Here are two more additions to my growing ICAD collection. I LOVE this exercise and am so grateful for finding the project and having the courage to jump in. Thanks, Tammy! Here’s the link to her page, in case you want to join in (or be inspired):
I’m enjoying seeing other people’s ICAD contributions almost as much as I’m enjoying making them myself. Here are some other WordPress bloggers who have some great collections going:
http://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/i-think-icad-i-think-icad-i-think-icad/ – Lynn is posting hers once a week. Although she doesn’t promise she’ll be able to keep them up for the whole summer (but who can?), I love what she’s done so far! The coolest thing is that in another post she’s given a link for turning a print (in her case, an ICAD) into fabric at http://www.spoonflower.com/ . I really want to try it!
http://missdiane73.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/icad-day-8/ – She’s posting a couple at a time. This is my favorite of hers, so far. I love how graphically bold it is and I like that she’s also using quotes on her cards.
http://thebatamonblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/two-more-war-comic-icads-a-theme-in-my-artwork/ – Here’s a young artist who’s jumping in on the fun. He’s using pencil drawings for his cards and has a great eye for shading and dimension. Keep up the great work!
Here are my next 4 ICAD projects. They actually all sprung from the first one, which was built around the proverb: “Bloom where you are planted”. I was looking through my magazine word and image collection to do a collage, knowing that I’m not great at drawing and wanted flowers (for obvious reasons). I couldn’t find the words, so I got out my Geli-stix pens (with this week’s theme being “ink”). I don’t know why I still have those pens because I’ve never liked them. They only work intermittently, so I have to go over and over the lines and it wasn’t the look I was going for here. Oh well. I tried drawing some flowers on it, but didn’t like those much either. I can’t throw anything away (hence, the pens) so I decided to experiment. I screwed open the pen and used an Xacto knife to cut the cylinder that holds the ink. I tapped, and blew, and flicked the ink all over my little card. It was so fun. So I opened up a couple more pens. Then, I took a couple other cards and blotted up the extra ink, giving me backgrounds for 3 more cards! And these are my final products:
Of course, the last one is the the original card. (Remember, I can’t throw anything away.) I went over the original lettering with a silver and a black sharpie. I guess my little card did bloom, after all.
The best part of the story is that I posted another card on Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Facebook page, saying that I really didn’t like those Geli-stix. Another person in the group suggested that I gift them to her, because she would use them. As I was going through my aforementioned magazine word collection looking for the first quote (that I ended up doing a lot of word-by-word and letter-by-letter) I found the quote from the Bhagavad Gita… a perfect way to use one of my inky backgrounds.
This whole exercise was certainly an “adventure of the mind”. I love how things work out sometimes when I open myself up to whatever the Universe might bring me. THAT’S the source of all creativity, I think.