Index Card Artist Series: Part One

Index cards are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and weights with nifty options like tabs, grid lines, colors and labels in upper case letters to enable easier alphabetization. And that's all well and good. But we take the index card for a wild ride. We paint, sketch, stitch, ponder, hand-letter, collage, weave and ink our index cards. Non-stop.

So we're celebrating the index card. And our first three guests! 

Our first guest is Amy Cowen. I love the use of pattern in Amy's work and the depth and layers of meaning.

4x6 card, ink, watercolor, fabric, magazine clipping, thread. artwork by amy cowen.

4x6 card, ink, watercolor, fabric, magazine clipping, thread. artwork by amy cowen.

In Amy's words... This ICAD is a simple sketch is of a small stuffed keychain character from my children's cast-off toys. Materials: 4x6 card, ink, watercolor, fabric, magazine clipping, thread.

Amy Cowen is the voice of The Creative Mom Podcast, sketch artist, and quilter. You can find Amy sharing art and slices of life at Facebook and instagram. You'll find Amy's art in Issue #9 of the Daisy Yellow Zine.

 

Our next guest is Michelle {Reuss} Remy. Michelle creates, well,  all sorts of quirky creatures, portraits and deluxe robots from her imagination. 

3x5"index card divider, acrylics, artwork by michelle remy.

3x5"index card divider, acrylics, artwork by michelle remy.


In Michelle's words: Using the palette knife, both the handle end & bristle end of the brush, and simple shapes, I painted a monster. The handle end of the brush can be used to add small dots of paint and to make marks in wet paint. You can mix colors to gain lighter & darker values to create highlights & shadow. The materials used: Index card divider, heavy body & craft acrylics {purple, lime green, lemon yellow, light blue, white, & black}, palette knife; #1 round brush. 

Michelle Remy blogs about art and shares her quirky creations at Lost Coast Post.

 

Our next guest is Connie Solera, an artist who paints with expressive gusto and reminds us to stop and breathe and experience the act of creating.

3X5"INDEX CARD, watercolors, PITT pens, Tombow pens, artwork by connie solera.

3X5"INDEX CARD, watercolors, PITT pens, Tombow pens, artwork by connie solera.

In Connie's words: When I sat down to paint my index card at the kitchen table, my first gut reaction was to paint the bamboo that sits as a centerpiece. But no, my next thought was that bamboo would be too boring. So after about four disappointing attempts at making abstract faces, I gave up and painted the bamboo instead. And now I absolutely love it! Once again, having a daily art practice always reminds me how important it is to listen to those gut reactions -- those first instincts -- that beautiful innate wisdom we all have. Materials: Small Index Card, watercolors, PITT pens, Tombow pens.

Connie founded the 21 Secrets program of art journal workshops and blogs at Dirty Footprints Studio, plus you can find Connie sharing her work at Facebook and instagram!