Floating ink, in theory

You know how musicians riff on the guitar or writers interpret short writing prompts? Part of the process of making really looks quite fumbly to outsiders. To generate ideas and designs, creative people have to mess about, juggle ideas, and rehearse possibilities. It takes some level of “not knowing” [and refining] and being OK with that uncertainty WELL INTO the process. So developing lyrics + captivating chord progressions is usually not automatic or instantaneous. At least that is what I’ve gleaned from a variety of podcasts.

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The gouache journal is a wrap!

“You don’t think your way to creative work.
You work your way to creative thinking.”
George Nelson

Well folks, I don’t know the trick but I keep showing up every day and the carousel of ideas keeps flowing and I’m cool with that. And the funny part? I think I’ve named this journal but I cannot remember! So it’s “the gouache journal” until I think of something else.

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From the Index-Card-a-Day Vaults

Howdy friends! So many of YOU clever people have participated in the ICAD Challenge for YEARS and so I thought it would be fun to give you a little behind-the-scenes tour of some of the things I do to get our annual office supply party 👯‍♀️↪️🎬✴️🖼📇🖍 started each summer! Or winter, for folks across the globe! 

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My Favorite ICADs

To get into the ICAD [see below if you don’t know this acronym] groove, I went through <<<8+ years>>> of index card art and collected my favorites into a short video! I am working diligently behind-the-scenes to make ICAD run smoothly this year. I’ll be sharing MORE information with you in the next week, but for now, a video!

For the newbies: Each year I facilitate a creative challenge called Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day. The 9th annual iteration! 🔝📇🏋🏼‍♀️📛🌻🐰🌈✏️ will run June 1 - July 31, 2019. Creative people around the globe participate and it's a roller coaster ride of fun. You should definitely play along! It started on a whim and yet creating on this small, un-precious format has grown to be such a meaningful part of my creative practice.

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112 hours. One fountain pen ink. One pen. 100 faces.

Reality infringes on my desire to do ALL of the creative things. Instead, I choose to ricochet between projects and mediums and ideas, zig-zagging my way up and around the learning curve. A challenge is a great way to SHAKE THINGS UP and focus on something you have been wanting to do but haven’t tackled.

Five days dedicated to drawing 100 things in spare moments is surprisingly intense! From the outside it might look like a mini-Inktober or mini-ICAD, but definitely not. As I read many other sketchers say…. I’d definitely do One Week 100 People again. I drew so much that I didn’t have a choice but to allow myself to loosen up and not micro-manage or I wouldn’t have finished. It’s like everything else fell away and I just had to keep moving forward, next face, next face. That pushed perfectionistic tendencies away!

And usually I will share pretty much anything I create, yet I felt hesitant to share these sketches! But it’s part of it, part of a challenge, part of the process. It drives improvement. After I posted the first two pages, the rest were easier somehow. Looking back I am really happy I shared these pages and it made the challenge all the more powerful.

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