Thursday, June 20, 2019


The "vitrina" prompt sent me first to the dictionary, and then to my bin o' scraps. I assembled a series of little collages in a "display case"-style card. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Today's "yellow" prompt called for something light and whimsical. The ICAD challenge has been a delight, ensuring that I make time each day to do something creative, even if only for a few minutes. 


The "yearbook" prompt led to the unearthing of one of my high school yearbooks, which led to a mix of nostalgia and cringing as I leafed through it, which led me to the decision to make copies of several pages, which then led to the most delightful part: cutting up pieces of my past and re-assembling them here. Friends forever! Best of luck in the future! Have a great summer! Remember me! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


The "wood" prompt brought to mind the color scheme, and this week's mark-making/drawing/sketching theme led to some scribbling, cutting, pasting, and stitching. Fun card to create! I love the unevenness of hand-cut circles. Perfection is boring. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

ICAD 15-16

Tempestuous hues and textures emerged from the "storm" prompt. 

This one's an off-prompt card.  I worked with this week's drawing/sketching theme instead.  I closed my eyes, flower in one hand, a fountain pen in the other, and made a "blind" repetition drawing. 


Lots of messy stitching (my favorite kind), courtesy of the "thread" prompt. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019


The "balcony" prompt brought about lots of layers, and a pretty colorful view.  

ICAD 11-12

The prompt "palm"  had me reaching for a black pen and creating a rough sketch of the lines on my left palm -- lines that I repeated and then shaded using black watercolor pencil. 

The "tapestry" prompt brought to mind different colors and lots of stitching (sans loom, in this case). This was created entirely from items that I might have otherwise discarded -- old calendar pages, a ripped gift bag, painting scraps, and more. It's a trash-to-treasure tapestry. 

Monday, June 10, 2019


Today's prompt, "Sapphire," reminds me of light on water, the morning sunlight and the sparkling sea. Time for a beach trip! 

Sunday, June 9, 2019


To welcome the ICAD challenge into my day requires a little bit of bravery -- it means suspending judgment and reminding myself that, when scrutinizing a finished card and feeling unsure about whether I like it or not, the point is NOT likability. The point is the process. Today was one of those days. The prompt? Macaron. I have mixed feelings about the card, but the highlight of the process for me was combining different paints in analogous colors to create scrumptious clementine and melon hues. I discovered color combinations that I would love to use in future projects. No judgment -- just play! 

Saturday, June 8, 2019


Today's "Goggles" ICAD prompt was kind of a head-scratcher. My initial thoughts were pretty literal, and as I let my thoughts wander, what came to mind were the goggle-sporting Edgar and Alan Frog from The Lost Boys and Dr. Horrible. At that point, I figured that I would just have an off-prompt day, working with the week 2 theme of collage and found and painted papers from old books. 

However, as I started rummaging through papers, a line from a discarded (repurposed!) textbook on debate caught my eye: "YOU CAN'T FORCE BELIEF." From there, a little association helped me to find my focus: goggles --> vision --> world view --> perspective.  Many of the papers that I had been pulling and trimming had something to do with ways of seeing or with acquiring knowledge and filtering the world through that view; the papers dealt with geography, music, language, literature, politics, poetry, genetics, history, numbers, and time. I added a few lines of my own to the mix: "so many ways to see -- why insist upon just one?" 

ICAD 5-7

The prompt, "Tourist Map," led to lots of layers -- painted and trimmed coastlines, a map of Capri (from souvenir shop packaging), a piece of map-printed fabric, stickers from luggage, and more.

A few days of grappling with a cold virus set me back in ICAD, but it worked out, as I was able to tackle the "Leaf or Petal" and "Stencil" prompts on the same day, using the same leaf, a brayer, paint, and ink. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

ICAD 2-4

The day 2 prompt, "Peppermint," had me indulging in some good, old-fashioned cut-and-paste, assembling tiny pieces from my scrap bin (that is, the overflowing realm of chaos that is my desk) and covering them in a few layers of minty fresh paint. Though it was a bit on-the-nose, I included the word "peppermint," cut from a page torn out of a bartender's recipe book (it was for a drink called the "Girl Scout," using peppermint schnapps).

This card pays tribute to the giant magenta-colored bruise on my arm that I received as a result of a failed attempt to insert an IV.  The prompt, "Magenta," was probably not intended to be prophetic, though it turned out to be just that.

The "Reflection" prompt found me creating painted "reflections." I added paint and ink to one side of an index card and then folded and pressed the card, opening it to reveal a symmetrical image. I repeated that about five times with new cards, and then trimmed the strips and layered them here.

For the list of daily prompts and more info about ICAD, check out Daisy Yellow Art.

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Although I have yet to make it through the full two months of ICAD (the Index-Card-a-Day Creative Challenge) each summer, I always return for more. The point isn't the finishing -- it's the creating, setting aside a little time each day to make something. In fact, "something" may be a little too specific a term for it.  ICAD is more about process and less about product. 

Today is the first day of the challenge, and although the prompts are optional, today's prompt, "Mailbox," spoke to me, Jill of the Junk Mail Stacks. I took a scissors to some of the most meaningless mail imaginable and made it meaningful in my own way. The paint and stitching helped.  Instead of unopened credit card offers ending up in the trash, they found their real purpose here. 

I'm grateful to Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow Art for keeping the challenge going for these last nine (!) years. If you're interested in playing along, give it a try!