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ICAD2019 Wrap Up


The Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month both ended July 31. Here are my last five cards for the challenges.

I haven’t done a lot of Zentangle recently, and I really miss it, so for Day 57 I painted a background and drew a mandala on it, inspired by this video. Patterns used are thumbprint, ko’oke’o, shattuck, onamato, golven (variation), and birds on a wire. This turned out to be my favorite this week:


I watched several watercolor tutorials this week, including one on how to paint flowers, the prompt for World Watercolor Month, Day 28, which inspired this card for Day 58:


Day 59. The World Watercolor Month prompt for Day 29 was Glorious Green, which made me think of leaves:


For Day 60 I wanted to paint a still life of a bowl of fruit. I looked online for a reference photo, but I got distracted by the picture of the bowl of cereal, so I painted that instead (click on the smaller photos to enlarge):

Day 61’s painting was going to be something else, but it wasn’t turning out the way I’d hoped, so I decided to use it as a background and painted a treble clef over it, loosely relating to the prompt of the day, symphony:


This year I made 53 small artworks in 61 days. That’s my personal best for the three years I’ve participated in the challenges. Not all of the cards are that great, but that’s to be expected. We learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. I experimented with some new (for me) techniques, so I am pleased.

ICAD2019: Week 8


Only five little paintings this week for the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month.

Day 50. This one is my favorite this week. The Day 20 prompt for World Watercolor Month was building, so I looked through my Architecture board on Pinterest for a pretty building to paint:

Day 51. The Day 21 prompt for World Watercolor Month was patterns:


On Day 52 I watched a tutorial:


Day 53:


On Day 54 I watched another watercolor pencil tutorial, but I’m not thrilled with my rendition. I did, however, try a new (to me) technique: using the pencils to create a “palette.”


There are only a few days left for the two challenges. I’ll wrap up next Saturday.

ICAD2019: Week 6


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge and World Watercolor Month. I am making small watercolors every day in July.

I watched a video tutorial Angela Fehr posted for World Watercolor Month, which inspired me to try an abstract painting for Day 36:


The prompt for Day 37 was botanical. I attempted to try to paint an impression of these roses that I photographed at Mesa Community College’s rose garden:

On Day 38 I watched a tutorial for drawing a watermelon with watercolor pencils. My past attempts with watercolor pencils were very unsatisfactory. Even though I’d read articles on how to use them, it’s not the same as looking over someone’s shoulder and listening to the artist describe what she’s doing. Apparently, I’d not been pressing hard enough to leave enough pigment on the paper, and I’d only dribbled the water on instead of scrubbing the water with the brush. What a difference!


Every July I get frustrated with what an unpredictable surface index cards are for watercolor. The cards curl up and wrinkle where the water pools. I thought I could get around it by “preparing” the cards by taping them to a hardboard, spraying them with water, and letting them dry before painting. It didn’t work.

So I switched over to watercolor postcards. I’m justifying to myself that they count for ICAD because they’re 4 x 6 inches, the size of a large index card.

Since video tutorials have been working out well for me, I watched another one, which inspired the rest of the cards for the week.

Day 39:


Day 40:


Day 41:


Day 42:


My favorite painting for the week is the watermelon. I think it looks real. I’m excited that it’s a step forward for me, that now I know better how to use the watercolor pencils.

The tree tutorial didn’t help me as much as the others, because even though I could see what the artist was doing, hearing an explanation would have clarified it for me. I need words + the visual.

It’s not too late to jump in and participate–there are still two and a half weeks left, time enough to make 19 little artworks if you start today. It’s fun! No pressure.

ICAD2019: Week 5


I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. I finished the month of June with two more Scripture passages.

Day 29:



Day 30:


For the month of July, I’ll be merging ICAD with World Watercolor Month, whose goal is to make a watercolor painting every day in July. I’ll be painting on index cards in the spirit of ICAD.

I don’t think I’ve done any watercolor since last July.

Day 31/1–the prompt is primary palette. A beach ball is an obvious choice for a red/yellow/blue palette. I also mixed the blue with white for the shadow, and then decided I needed a background, so I blended the light blue with gray. Too much gray. Note to self: in the future, paint the background first.


Day 32/2–the prompt is sunny sky. If my sky seems a little intense, it’s because after three service calls, our air conditioner died, and we had no AC in the Arizona desert for four days. The temperature outside on July 1 was 110; inside was 97. Fortunately, a new unit was installed Tuesday, and our house is much more hospitable now.


