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

★★★ Official ICAD FAQ ★★★

The challenge is about the DOING and not the
It is the process of creating each day that matters.

Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge

Goal: Create something on an index card every day for 61 days.

Motto: You do not need to catch up, just start.

Start wherever you are. Whether you are a Physics professor, a physical therapist, a dystopian mystery writer, a Portuguese-English translator, a Python programmer, and/or a knitter… you can do this!

Do we have to use index cards?

YES. Simple materials push you to think in new ways. Index cards are without a doubt "not" the perfect substrate. But they are abundant, so we do not hesitate to pitch them when the work turns into a catastrophe! Get index cards. They can be lined, gridded, plain, neon or dividers or rolodex cards. Most challengers use 3x5" or 4x6" index cards or the metric equivalent thereof. Maximum size 4x6". And yes, gotta be index cards. If you cut nicer paper cut to size, sorry but you’ve missed the entire point?! We are working with a basic index card, not with a perfect substrate. 

How do I keep track of what's up with ICAD?

  1. Bookmark the 2019 ICAD Index.

  2. Skim the home page for ICAD.

  3. Follow the Daisy Yellow blog in your favorite RSS feed reader to get updates as soon as new posts are published. Try Feedly [or go to Feedly and search for “Daisy Yellow” and add to your blog list] or Bloglovin. Both are free!

  4. Subscribe to the Daisy Yellow Newsletter for monthly updates.

  5. Follow Tammy at instagram.

Are there prompts? Where can I find them?

Prompts are 100% optional! They are posted on Wednesdays during the challenge at the 2019 ICAD Index.

Each week, there's a THEMATIC PROMPT  
{i.e. maps or nature or mark-making} which is fairly broad, like a technique or medium or area of focus.
Each day, there's a TOPICAL PROMPT
{i.e. cartoon, geometric, parasol, zombie}.


ICAD is free to participate!

The ICAD challenge has grown because friends tell friends about it! So, tell your friends!

Instagram + Facebook

At instagram we’re using tags #dyicad2019 and #daisyyellowart As of July 31, 2018, there were 12,500 ICADs created and shared on instagram for the 2018 challenge! WHOA!!!

This year I will facilitate a dedicated ICAD FB group 🍿 and to register or get the bonus content, go to the ICAD Home Base.

Can kids participate?

There's an Index-Card-a-Day: Kid Version. My daughters have done the challenge each year, in their own way for many years… the cards they created are very special to them. For younger kids, if they are getting into the creative groove, they will want to work on their ICADs in batches, not necessarily one per day. They just get INTO it and have fun exploring and creating. So let them participate in a way that is comfortable and energizing for them without putting adult RULES on everything. Their art is their art, not ours.

What is the history of the challenge?

ICAD began in 2011 with a 92 day challenge. Since 2012 ICAD has been a 61 day challenge. 2019 is our 9th year!


Please respect the work that I have put into developing the challenge, supporting materials & prompts. Do not copy/paste the prompts or Tammy's index cards to your blog or website or distribute in ANY format without permission. The challenge is a labor of love but the content and copyright are that of Daisy Yellow.

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