Tag Archives: Index Card

Imperfect circles


Warm up #8 for Daisy Yellow ICAD 2015: very imperfect circles, drawn in Sharpie with my left hand just to sort of fill the page, then some practice blending colored pencils to fill them in and fine Sharpie pen web background.


(Warm up for) Tangent #6: Quirky Girls

DY Girl Face practice gridFollowing Daisy Yellow’s tutorial, an index card grid of hastily-sketched girl female faces.  I can’t change the name of the exercise, but in my head, these are not only girls — there are a bunch of women up there as well. I think the one in the fifth column, middle row looks the most like me — my chubby nose and the “but I am smiling” expression on my face in most photographs.

ICAD 2014: #61 One Last Mandala

This one’s self-explanatory…

ICAD 2014 # 61_The Last Mandala - Cropped

Thanks, Tammy Garcia!

ICAD 2014: Catching Up #2: Mandala Set

Even though I tried a lot of different things this month, mandalas will probably always be the thing I draw for concentration, meditation, for bringing myself to a place of safety and serenity.  Here’s a some of the mandala ICADs I did in July — I dated many of them prominently because I was trying to keep track of the days when I really needed what they bring me.

ICAD 2014 July Mandala Set

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.


Traveling Art Kit Is Traveling

I decided to simplify my take-along art kit for this trip — just my go-to colored pencils and black felt tip pens in this cool stand-up zip case plus index cards and 3x3s in a re-purposed passport holder. So far it’s been working great; I’m especially pleased with the set of twist-up colored pencils I picked up last week just before leaving.  Yes, they’re Crayola, but at under $6 for a set of 24 and no need for a sharpener — what’s not to like?