Index Card Tutorial: Universe

"Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem."
Rollo May

Here's an endlessly fun way to play with acrylic paints - it takes advantage of the opacity of the paint and allows you to create shapes that can almost be optical illusions. These are windows, planets, spheres, bubbles, discs, anything you want them to be!

So place some cardboard or a plastic tray on your workspace to protect before you start the painting portion. Once you have your workspace set up, this project will take 15-30 minutes, depending on how much time you'd like to dedicate to finding the elements for the grid. This took about 15 minutes to create; I edited the video to a 6 minute tutorial.

In the video, I scribble a rainbow with Caran D'Ache Neocolor Wax Crayons. For this technique you can use Neocolor I or Neocolor II or any sort of colored pencils. You can also make the base layer with any sort of acrylics - but be sure to allow the acrylics to dry before you add your next layer. To create the examples, I am using Neocolor II and Golden High Flow Acrylics or Golden Heavy Body Acrylics on 3x5" index cards.

And you can expand this idea in so many different directions! Here's one of the pages that I teach in my Novel Approach workshop, to give you an idea to get your mind spinning....

Think in terms of negative space - draw something and then paint "around" it to create an illusion. Try this with any shape that you can paint! 

Universe tutorial by Tammy Garcia

Here's a similar technique with the base and black-out area in gouache! 

Take the index-card-a-day challenge!!!!

Anything goes, as long as it's on a basic index card! Make flash cards to teach yourself Russian. Paint with acrylic paints. Drip india ink. Dye with espresso. Practice origami folds. Stitch. Sketch. Doodle. Stamp. Collage. Cut up weave the pieces back together. Write Haiku poems. Document your paint collection. The 7th Annual Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge is going now! Yes!!! You can jump in any time! The idea is simple; create something on index card every day for 61 days. 

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