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Index-Card-a-Day and World Watercolor Month Wrap Up


I’ve been participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month, which ended yesterday. Here are my final cards.

The ICAD Day 54 prompt was outline. This is my interpretation:


Day 55’s prompt was paisley. I painted a wet-on-wet watercolor background and drew on top of it.


World Watercolor Month’s prompt for Day 27 was shine:


ICAD’s Day 58 prompt was tea set:


Day 29’s prompt for World Watercolor Month was yesterday. My response is based on the Lennon-McCartney song. This is the most liked post on my Instagram page this week:


For Day 30, I decided to fiddle with an idea for a logo for ARHtistic License:


I went off-prompt for the final day of both challenges. Months ago I tore a page out of a magazine that had a picture of paper plates printed with folk-art florals, which inspired this. It’s my personal favorite of the week and possibly of the entire challenge.


All in all, I completed 54 cards. Technically I only participated on 51 of the 61 days, but one day I painted 4 cards.


I love doing challenges because it stretches me, encourages me to try new things, learn things I didn’t know before. I hope you’ll join me next year.

Index-Card-a-Day Week 8; World Watercolor Month Week 4


I’m participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month. I completed six cards this week.

The ICAD day 47 prompt was pencil:


Day 48 I went off-prompt. Of course, you know, I’d have to fit in a unicorn at some point during the challenge.


The prompt for day 49 was orchard. For day 19 of World Watercolor Month it was favorite scent. A blooming cherry tree fits both. I copied this tree from Anna Koliadych’s book, 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces. This card got the most likes this week on my Instagram page.


Day 50 I went off-prompt. I’m working on a book of poems for children, which I plan to illustrate myself. The illustrations will be black-and-white line drawings, but this is World Watercolor Month, so I painted this one accordingly. The poem is about a boy learning to write a thank you note for a sweater knitted by his grandmother.


Day 51’s prompt of blue (my favorite color) reminded me how much I loved “sky blue” popsicles from the Good Humor man when I was a child.


Day 52 I also went off-prompt. This is an illustration for a poem about a boy who is disappointed with his new haircut. I think this is my favorite card of the week.



Index-Card-a-Day Week 7; World Watercolor Month Week 3


I’m participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month. I completed six cards this week.

ICAD Day 40’s prompt was gradient. I’ve never painted a gradient before. I watched a how-to video that seemed counter-intuitive to me. (I meant to include it in this post, but I can’t find it again.) Anyway, it started with a saturated section on top and then dipping your brush in water and drawing the pigment down, tilting your board so that gravity works with you, and repeating the dipping and drawing. I would have thought that you start with a wash and then build up the pigment little by little with layering. Anyhow, it was more challenging than I would have thought. Here are four tries:


Day 41’s prompt was cinnamon or spice, which made me think of my favorite tea, Constant Comment. When I was teaching, as soon as I got to school in the morning, I’d go brew a cup of tea in my favorite mug.

Favorite mug

Here is my watercolor version:


Day 42’s prompt was knot, so I tried some Celtic knots:


On Day 44 I didn’t like the prompt, so I did another try of my character, Fenton, the fairy prince. I think this is my best portrait of him so far. It’s also my favorite card this week.


All my Fentons still look like different people. I’m not yet able to draw him consistently.

Amy Cowen, an artist who I follow on Instagram, draws a face almost every day. I think that’s what I’m going to have to do. Maybe I’ll do it for ICAD next year.

On Day 45 I went off-prompt and did a Zentangle string instead. First I painted a wet-on-wet swirl design as a background, then when it dried, I drew on top of it. The patterns used are stoic, orlique, quipple, and wadical. This was my most-liked card on my Instagram page this week.


Day 47 I went off-prompt again and painted a platypus:


Index-Card-a-Day Week 6; World Watercolor Month Week 2


I’m participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month. I completed six cards this week.

The ICAD Day 33 prompt was periwinkle. As of this writing, it has the most “likes” this week on my Instagram page.


Day 34’s prompt was board game:


Day 35 was lantern:


Day 37 was hydrangea:


World Watercolor Month prompt for Day 8 was fall. I chose to experiment with wet-on-wet in fall colors.


