Monthly Archives: June 2014

ICAD 22 – 28 Chasing Rainbows

A boost of color seemed just what I needed, so I opted to go with Daisy Yellow’s suggested theme for the week, Rainbow Love. I’m really happy with the results.

Haiku and bubble mandalas in Sharpie pen and colored pencils, “over the rainbow” half-mandala in Stabilo markers, no-drawing-at-all rainbow of chairs, mixed media rainbow Medusa and “make your own rainbow” ladies, craft acrylic painted Paramecium Party (I was aiming for paisleys, but they wanted to be something else so I went with it…)Image


ICAD #14 – 21

The cards from Thursday (Ker-Pow!) and Saturday (Arrows/Repeating Pattern) were definitely influenced by the helluva week I’ve had.


Both in my go-to/security blanket black fine-point marker and colored pencils — in the case of the Arrows, a different pencil for each.

Here’s the cards from the remainder of the week: Magenta Gingham (memories of a favorite dress from my childhood); M Is For Magenta Mandala (because I love the color too much to stop at just one); “89” (idea for repainted our mailbox, which is in dire need); Another At-Work Mandala (like I said, helluva week); Peek-a-boo Polka Dots (inspired by this quilt tutorial), and Rainbow Blanket (In which I decide to be an early adopter of week 4 theme).  All fine-point marker and colored pencils except for the first set — two tones of magenta acrylic paint for both, white paint pen for the mandala.


ICAD 2014 #12 and #13

Still using the Week 2 daily prompts from Daisy Yellow :

#12 Paisley:  A single motif, begun as a conference call doodle, finished when it ran off the edges of the card.  [Sharpie pen…and that’s all]Image

#13 Book review: I went with a sort of pre-book review — an editor’s rejection letter to Ursula LeGuin for The Left Hand of Darkness (a book that changed the way I looked at the world and one of my long-time favorites).  Particularly scathing phrases picked out, and offset Samuel Beckett’s famous “fail better” advice.  [printed text, color sticks]


ICAD 2014 #9, #10 and #11

With less time to think, this week I’ve been using the ICAD prompts — and making positive progress in my quest to be satisfied with the less-than-perfect.  No much of a let-up in sight, so — as they say in my office — the trend is likely to continue.

#9 Alphabet/ABC [Traveling art kit: Flair and fine tip sharpie pens, colored pencils]


#10 The Beatles/Blackbird (one of my favorite lyrics) [Flair pen and found image]


#11 (Mandala with) toy camera scramble [Sharpie pen and colored pencil]



ICAD 2014 #8 Mandala

Today’s prompt was Mandala, and there’s no way I could resist that. I started this without any advance planning, and the lotus flower was suddenly just there. So I went with it, then added the classic mantra for good measure.  

[Sharpie pen and the colored pencils strewn about in the picture below]


ICAD 2014 #7 Move out of the box

I had some errands to run this morning, so a made a short side trip to Staples to pick up a pack of gridded index cards.  I’ve been playing this them a bit this afternoon, and this is the one I decided to make my official card for the day. Not my favorite, but the message is where I needed it to be.


Back to my old stand-byes, Sharpie pen and colored pencils. (I really do need to move out of the box…)

ICAD 2014 #5 and #6

A hectic couple of days — but I got my ICADs done.  

Card #5  — made with the Sharpie pen and twist-up colored pencils from my traveling art kit.  The initial drawing was done while listening to a conference call and colored in spare moments afterward.  (I call it “Paperwork”…)


Today I had a bit more time to play: Multiple colors of Dylusions spray ink on damp card; overdrawn with a Sharpie pen mandala when dry.