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ICAD2019: Week 5

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

Day 29:

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Day 30:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

#dyicad2017 Days 55-61

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#dyicad2017 Days 55-61

The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month are over. I’m so glad that I participated. I’d love to say I’ll continue making a drawing or a painting every day, but I know I won’t. However, maybe I’ll at least work on an artistic project every other day. (That was my goal for this year–make art on even-numbered days, and write a poem on odd-numbered days. Maybe I can actually do that for the next five months. We’ll see.)

Here are my cards from the last week:

Day 55, using World Watercolor Month prompt for Day 25, Cherry, Lemon & Turquoise, I dropped those colors on a wet watercolor postcard, and this happened:

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Day 56, I responded to  The Daily Post prompt, Tea:

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Day 57’s prompt was Spring. I interpreted it with a zentangle pattern, Msst, which reminds me of Spanish moss:

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For Day 58, I took World Watercolor Month’s prompt of Lollipops:

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Day 59’s prompt was Autumn. I thought of the project we were assigned every November in elementary school, to draw or color a cornucopia:

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For Day 60’s prompt, Winter, I offer a pine branch and cone, one of the few watercolors I did without sketching it out first:

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For Day 61, I went with World Watercolor Month’s prompt, Things with Wings. I used a photograph I took last year when I went to Butterfly Wonderland with my brother, my daughter Erin, and her husband as a reference. I think this is my favorite card this week:

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I missed three days, so I ended up with 58 mini-masterpieces for the two months:

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All photos and artwork © by ARHuelsenbeck.

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#dyicad2017 Days 48-54

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#dyicad2017 Days 48-54

In June and July, I am participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we create a little something on an index card every day–61 mini-masterpieces. And July is World Watercolor Month, so my July cards will feature watercolor. I will be posting my projects every Tuesday.

Day 48’s prompt was intersection. I practiced lots of intersections with a basketweave Zentangle pattern.

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On Day 49 I went with the Week 7 theme of garden and got in touch with my inner Monet.

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Day 50’s prompt was sun.

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Day 51’s prompt was gate. This is my favorite card of the week.

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On Day 52 I chose to use the World Watercolor Month prompt for Day 22, colors of summer. This is a Zentangle pattern called Goldilocks.

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For the last two days, I went rogue (off-prompt). Below is a Zentangle pattern called B-horn. I don’t know the significance of the name. To me it looks like knotty wood.

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This is a Zentangle pattern called Ditto.

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I’m having so much fun with these challenges, and you can, too. Only 7 more days–you don’t even have to make up the days you missed. Click the links in the first paragraph for more details.

#dyicad2017 Days 41-47

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#dyicad2017 Days 41-47

In June and July, I am participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we create a little something on an index card every day–61 mini-masterpieces. And July is World Watercolor Month, so my July cards will feature watercolor. I will be posting my projects every Tuesday.

Day 41’s prompt was roots, and I thought I’d try my hand at a greenman. He looks more like a monkey. Oh, well.

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Day 42’s prompt was onomatopoeia. I decided to go all comic book:

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The next three days I went off prompt. On Day 43 I tried another half-mandala. It’s my favorite card this week:

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On Day 44, I practiced a zentangle pattern, Crux:

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On Day 45, I tried zentangle pattern Quare. It reminded me of an asymmetrical quilt block, so I painted it like an old-fashioned scrap quilt.

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Day 46’s prompt was love:

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And the prompt for World Watercolor Month for Day 17 was running wild. My first thought was to paint a tiger.

Tigers are hard. I painted a toucan instead.

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I’m having so much fun with these challenges, and you can, too. It’s not too late to join! You don’t even have to make up the days you missed. Click the links in the first paragraph for more details.

#dyicad2017 Days 34-40

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#dyicad2017 Days 34-40

In June and July, I am participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we create a little something on an index card every day–61 mini-masterpieces. And July is World Watercolor Month, so my July cards will feature watercolor. I will be posting my projects every Tuesday.

For Day 34 I used the Daily Post prompt, sail. I am also using this card for World Watercolor Month’s Day 5 prompt, summer sky.

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Day 35’s prompt was fav kind of apple. My favorite apple is a pink lady:

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Day 36’s prompt was perfume. I think garlic is one of the best fragrances ever. When you smell garlic, it means something delicious is cooking.

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I’m off prompt for Day 37. I was itching to do some Zentangle. The design below is called bumpkenz.

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Day 38’s prompt was charcoal.

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Day 39’s prompt was ampersand. This card is sloppier than I would like; I should have used a smaller brush.

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I’m off prompt again on Day 40. You had to know I’d eventually draw a unicorn.

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I’m having so much fun with these challenges, and you can, too. It’s not too late to join! You don’t even have to make up the days you missed. Click the links in the first paragraph for more details.

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#dyicad2017 Days 27-33

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#dyicad2017 Days 27-33

Happy birthday, U.S. of A.! And if you’re taking time out of your busy holiday to visit ARHtistic License, thank you for stopping by.

In June and July, I am participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we create a little something on an index card every day–61 mini-masterpieces. And July is World Watercolor Month, so my July cards will feature watercolor. I will be posting my projects every Tuesday.

Day 27’s prompt was farm, which is, of course, the perfect excuse to practice some zentangle:

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Somehow Day 28 just passed me by.

Day 29’s prompt was polka dots. Again, another excuse to practice zentangle. (Plus, I got a new zentangle book and I wanted to try out some designs.) I really like Fracas.

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On Day 30, I chose to use The Daily Post‘s prompt, snack.

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On Day 31, I started constructing a grid for a zentangle pattern, and then I realized I did it incorrectly. Man! Yet, it still kind of fits the prompt, wallpaper. Too bad I forgot it was the first day of World Watercolor Month; I could have done something different with it.

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Day 32’s prompt was dessert. 

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And Day 33’s prompt was Orange. This might be my favorite card this week.

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It’s not too late to join these challenges. You don’t even have to make up the days you missed. Click the links in the first paragraph for more details.

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ICAD Day 61: Peacock Feather

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ICAD Day 61: Peacock Feather

Inspired by a painting by Vicky Ink.

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Today is the last day of the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge and World Watercolor Month. For 61 days (okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I missed six days) I created a little piece of art  just big enough to fit on an index card. It was a stretch for me, and some pieces were a lot less successful than the others, but 55 little artworks in the space of two months is a lifetime record for me. Fun, and challenging, to be sure–and it proved to me that I can acquire a new skill, even at my advanced age.

Search for the hashtags #icad2016 and #WorldWatercolorMonth on social media if you would like so see what other participants are doing.