40 Inked Cards: Inktober Wrap Up

joy = 20 minutes/day of ink on paper

The coolest aspect of doing a creative|art challenge is to look back at what I have created as a whole. I wanted to focus on the interplay of inks and mediums and mark-making tools and layers and all of that... and to practice feeling out how to balance quickly made marks in a coherent composition. As a self-taught artist, that is what I do. There is trial & error and experimentation and examination and a lot of figuring stuff out. 
Here’s my Inktober Look Forward & Back from 2018.

40 inked cards #inktober by Tammy Garcia.

You guys know that I 💛 small format art. The small, rectangular surface is like a camera lens. My go-to for tiny art is the 3x5" index card; I work on them year-round - they are so deeply incorporated in my creative process that I use them to think out loud. I knew for Inktober that I wanted to work SMALL but I also wanted to use watercolor paper.

Shake up your approach: spice things up + bring new ideas into your mix. 

Shake up your substrate! Shake up your approach! Shake up your paper! Spicing things up can be just the thing to snap yourself out of a creative rut, out of perfectionistic thinking...

That's a wrap! It feels INCREDIBLE to have completed an entire stack of inked cards this month! I love how they turned out - I love seeing them all together as a collection! And the colors are so bright and cheerful. These are all inked with Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Inks! I used all sorts of methods for getting the ink on the cards, including brushes and dip pens and spritzes too.

To make the bases, I cut 5x8" cards from larger sheets of Strathmore 400 Series watercolor paper. The first row is 4x6" because I had five of those already cut.

What fascinates me is that while I am in the process of creating a particular card, it is fresh and new and full of potential. We used to have a Dalmatian many years ago, before Kimba, and of course she was spotted. When we got her as a puppy, the family gave us a photograph of the entire litter of puppies on a firetruck {yes, people used to do that with Dalmatians} and yes, we could tell her apart from every other polka-dotted puppy.

So the cards are made up of marks and splotches and splashes and drips and dots {plus meandering words and lyrics to songs like Thunder Road} and when I look through them, they are unique and have different melodies or moods. My favorite at the moment is the card I call rainbow clouds {bottom row, second from right}.