Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ICAD July 2015 - Week 09

And so the ICAD for this year has come to an end. It has been interesting, enjoyable, boring, annoying, refreshing - you get the idea-

Again HERE is where the details are listed.

Day 57   For this last group of cards I didn't even consider the prompts as I noticed bits and pieces all over the desk, that would be a shame to throw away. Instead I decided to use them for the cards. Thus most of these have some echo somewhere back to previous cards in this collection.
Day 57 also has a piece of paint 'skin' on. It looked much to nice to just throw away... It is stuck on quite flat, the 'shadow' was added with paint. Those animal stencil date back to the 70's when we got them in cereal boxes.

Day 58 - A piece of 'desk protector' paper found it's way one this one. This clearly dates from the 'mud' stenciling week 

Day 59 - More protector sheets, some hand carved stamps and paint splats.

Day 60  -  More 'mud stenciling' a piece of fabric from week 04, and another one of those old stencils. This one got a bit of doodling too since stamping is so awkward over the raised areas.

Day 61 -   I'm still undecided as to which way round this one should be oriented. I keep changing my mind!

I finished it this way round....but then thought I also like it the other way round....I had it this way round when adding the shadows. Whichever way....I like this one. More protector paper, hand carved stamps, stamps selected but never used from week 03  and a few paint splatters.

There we are. It is always nice to finish a challenge.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ICAD July 2015 Week 08

Well just look at that. All those cards! My little index card box is getting full...and to think just the other day those first few cards were getting lost in it's vast interior.

Week 08 -  The index list can be found HERE For this week, the theme was maps and cartography, geography etc. I need no excuse to grab a map, so I found some...and that led to travelling and that led to vacation...

I put all the cards out on the table, numbered them on the back and then started sticking the maps randomly on cards, tearing paper, and just working quickly. Next I sprayed and coloured, working on all the cards simultaneously. Took out stamps that seem to suit and stamped away, did some embossing and inking on the edges etc. It was a different way of doing it, but it worked out really well and the cards came together rather quickly.

Day 50

Day 51

Day 52

Day 53

Day 54 - I like the effect here on the embossed swirl. I rubbed charcoal over it, in the hope of making a shadow effect on the bg paper. that being glossy would have none of it though, but look how interesting the swirl turned out! So of course I had to do that on the cards for Day 50 and 53 too.

Day 55

Day 56

And here we are with 5 cards to go for next week. How time just flies by...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ICAD July 2015 - Week 07

Prompt...typography. I did not care for any other promts/ideas.

Instead I decided to try 'dry wall mud' as a stencil paste instead. I was pretty pleased with the result. It is heavy though, and gritty of course.

Day 43

The stencil is one I cut with a wood burning tool from a plastic file folder. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It is a good thing though that I was not heading for perfection ;-) but if I wanted perfect circles, I would enlist the Silhouette Cameo to help me out! The letters were stenciled on with wax pastels. (don't like the result..) The card is coloured with alcohol spray inks.

Day 44

Still playing with the stencil. This time I had coloured the 'mud' with a paint & ink mixture (left from when I did Week 5's cards.  This time I cut the letters (traced with a stencil0 from paper and stuck them on. It was sooooo nice to have a little rain after all the heat and sun the last weeks!

Day 45

I stamped an alphabet set onto the card and then stenciled with 'mud' through another stencil. Could not decide what else to do, so I sprayed it with ink...and called it done!

Day 46

When I first tried the 'mud' I had stenciled onto a few cards with a circle and square stencil. The rest of the cards use these, combined with craft paints, stamps and lettering.

Day 47

Exploring was really all I did this week. What works, what doesn't what do I like, want not. That sort of exploring, playing, experimenting and trying

Day 48

Got hold of a teeny tiny little eraser and carved the block pattern from it. I bet it's going to prove very useful in the future ;-)

Day 49

Finally...this card was only half stenciled so I finished it off with a bunch of water colours in blotches and curls. Pen scribbles adding just a little detail.

Monday, July 13, 2015

ICAD July 2015 Week 06

This week's prompts are for a series of board games. Find all the details HERE.

I like the graphic quality of board game designs and decided to play with those a bit. And coloured pencils. No collage this week. All of them to have that checkered border stamped around, hand drawn and coloured with pencils.

Day 36 - Backgammon (the purple border around the card is the clipboard it was sitting on...)

Day 37 - Draughts (checkers) This one sure brought back childhood memories!

Day 38 - Mahjong. Thinking about what to put on the tiles, I remembered that I have a PC version of Mahjong that has sweets/candies on the I decided to add my favourite licorice on there and some mints for colour!

Day 39 - Bingo  Not a game I play but I do like the idea of numbers and blocks.

