The 7th annual challenge
starts June 1, 2017

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 need to be an artist to participate. Instead, 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. And it's not a competition - it's about creative play and experimentation - about trying new things and seeing what happens. It is about working in a small format with a small daily commitment to yourself, to your creative work. What will you discover? 

Thousands of creative people like YOU 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. 

ICAD FAQ: Frequently Asked 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. All sorts of good stuff awaits. The handy FAQ helps answer all of your questions!


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. 

Index-Card-a-Day Kick-Start Guide

Insights, strategies and details to motivate and support you during the annual ICAD Challenge. This Kick-Start Zine is filled with actionable ideas and insights gleaned by creating 1000s of index cards and facilitating this intense challenge for six years. A colorful, idea-filled, 25 page ebook.

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101+ Ideas for Index Card arT

The Index Card Idea Zine is filled with 101+ index cards & examples from my collection of handmade 3x5" index card artwork. Each card includes a brief description and the mediums utilized. Use the imagery as launching points for your own small format work. A colorful, idea-filled, 28 page ebook.

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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!

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.