WWM Day 9 prompt was fruit. I copied this little project from 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces by Anna Koliadych. I think this is my favorite this week:


Did you post projects for an art challenge this week? Feel free to add a link to the comments below so we all can see!

Index-Card-a-Day Week 5; World Watercolor Month Week 1


I’ve been participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and as of July 1, I’m doing double duty with World Watercolor Month. I only managed five cards this week.

Day 25’s prompt was bougainvillea, which flourishes in my area. I used this as a reference photo:


But I knew I’d never be able to paint it, so I decided to aim for something a little more impressionistic. I used watercolor pencils.


The prompt for Day 27 was souvenir. Colored pencils.


The prompt for Day 29 was citrus. I used this as a reference photo:

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My card turned out a bit more primitive looking. This card got the most likes this week on my Instagram page.


The Day 1 prompt for World Watercolor Month was rejoice, which reminded me of this Bible verse. To add to the celebration aspect, I wanted to add confetti, so I did some paint spatter. Unfortunately, it looks more like a condiment accident.


ICAD Day 32’s prompt was earrings. I have a very creative friend who makes beautiful earrings, so I made a portrait of her. I wonder if she will recognize herself. I painted this from a picture she recently posted on Instagram.



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.

Index-Card-a-Day, Week 3

Index-Card-a-Day, Week 3

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

On Day 12 I decided to create an illustration for a fairy tale I’m writing. This is my first try at drawing Fenton, who is a fairy prince.


Day 13’s prompt was kite. Stabilo pens on watercolor background.


Day 14’s prompt was chamomile. I drew it with Stabilo pens. This is my favorite card this week. (It was also my most liked card on Instagram this week.) It was fun to do. Because of the repetitiveness of it, I entered a mindful state; I’m counting this as a Zentangle pattern.


Day 15’s prompt was dandelion. Stabilo pens and white gelly roll pen on watercolor background.


Day 16 was a busy day for me; no card.

One of the themes for week 3 is collage, so I that’s what I did for Days 17 and 18. The College of New Jersey, where I did my Masters degree, has the most beautiful alumni magazine; I cut up the latest issue to make these:



Index-Card-a-Day, Week 2

Index-Card-a-Day, Week 2

I’m participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we make a piece of art every day on a 3″ x 5″ card. This week I ignored the prompt most days.

I love the creative work of illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, including her found object art, so on Day 5 I tried one myself.


My most popular card on Instagram this week was my Day 6 card, prompt: dreamcatcher.


Toward my ongoing goal of drawing people, on Day 7 I made some emojis, trying to figure out how to change the facial features to portray the different emotions.


One of the benefits of participating in challenges is sometimes you have to learn something new. The prompt for Day 8 was suzani pattern. I didn’t know what that was.

It turns out suzani is a colorful embroidered textile from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. I looked at pictures of some, and drew a pattern based on them. I used Stabilo pens on a watercolor background. This is my personal favorite this week.


Day 9 I found a reference drawing on my art inspiration board, and I copied it, except I changed the hands and feet.


On Day 10 I watched a video about drawing children’s faces.

This is my try:


For Day 11 I attempted to draw the same boy again, but with four different expressions. But they ended up being four different boys. I suspect I’ll have to draw this boy a few hundred times before I can draw him consistently. I like the surprised boy best.


Index-Card-a-Day, Week 1


Every June and July I participate in the #dyicad (Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day) challenge. I commit to making a piece of art on an index card for every day for two months. The idea is that a 2″ x 3″ artwork is absolutely achievable on a daily basis.

I missed Day 1 of the challenge. Although I had ideas for the prompt (hopscotch), my sketches were unsuccessful, and I knew that Monday was just not my day.

Day 2’s prompt was marigold:


I chose not to use Day 3’s prompt (which is only a suggestion). Instead I drew a self-portrait, because I want to get better at drawing people.


On Day 4 I drew another person, not based on anyone in particular.


Each Saturday for the next two months, I will show you my icads up through Thursday.

By the way, July is World Watercolor Month, when I make a watercolor on an index card (or maybe on an “illegal” watercolor post card) so that I can qualify for two challenges with one entry.