Day 40 - Now this one I do enjoy playing, but thought how nice it would be to play with multi coloured dice ;-)

Day 41 - Bridge and gin rummy are both out o my league, but as I was reading 'London' by Edward Rutherfurd at the time, London bridge was on my mind and then any bridge is fair game, right?

Day 42 - finally Scrabble. Which is a game I do enjoy playing!

And that wraps up this week. This week was so very different from the previous weeks. It was interesting but not as much fun in the end. Still I think looking at the ICAD as a whole it will be a nice part of the whole.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

ICAD June - July 2015 Week 05

Day 29 - This week I liked the techniques and tools ideas, but not the daily prompts, so I went with that instead. (Find the info HERE)
Since it has been so hot and sunny here, I decided to go with a beach/ocean/vacation theme. I need no excuses to explore this theme!
Stamping and alcohol inks for this very simple card...

Finished off with a touch of shimmer on the versamark ink on that shell bg stamp.

I think it captures the shimmer on the water in the late afternoon.

Day 30 - The waves breaking on the shore...standing in the water (yummy!) looking out at the ocean. The shell I made as a paper cast taken from a mold made with polymer clay from a decorative button. It worked really well! The blue paper is done with bubble blowing, something I have not done for years! I forgot how much I like the results! The sand is dye inks and water colours.

Look how nice the backing/protective paper looks with all that spray by!

The bulky shell may be a bit awkward in the card box, but I sure like how it looks!

Day 31 -  Basically the same techniques. Just some variations and I'm not sure I like the colour added to those paper casts. It looked nicer in pure white...

Day 32 - The other half of the torn blue watery piece from Day 30. Here I don't like the dark splatters on the sand. I didn't realize (because I did not check!) how dark that brown colour is...until it was too late. Sigh. Still I do like the card as well as the coloured and trimmed out shell casts 

More of that dimension. I did paint some 'shadows' in under those shells too!

Day 33 - Still working on bubbled only slightly so. With paint drips and splatters and tissue paper stuck on. The fish I cut from postage stamps. I tried to retain the postal marks to identify these as postage stamps. Not sure it is all that clear. After all these images are pretty small.

Day 34 - Playing with the back ground stamp and decided to keep this one really simple. A little bit of enhancing here and there with white and some water soluble pencil. A few splatters and I didn't think it needed anything more. The bg is bubbled with some of the same paint mixture set to run/drip down the card.

Day 35 - Looking at this card, which I had bubbled a couple days earlier, it reminded me of what it looks like when you're surfacing after swimming totally underneath the water (my favourite way to swim) I liked the association so much, that I decided to keep it like that, only enhancing it in a few places. The hardest bit about making this card was to leave it be!

Here is a look at the card stock piece I made for use with cards or other projects. I could stare at it for ages...

Next week has a great selection of prompts/ideas. Looking forward to working on that set of cards!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ICAD June 2015 - Week 04

The month is speeding by.  I find I have less time than expected, so I'll see about doing July or not. I'd like to though...

Prompts appealing to me this week, relates to fabric and wall papers etc. The full lists of prompts can be found HERE

I plan to use some of the stamps my sister gave me a few years ago. These stamps are inspired by textiles and quilts in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I have used them so much on so many different projects! For fabric I looked for small cut offs that I have around and pieces that were not yet secured into my art journal!

Day 22 - Started of uncertain, but I ended up with something I like well enough. Here the white embossed flower is from the stamp set.
Coloured with alcohol inks and white embossing powder for the florals.

Day 23 - I got pretty close to giving this one up for a lost cause...until those tiny white flowers saved the day. Still not crazy about it, but it will have to do. The large blue flower and the 'berry vines' are from the stamp sets.
Coloured with alcohol inks, white embossing powder on the tiny blooms.

Day 24 - This delicious piece of fabric was loose in my art journal. It quickly found it's way onto this card. The flowers are from a border stamp in the collection.
Coloured with alcohol inks.

Day 25 - I worked in soft colours. Not very common for me, but I liked the way it looked and decided to stop before ruining it (possibly) The threads are from fabric on previous days' cards. The floral background stamp is from the collection. I heat embossed it and the scissors with white powder and added a little 'Sketch and Wash' shading to help it pop. I continue adding some stitching/thread to the cards too I noticed...
The colour here is all water colours.

Day 26 - 

Another piece of fabric that was still loose in the art journal and has now found a home in the icad box. Another stamp from the collection, some alcohol inks, a touch of water colour and it's all done. Just some zig-zag stitches along the edge to finish it off. I like how this one turned out!

