Friday, July 8, 2011

icad 7/1 - 7/6

This week's cards.

the first one I did at the bookstore with the book club ladies - just doodles

2nd one I did at the bookstore with the book club ladies - doodles in letters
playing with watercolors on the 4th

my dog sleeping in DH's lap on the couch

this one started life as just circles but once I began to color them,
they started looking like life savers to me. I journaled about life being a circle
and the concept of living your life over and over until you get it right.
What if you never get it right? How do you know which parts to work
on the next time around?

What I've learned from ICAD is that I can't do something artsy every day. All the encouraging blogs and projects that push the 'aren't you worth ten minutes a day?' idea sort of just end up making me feel bad. I don't even have an especially crazy life but my moods are usually my determining factor as to whether or not I can make art on a given day, and some days it just ain't happenin'.
So... coming completely clean - I usually do several icad cards when I sit down to work on them, then date them out ahead. Sometimes I end up a week and a half ahead, sometimes I'm one short, like today. I think I did another card at work the other day but forgot to bring it home for today's roundup. On the days I don't do icads, I try to journal or work on swap ATCs or whatever else I have going. I think I sort of have to get in the mindset of working on that size canvass, and once I do, I want to do more than one.
After icad is over, I think I'll use ATC backgrounds as my art-every-day thing. Then I'll always have a good stash of backgrounds available when I'm ready to make ATCs, which have turned out to be my preferred art format.
Can't wait to read what everyone else got out of icad.


  1. I giggled at the "practice your letters" and yes, just how many times do I have to come back to get *it* right?!!!! I sure understand making more than one card at a time. When I'm on a roll, I'm on a roll! :D :D

  2. I think the 5 min icad a day is a way to encourage those that don't believe they ever have the time to be creative. That's probably not you:)!!. Sometimes I do two in a day and skip the next too, depends on how inspired I am I guess. And I LOVE the first card!! Doodling is my favorite :). And forgive my greenness, but what is ATC?

  3. I think my fav is the 'practice your letters' card! but they are all good...and don't let the bloggers make you feel bad, they (we) are just trying to encourage you! but each to their own, absolutely. thanks for stopping by my blog too. really appreciate it!

  4. Hi all your cards...I really like the one about practicing your letters. I sometimes get behind and do two in one day...I think however and whatever you want to way cool!

  5. Love your cards - especially the sketch of your dog. Also appreciate your honesty and where you coming from in your journal entry. Way to keep it real! :)

  6. I was looking for your cards on flickr so I could comment on the top card! I love the happy doodly rainbows, so free and fun. I tend to bounce around between different types of art - a little of this, a little of that, rather than intense focus on one thing for a few days. I am happy to know that you are doing ICAD in a way that works for you - it's really whatever you want it to be.

  7. You are not alone, I sometimes do this too. I try to "push" to make art but sometimes I'm home late, to tired, or like you said, inspired to make several cards in one sitting. Thanks for sharing!

    My favorite in this pile is the first one, doodle love!