ICAD 2015–My first “a-day” challenge

I’ve never participated in a “do something every day” challenge before, but I had seen several YouTube videos by artists that had and have participated in Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day (or ICAD) challenge and I was intrigued.  So, I jumped in.  I’m finished with week 1 of the 2 month challenge (runs from June 1 – July 31) and thought I would share a step out of week 1, day 7’s card, as well as my first week’s results. 

There are prompts and themes, and I’ve followed some and not followed others. I skipped Friday night in favor of canning 5 more pints of pickles on top of the 8 pints I did last weekend, so I caught up yesterday evening.  It’s really an easy going and fun challenge that is low pressure.  I encourage you to check it out.

First, here are my cover card and first 6.



Theme for Day 1 was Chevrons and I used that here in Black and White and Red in Chevrons


Theme for Day 2 was Carnival and I used that here


Theme for Day 3 was Maps



and day 6


So, for Day 7, I again skipped the theme, but wanted to work in the same fashion I did on Day 5.  I started with a piece of brayer paper that I had finger painted circles on and collaged that to my index card.


It’s dark, not particularly appealing and has the white strip down the right side.


Next, I used one of my home made stencils and diarylide yellow to stencil the flower over the upper right circle.  I used a home made mask to block off some interesting bits on the left side and used teal to cover up the rest of the space, including the white strip on the right.


I used another stencil and sponged permanent violet inside the blobs (on the left).  I used black to outline the center of the flower from step 2.  I used the permanent violet to draw stripes on the eyllow part of the finger-painted circle on the lower left and then outlined the strip on both sides with it.  I decided I didn’t like the center of that flower, so I painted it white.  I used white and painted strips on the teal bar on the right.  I then outlined the violet pods with black and the striped bar on the right.


I added a black outline to the original pod shape in the background on the left.  Then I pulled out the white Signo Uniball and outlined my yellow petals, made petals on the background pod shape and added marks inside the pods on the foreground pod shape and the cetner of the big flower.  I used a black Pitt pen to add marks to the center of the lower right flower.


To finish off, I outlined my white petals with a S black Pitt pen and drew pod shapes around the flower on the lower right.  I used an M black Pitt pen to add the arrows on the left, and the dashes in the teal background. I used the white Signo pen to color in the center of the pods on the lower right and add dots to the yellow of the big flower.  I went back in with the S Pitt pen and outlined the petals of the large flower.  I then added the cross hatching in white to the center of the large flower.   I’m practicing isolating elements in a busy or ugly background using paint and marks.  I’m really happy with my progress here. 

A Love Affair: Gelli Printing

I am continuing my love affair with paint and a Gelli plate.  I continue to try new color combinations and mutliple layers of stencils or combing.  Here is a look at some of my latest pages, many of which are sure to get more layers going forward.






All done with Golden fluid acrylics, stencils from TCW stencils via Scrapbook.com and of course, my Gelli Plate (8×10).

Friday Night Art Play May 23rd


It’s the start of a long weekend, after what turned out to be a long and exhausting week.  I’ve not been sleeping well, for reasons I do not yet understand, and that has made it harder to get through the day.  It has become my habit to come home and page through my journal, seeing if I can get the energy to do something creative. 

Last weekend, Saturday, I went downtown to Waterloo (#buylocalATX) Records and bought some new music.  My favorite two CD’s I’ve been gorging on are Fitz and The Tantrums “More than Just a Dream” and Rodrigo & Gabriela’s “9 Dead Alive”.  “Spark” from the Fitz album is my newest earworm.  If I can get myself in front of the Gelli Plate and put on either CD, I can get myself going creatively. 

I experimented with several techniques this week.  I embossed a bunch of white cardstock and used that to lift paint off the plates, printing in my journal and on scrap paper.  I stamped into the plate with my hand-carved stamps and used stencils and punched shapes as masks.  I used leaves from my front flower beds to create really cool organic, but amorphous prints.  And tonight, I did some more printing on the plate, and then I did a page in my art journal.  So, here’s the results of this week’s play ground.


Inspired by the chorus to “Spark”, first layer is gelli plate printed with paint lifted by cardstock embossed with a brick wall pattern (inside joke there).  The center was purposely not textured and painted on the plate with a brush using Green Gold.  I dripped FW Acrylics in orange, green and gold on the background and let it run.  Next I used jar and bottle lids to stamp circles of white gesso on the page.  I used a Dylusions Stencil to get the checkerboard and a Tim Holtz stencil to get the dots.  I used a circle stencil with smaller circles punchd from card stock to do the moon shapes.  I dry-brushed Dalyride Yellow across the top and in the bottom corners.  I used a TCW Rays stencil with a light coat of Liquitex black spray paint.  I went back over the page with the Tim Holtz Stencil and white and block paint.  I added another green gold box offset from the original and then a Turquoise Pthalo box offst from that.  I outlined elements using black and white Painters paint pens.  So far they are the best I’ve tried and do not let the nibs escape to ruin my clothes (Sad smile Sharpie).  Then I wrote in the lyrics of the chorus on the rays in white, outlined in black.  I think it’s done, but I’m not 100% sure yet!


First Gelli print using leaves from my garden and texture from a shelf-liner.


Ghost print from above.


Another leave print.


This one uses stamps I carved to lift paint from the plate and a Balzer Bits Stencil to create the tree mask.


And this one is embossed cardstock used to lift paint.  I started doodling on the top two with a Sakura white paint pen, fine nib.

I also dyed 8 yards of velvet and 7 yards of Rayon Satin for an Etsy order.  My customer is going to make a Cos Play dress and cloak based on one of the Game of Thrones characters.  I can’t wait to see the pictures she sends me!


An Episode with Paint and Paper


After a successful Art-Xscape, more on that in another post, and a bout with bronchitis, I’ve been alternating cleaning with playing with paint and paper and my art journal.  I acquired a Gelli-Arts plate when I visited Annie in Denver in February, but I hadn’t played with it at all since I returned home.  I rectified that!  Each evening, I’d spend an hour cleaning and an hour playing in the garage (my temporary paint studio) with the Gelli plate.  I will post pictures of my results there in a separate post as well (boy!  I’m racking up the post topics today!).  I printed some pages in my journal, some of which I didn’t really like.  So, I started working in my journal again.

I went to the Georgetown Red Poppy Festival a week ago and looked at arts and crafts with my friend Sarah.  That evening, my brain buzzing, I got out in the garage and started a journal page which ended up being a very happy page, “Spring 2014”.  I love how it turned out.


Next I started playing with a background that was quite a bit darker, collaging some of my Gelli-printed paper on it and trying to lighten it up.  I’ve also been using a bunch of my TCW Stencils (totally in love with these!).  Mostly, I’ve used Jamie’s, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s and Dina Wakley’s.  This page, “Supernova”, ended up much busier and darker.


Sarah and Kathleen came over yesterday to for an Art Play date.  We made paste papers, and Sarah’s favorite color combo, Pthalo Turquoise and Napthol Red, inspired me.  So, this evenings journal pages started from that color combo and a couple of journal pages that I did NOT like!  For step by step photos, see my blog on Tumblr!  For now, I leave you with the start:


And the finish!  The left page is “Harlequin”.  The right is “Convergence”.  I used circles punched from the turquoise and red paste paper!