Holy ICAD!

This summer has been a particularly hectic one, leaving me wishing that the ICAD challenge was a winter event.

Lagging far behind in both posting and creating ICADs, I’ll pick up here with Day 25 posting those finished pieces from my desk…

Day 25 FLY

Day 25 FLY

FLY was created with rubber stamps and ink, the large butterfly was attached using foam tape.

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Watercolor circles provided a jumping off point for stamps and doodles in Circles in Rotation.

Day 27 This is Important

Day 27 This is Important

The hubby picked up a bag of odd savings stamps at a yard sale. I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. The colors of these prompted me to use them as a back drop for This is Important.

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Playing with watercolors, I made a big circle and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost cut it out, but at the last second, opted to fill in around it with a complimentary color. I then stamped and doodled until the Dream Sphere felt finished.

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Blue Grid Bounce used scraps cut from a quadrille index card and circles punched from a bumper sticker background. Sometimes, simple is best.

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' I

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ I

Gold and Silver, Red Wheels Turnin’ is a two-piece set. I used painter’s tape to secure two index cards end to end and then layed in ink. When I thought I liked what I saw, I separated them and added stamped images and doodles.

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' II

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ II

The tissue separating layers of vinyl did not escape my clutches in Recyclable.

Day 32 Recyclable

Day 32 Recyclable

Ink and rubber stamps combined to create Jumping the Grid.

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Short on time, but eager to create, washi tape gave me the ability to create the Washi Tape Blossom in under three minutes on a previously inked index card!

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

More quadrille scraps appear in Off the Grid.

Day 35 Off the Grid

Day 35 Off the Grid

Scraps from a previous endeavor were used to create Natural Elements.

Day 36 Natural Elements

Day 36 Natural Elements

A previously painted watercolor background became home to this Doodle Flower when I was short on time, but needed an outlet.

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Ye Olde Sewing Room is a mixed media piece combining stamped images, stickers and washi tape among other media.

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Again, a piece I’d inked previously provides the background for some rubber stamp play and doodling. Can you guess what song was trapped in my head while I worked?

Day 39 HAPPY!

Day 39 HAPPY!

Don’t worry, Be HAPPY!

Off and running for some more summertime fun… Hoping to get to more ICADs soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

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First Weekly ICAD Update

The first week’s ICAD catch-up is always a full post. This time around, there are eight pieces to bring us up to date.

Day one was a hodge-podge. I began with the 4×6 index card, stitching and gluing scraps to it until I liked what I saw. It’s pretty enough to be a mini journal cover, don’t you think?

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My second ICAD was a little simpler. I worked with a piece of Tim Holtz packaging and a scrap of Christy Tomlinson paper for my background. I was inspired by the baby blue. The message really spoke to me.

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Day three found me stitching a piece of painted canvas to my index card and stitching and stamping and gluing my way to a garden themed piece. The book paper leaves were cut from the first page of an old copy of The Secret Garden. I think I might use this one as my Whimsical Garden Card Exchange piece.

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Beach Glass Delight was created by gluing scraps, magazine bits, packaging bits and punched circles to my card.

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Calypsos Dream was a simple piece. Torn card stock was first glued to a black index card and the circles punched from an envelope lining were added atop. I like the movement of this piece.

Calypsos Dream

Rustic Nature was also created on a black index card using a scrap of paper, a piece of an old book spine, a found rusty circle, a slice from a champagne cork and a circle punched from a scrap of sandpaper. I really liked the look.

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In need of a easy piece for Day 7, I reached for a card on which I had already inked a background. I stuck three chip board circles onto it and began doodling. This was the result.

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It seems like black is calling to me in much the same way that orange did last month. This next piece was also created on a black index card. It had a more playful tone than my previous black pieces.

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Thanks for checking in on my ICAD progress. Our next update will come on Monday, June 16th!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Say Yes! to ICAD 2013!

Do yourself a favor and say YES! to the Index-Card-A-Day 2013 challenge. I did!

Tammy Garcia, over at Daisy Yellow http://daisyyellowart.com/, began this challenge in 2011 as tool to help jump start the creative juices. The premise is simple: Using a stack of 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 index cards, create one card a day beginning June 1st. (If you are reading this and want to participate, but think you’ve missed the boat, don’t worry. You can jump in at ANY time!) Tammy offers all manner of creative prompts to help you along the way. Details can be found here: http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/icad-faq.html. Be sure to join the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/daisy.yellow.ICAD/176562325837867/?notif_t=group_activity to share your ICADs with other participating artists. ICADs can also be shared through the flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/daisyyellow/.

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My size of choice is 4 x 6, allowing me to use my cards as mail art if I want. I like to work on either plain cards or graph ruled cards. For me, the choice depends on whether I want structure or not. Lined cards rarely appeal to me. I think that’s because I use them for other things like note taking, outlining and organizing ideas.

The ICAD challenge allows for the trial of new mediums and techniques in a size that isn’t intimidating. It encourages creativity while providing structure which is especially helpful to those who may wish to have a creative outlet, but don’t have a great deal of time on their hands. Another thing I like about the challenge is that it’s easily made portable. It takes little effort to stick some cards and pencils, pens, etc. in your bag, leaving you free to create on your lunch break, while commuting, or waiting for an appointment.

This is a no pressure activity designed to get you creating! Let me know if you’ll be participating in the comment section below, so I can be sure to look for your work. If you’re interested in following my progress with the ICAD challenge, I will publish a weekly ICAD blog post on Wednesdays throughout June and July.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!