Index-Card-a-Day, Week 4


Only five cards this week. Sometimes life is so complicated, I can’t even make a 3″ x 5″ art masterpiece.

On Day 19 I did a second try for my character Fenton, the fairy prince. (See last week’s post to compare.)


Day 20’s prompt was birdhouse.


On Day 20 I tried to give Fenton a little color. About a year ago, I bought the portrait palette set of Tombow dual brush pens, which I’ve hardly used, so I thought I’d give them a try for Fenton’s skin tone.

In my mind I see his skin as being pale, almost translucent. When I tested the light pink pen, it looked very pale, but when I used it on the face on the left, it looked like Fenton was sunburned. I toned it down with a little beige, but the overall effect is darker than I wanted.

I tried the right side face in beige, but I felt it was too dark and overwhelming, so I added a little pink on the cheeks.

I’ll figure out skin tones someday. The hair and clothing are watercolors.


I didn’t do a card on Day 22, but I used Day 22’s prompt, anchor, on Day 23. I used a Pigma Micron pen and watercolors. This card got the most likes on my Instagram page this week.


Day 24’s prompt was emerald, which made me think of the Emerald Isle. Here’s my Irish scene in watercolor:


And that’s it for this week. It’s not too late to join the challenge. Here is the ICAD information page.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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