She’s been doing this challenge for at least a couple years now and the only rule is that you have to use index cards as your “canvas”. You can use any medium or mixed media combo you want and people came up with some pretty amazing ideas. The idea was to do one index card a day but she suggests committing to 7 a week (which was a big help with keeping the pressure from being overwhelming for me). She posted optional themes for each week and a list of (again, optional) prompts to choose from. I decided to use mine to created a catalogue of quotes that I want to remember for future pieces and experiment with different techniques and mediums. At first, I found myself really leaning on the themes and prompts. After the first month, though, I was just inspired by everyone else’s work and I had more than enough ideas on my own. I followed her Facebook group pretty closely and checked out the Flickr group fairly often, as well.
As a relatively new blogger, and a newly committed crafter, this has been an amazing experience. It really got me to focus on doing something creative almost every day. I also tried out a lot of new techniques, discovered a lot of new crafters on Flickr, and got a boatload of encouragement from Facebook. Looking back on my 61 cards, I can see so much growth in my work and willingness to experiment. I don’t really like all the cards I made, by any means, but I do like that I made them. And there are several that I really do love and feel so proud of. I, honestly, couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend the first couple months of my summer and I can’t wait for next summer’s challenge.
Here are some other bloggers who also been doing the challenge and who’ve provided me with additional inspiration:
http://defineyourjoy.com/2013/07/27/last-full-week-of-index-cards/ – I kept coming back to Natasha’s blog. She focused on collage for her cards, but even given that boundary she had such a wide variety. I loved seeing her daughter’s cards displayed right alongside hers and hearing how proud her daughter was of her work and their posts.
http://tangledpen.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/thank-you-index-cards/ – She has some lovely cards and is a great drawer (a talent I envy). Her son joined in, as well.
http://journey2wonderful.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/mini-art-challenge-week-8/ – Just like my theme was inspirational quotes, hers was illustrating books she’d read. Some of them sound really good, and the cards make them all the more interesting.
http://joyfulploys.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/final-icads/ – Mary did all 61 cards. I love her style. There’s a great mixture of bold, contemporary pieces with vintage and more subtle tones mixed in.
http://pixelknitsponderings.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/index-card-a-day-2013-the-last-cards/ – Janet also did all 61 cards and has a great group shot of them at the end. Congrats!!
Finally, I’ve been posting mine in little groups all along, so if you want to see some others check out the ICAD tag on my tag cloud. Here (drumroll) are my last few cards:
“Leap and the net will appear” really sums up my feeling about doing this challenge. I jumped in, let go of judgement (over and over again), and kept creating. I think that’s kind of what the challenge was about. What do you think?