join the Daisy Yellow index-card-a-day challenge!

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

A quick note from Tammy [aka Daisy Yellow]:
I’m in the process of updating the site for the 2019 Challenge.

★★★ Everything on earth you need to know about the challenge ★★★

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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?

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

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.

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

Creative challenges can be
powerful experiences.

Kick-start a fresh new daily practice!
Get back into the creative groove!
Leverage the positive energy of the challenge to pump up the volume on the art that is energizing you! 
Take a TANGENT and try something new!
Experiment in a new medium!
You can do whatever you wish.

More ideas? Recycle your old Betty Crocker recipes. Draw 61 faces. Make flash cards to learn 61 Polish phrases. Draw cartoons about kangaroos. Use a different ink each week for 9 weeks. Explore a topic or theme. Collage found text into 61 poems. The options are literally never-ending. 

The Official ICAD FAQ

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


11 ICAD Tips to Keep Going Anyhow
Get the Index-Card-a-Day Kick-Start Guide
52+ Repeatable Creative Ideas for Daily Art Projects

2019 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.

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

A quick note from Tammy [aka Daisy Yellow]:
By mid-May, the site will be updated for the 2019 Challenge.

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?

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
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. 

Previous ICAD Guest Posts 

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

Questions? Feedback?

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 and then the annual ICAD Index and I bet you'll find the answer!


Please know that from mid-May forward it gets crazy WILD around Daisy Yellow! Although I really try to respond to all of the emails it is not always possible to do that! If you would like to get in touch, email me at tammy [dot] daisyyellow [at] gmail [dot] com