Day 33/3–the prompt is picnic food, but I never got beyond the tablecloth. You know how when you put a tablecloth down on the grass, it’s never smooth? That’s the effect I was going for.


Day 34/ 4–I went off-prompt. I painted the background, and when it dried, I tangled two Zentangle patterns, Cindyer and Poa.


Day 35/5–the prompt is loose & free.  I tried to paint a picture of a girl whose long sun-streaked hair was hanging loose and free down her back.


It’s not too late to join in the fun! ICAD and World Watercolor Month run through the end of July.

ICAD 2019 Week 4

ICAD 2019 Week 4

I am taking the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, making tiny art. For the month of June, I’m concentrating on scripture lettering.

I still haven’t gotten the hang of a brush pen. My upstrokes and downstrokes are indistinguishable, even though I’m trying to go up gently and down firmly. Here’s my effort for Day 22:


On Sunday I took a trip to JoAnn’s to buy a specific shade of green thread, and I happened to pass a rack of books on sale for 30% off, and several of them were about lettering and calligraphy. I flipped through them and selected Written By Hand by Erica Tighe, because it’s written for beginners, and she includes step by step instructions for four alphabets. Although she mentions the brush pen method referenced above, she dwells more on lettering that can be achieved with an ordinary pen. My lettering immediately improved. (I also bought the adorable mini-easel.)

Day 23. I really like how God’s will turned out:


Day 24:


Day 25. This is my favorite this week, because of the flowers:


Day 26. Unfortunately, I ruined it when I added the teardrops:


Day 27:


Day 28. I was going to embellish the letters, but it looks fine just the way it is:


It’s not too late to join in. ICAD runs through July 31. You don’t have to do what I’m doing–do whatever would be fun for you.


ICAD 2019 Week 3

ICAD 2019 Week 3

I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, making a tiny artwork on a 3 x 5 card every day.

I’m devoting June to Scripture verses that I’m working on memorizing.

One of the things I like about this challenge is there is no shame in missing a day. Which is good. Because I did.

Day 15. Because this is such a short verse, I decided to try to make it circular. I’m pleased with how it turned out:


Day 16:


Day 17. This is my favorite this week, probably because it’s colorful.


It’s been months since I’ve done any Zentangle, so I decided to try creating some negative space with patterns Herzlbee, Zinger, Luv-A, AuraLeah, Cat-Kin, Quib, Poke Leaf, Verdigogh, and Fescu. Day 18:


Day 19:


Day 21:


It’s not too late to join the fun! ICAD continues through June. Get more information here.

ICAD 2019 Weeks 1 & 2

ICAD 2019 Weeks 1 & 2

This is my fourth year participating in the Index-Card-a-Day (ICAD) Challenge. Theoretically, every day in June and July I will create a piece of art on an index card. (I’ve already missed a few days–I’ll tell you a little more about that in a second.) I plan to post my cards every Saturday.

Yeah, I know, I missed posting last Saturday.

That’s because on Wednesday, June 5 I went to the hospital for what I hoped would be outpatient surgery. Unfortunately, there were complications, and I didn’t go home until Sunday.*

I love this challenge because the demands are small. As in 3 x 5. It also motivates me to try new things.

I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy, but it seems so daunting. You have to learn how to hold the pen or brush so that it consistently makes the thick-and-thin strokes that are characteristic of calligraphy. There are alphabets and flourishes to learn and practice. Carumba! 

But I can start small. I don’t have to learn a whole alphabet. I can just write stuff and embellish it a little. So I decided to combine the ICAD challenge with another project I’m working on–memorizing scripture.

Day 1:


My son Andy gave me a set of alcohol markers. The lighter colors are very suitable for backgrounds on the index cards. I can mark on top of it with pencil and erase it and it doesn’t get messed up.

Day 2:


Day 3. I experimented with a Pigma Brush pen instead of my usual micron pens. The brush pen is tricky to control. It will take practice to make it look nice. I added some flowers to dress it up:


Day 4. This is my favorite so far, I think because of the colors:


Day 10:


Day 11:


Day 12:


Day 13:


Day 14:


*(Everything’s good. I had a mass removed from my abdomen. It had infiltrated the blood vessels to my small intestine, and the doctor had to cut out a section. The tumor was not malignant.)