8th Annual ICAD Challenge
June 1-July 31, 2018
2018 Challenge Homebase
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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? I bet you can.
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?
Yearning for inky fingers, overflowing stacks of art & collage chaos?
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.
Creative challenges can be
If you aren't doing creative work on a regular basis, you can use the challenge to kick-start a daily practice. If your once-beloved art time has disintegrated, you can use the challenge to get back into the groove. Already a wickedly busy artist? Leverage the energy of the challenge to refresh + 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.
The Official ICAD FAQ
What size should you use? What's so magical about index cards? Find find the simple rules of the challenge, tips for success, badges, hashtags & more.
The handy FAQ answers all of your questions!
2017 Challenge Index
The index serves as a dynamic table of contents as the challenge rolls out each year, it is updated with links to weekly prompts, weekly themes & reference information. A new index will be published at the start of the next challenge year.
2017 Index + Prompts
What Can You Do With an Index Card?
Draw detailed patterns! Paint with acrylics! Make mixed media collages! Outline the next chapter of your novel! Glue down found poetry! Do a blind contour self-portrait! Practice brush-lettering with turquoise india ink!
50 Ideas for Creating on Index Cards
ICAD Guest Posts
ICAD Heirloom Digital Badges
Thoughts About Creative Prompts
The subject of creative prompts is something near and dear to my heart.
I believe that they can change how we approach our creative practice.
Read my very geeky in-depth thoughts about prompts.
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.
Answers to your questions
If you have a question, I've developed an array of free self-serve information!!! During the challenge, 🌈 it's busy here at ICAD Headquarters and although I try to respond to all of your questions, I'm sure I miss a bunch! Please check the FAQ and the 2017 Index and I bet you'll find the answer!
You can also use the contact form!