My daughter and I are playing along with a new (to me!) creative challenge at the moment: Index Card a Day. As the name suggests, the premise is to create something (a drawing, doodle, painting, poem, calligraphy, art journalling, collage – anything goes!) on an index card everyday during June and July. ICAD is hosted by the fabulous Tammy from Daisy Yellow Art. There are both weekly and daily prompts, the weekly prompts are broad (encouraging specific techniques or mediums for example) and the daily prompts are more specific but still very open to personal interpretation (cobalt blue, playground, bouquet etc).
Playing along with the prompts is totally optional, so far I have created a grand total of one index card based on the daily prompt! The very first prompt was “Mix Tape”:
As the days have gone on I have surprised myself by choosing to play with colour and pattern more and more rather than working on small scale drawings as I had initially planned. Drawing patterns at the end of the day is much more relaxing!
I also expected to get frustrated with the poor quality paper of the cards (they are just cheap and cheerful 6×4 record cards) but they haven’t performed as badly as I thought they would and I find that I don’t care at all if the surface gets a bit torn up using layers of colour. It’s all part of the process!
If you’re interested in playing along with ICAD (you can jump in at any time!) head over to Daisy Yellow Art for all the information on the challenge. There is also a kids version of ICAD – perfect for those lucky kids who have already finished school for the summer! My daughter and I have been working on our cards together in the evenings as we still have three weeks left of school. Boo.