Secretly they wonder

Wonderful to see folks exploring what they might consider “new territory” which could be a twist on the norm, adding a new medium to the repertoire, adding color, switching to B&W, loosening up, taking risks in composition, sharing online, embracing wonkiness, laughing at the un-seriousness of index cards. Love hearing the “back-story” of how some combination of things happened that lead to the art made for the day.

Here are my cards for the first 7 days of the 9th ANNUAL ICAD CHALLENGE! I had to put that in ALL CAPS because how incredible for anything to last this long on the interwebs? All of the fun stuff is happening — we’re creating and mixing and mingling in our ICADian way — so happy that we have new folks joining in this year! Thank you for the kind notes and emails of support and enthusiasm as we dive in or rather jump onto the ICAD roller coaster yet again!

Remember that your mind is a factory for ideas. It collects, combines, redefines, extrapolates, interprets, joins, and fastens together discrete stuff. Give yourself a chance to develop ideas on your own without googling or looking on pinterest.

Taking part in novel experiences helps the mind generate fresh ideas. You could do a jigsaw puzzle, visit a museum, draw at a cafeteria, listen to a playlist that someone else developed, or taste new flavors of tea.

 

ICAD № ❶ ⤵️ About four index cards contributed to this quirky card; a 3x5” triple decker of acrylics, ink, found text, and neocolors.

3x5” index card, acrylics, ink, neocolors by Tammy Garcia

3x5” index card, acrylics, ink, neocolors by Tammy Garcia

3x5” index card, acrylics by Tammy Garcia

3x5” index card, acrylics by Tammy Garcia

ICAD № ⓶ ⬆︎ “I am unwritten” from Natasha Bedingfield’s song Unwritten.

ICAD № ❸ ⤵️ 🌳🛣🚏🌾 After painting these little paths with acrylics, added words to tie into the typography theme.

3x5” index card, acrylics by Tammy Garcia

3x5” index card, acrylics by Tammy Garcia

ICADs № ④ ⓹ ⓺ Simple vs. complex. Last year I did a lot of experiments involving acrylic skins and had many to work with so I cut out and collaged in different shapes. I envision little raindrop windows looking out into an imaginary universe and an array of swimming pools as viewed from a drone.

3x5” index card, acrylic skins by Tammy Garcia

3x5” index card, acrylic skins by Tammy Garcia

ICAD № ➐. A nod to the 🔙typography theme and on to 🔜 collage theme!

3x5” index card, collage by Tammy Garcia

3x5” index card, collage by Tammy Garcia