Friday, July 25, 2014


ICAD - was JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR - last year when I joined the Facebook group over at Daisy Yellow. Last year doing art on a small 3 x 5 inch index card every day for 61 days made a huge difference to my enjoyment of life, to my mood, to my being present in the moment, to my happiness with myself and my life and my lot in life!

 It was the push I needed to be creative EVERY day - and explore the world of Art Journalling.

When Tammy Garcia invited me to design a card as a Guest contributor on Daisy Yellow  and the ICAD (Index Card a Day 2014). I felt very honoured and very apprehensive! What to do? How to do it? Has it been done before?

I use a lot of recycled and repurposed objects in my art practices so I decided to follow that path and have the theme - Reuse, Reduce, Recycle - and design an easy technique able to be quickly done by others. Then a quote I found among my text collection also inspired me!

 "White clarifies space and accentuates form".

 I set out to design a 3 x 5 card,  exploring the quote with index cards, thinly smearing acrylic paint with used plastic store/credit cards and stamping marks with black acrylic paint. I chose some interesting pieces of "junk" from my recycling box and stated experimenting. I made a few cards and added words from my text collection. It was fun to do, very easy and quick - but you need to wait for the paint to dry or use a heat gun.

The quote that started it all - deserved a card of its own! 

 Cards ready for words. 

One completed.

 One or two colours can be smeared with plastic

Plastic biscuit tray packaging makes great
stamp marks with acrylic paint.

Text collection.
Choosing words that appeal.

Paper torn from corrugated cardboard exposes a
 rippled area. Can be use flat or on the edge for
stamping with acrylic paint.

Circles from bottle tops, pencil rubbers, tape rolls.

Dragging paint with home made "combs".

Stamping with corrugated cardboard inner layers.

Plastic cards for smearing paint.

Things that are normally designated "rubbish"
can be recycled into great stamps.
AND ...
My card collection - some text has been outlined
for definition, and smudged to 'age' it,
some left with the clear cut edge. I like both.

I love my collection of cards - the white spaces especially and I love doing ICAD! Thank you
Tammy for all you do to facilitate this challenge.


  1. I love this series! I also love your reuse of materials - the cookie pack is brilliant - WOW.

  2. Thank you TJ for visiting and commenting! I love your guest ICAD post too!

  3. Dear Sue,
    finally I have come around visiting you on your blog again. You remember we met in Lawendula's Paper Swap and during your Birthday-Postcards activities? Anyway, I am happy to see that you are in motion and bouncing. I find your ICAD very interesting and will follow your detailed tutorial to try this kind of working with media myself. Thanks for sharing!
    I wish you a happy season, whatever, spring or autumn... Hugs from Manu