, insights and actionable ideas to motivate and support you during the annual ICAD Challenge. A perfect companion to the Index Card Idea Zine. 



An index to the annual challenge; serves as a table of contents and includes the weekly prompts, weekly themes and reference links. This index will be updated in 2017 as the next challenge approaches. 


What Can You Do With an Index Card?

You can do almost any sort of art with an index card. Draw detailed patterns, paint with acrylics, make mixed media collages, outline for the next chapter of your novel, collect found poetry, do a blind contour self-portrait, practice brush-lettering with india ink and much more!

Ideas for Gathering & celebrating Your Collection

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.