Day 27- Another piece of the fabric I used earlier in the week. It reminded me of my grandma and I made the rest of the card in the same vein. That larger background stamp is a winner and I like that the 2 bg stamps (one per set) are designed for a a no-seam repeat. The card was quick to do and I'm very happy with it. The white dots are made with a white Sharpie pen. The black alcohol spray ink is decidedly purple grey (reminds me of Payne's Grey), I might have to add more black to it!

Day 28 -  Final card for the fabric theme in this icad. The last stamp of the collection. I've now used them all. I also added that tiny button stamp because I needed a small filler. The large flowers were stamped with Momento dye inks and the rest of the colour is from water soluble metallic pencils. The metallic doesn't show much once water is added, but the colours are very pretty. I also added the frayed pieces from yesterday and a few snippets of the crochet thread/cotton I used for the stitching throughout the week. Some scribbling on the stamped images completed this card.

I enjoyed this week of icads, which made me think that maybe I will continue into July after all. Let's see how it goes, shall we?

ps I featured the box containing the cards up to this point in a 'Scavenger Hunt' sketch. See it here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ICAD June 2015 Week 03

The prompts for this week did nothing for me, but I did like the technique prompts which called for collage.

I always have bits & pieces of interesting papers and 'stuff' around. It is more a matter of making the choices than that of finding something!

I did want to be less random about the next 7 cards though so I decided to make a large background piece in Photoshop using a variety of tools and printed it in grey scale. This would give me a starting point for a thread that would allow me to create a cohesive set of cards.

From here on I cut, tore, painted, sprayed and otherwise altered the original print.

Day 15 -  I stuck the plain card onto the print and trimmed it out. That was when  I noticed the word 'commerce' on the bottom. That decided the 'theme' for me. I found a couple stamps to suit, dug into the postage stamp collection and found some stamps from Zimbabwe that suited the bill. They all have to do with commerce in one way or another and the colours worked with what I had sprayed onto the card for a start. I also added thin white tissue to push some elements more into the background. Gesso will do the same but I like the look and feel of tissue paper.

Day 16 -  The first layer for this was the blue tissue paper that a gift was wrapped in. I used some of yesterday's off cuts from the printed paper as well as another stamp, that fitted with the colours that were already on the card. That snippet from a letter from a friend fitted in both in colour and subject matter. Some stamping and added colour (water colour) was all that was needed. Finally a blast of yellow alcohol ink to introduce some warmth into the rather cool card. Reminds me of the midnight sun in the arctic.

Day 17 - I had a grey image of a flower on the card, which I tried to bring out with paint and colour pencil, but totally unsuccessfully. Eventually the only way to rescue it, was to cut a flower and stick it on. Not quite what I was aiming for, but not a total loss either. I do like the rest of the card though! The thick white paint is so great to work with. It has just enough moisture left to be smeared.

Day 18 - I liked the look of the cut outs from yesterday's flower, so decided to use the negative pieces here. I had cut the flowers from the backing paper that catches the spray by etc. A few off-cuts from the collage sheet and a couple of postage stamps was all I felt it needed to be finished. A really 'simple' card that I could have done a lot more too....and had to work hard to resist doing!

Day 19 - I remembered these gecko images cut from a Telus ad, and since 'collage' was in order for the week, they were included. They make me smile. I had another of those flowers here that gave me trouble on Day 17. This time I painted it bright yellow and covered the whole flower with a yellow dimension paint thingie that I bought years ago. I was surprised (and pleased) it hadn't dried up yet. Then I scooped some left over gold glitter glue from and old and drying glitter glue pen, for the center.  I like the grainy water colours...

Day 20 - More gecko and more grainy water colours. I like the wc so much on yesterday's card I decided I had to play with it some more. I think I would faint of wc did this on a painting, but for this kind of stuff it is perfect! Yay for very cheap high school water colour boxes! The stack of balls of wool/yarn are from yarn catalogues.

Day 21 - Faced with yet another flower, I decided to go dimensional again, this time using coloured paper and it turned out ok. I snipped the tip off the QP that I used a couple days before for the glitter glue, and stuck that on the flower center. I had one more gecko left and decided to include him with his buddies in the set.

The experiment with the collage paper was interesting, and I'm sure I will be doing more along those lines, but even so I'm glad to move on to another set of cards for next week, with a different focus.
I'm enjoying this icad adventure, although I must say it is rather monopolizing my desk at the moment. I don't see myself doing this as a 365 thing, but certainly as something to keep on doing in bursts. It is the perfect way to do something refreshing and creative when you are pressed for time or even limited in supplies.
I have a few ideas for themes that I think will work better in index card form than in a journal/book form, but I'll see what is needed as soon as I get to planning more details for their execution.

For more information on this year's icad take a look HERE