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ICAD Roundup Week 1


Yes, it’s that time of year again when Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow hosts her annual Index-Card-A-Day challenge which runs from June 1 through July 31. We’ve just wrapped up week 1 already & above are my first 7 cards.

This is my 3rd year participating in the challenge & each year I wonder if I will be able to come up with new ideas, & I always surprise myself!  Whether I follow Tammy’s prompts or not, I find myself inspired by something, be it color, shapes, a word, whatever! That’s what makes this challenge so much fun…you just never know where inspiration & intuition will take you!





On Creative Planning

I continue to experiment with {slightly} different formats in my creative planner/journal. I began March in the usual  layout & was quite pleased with the results. I have also decided to go back to creating weekly cards which incorporate a word of the week (this one from Teresa’s Right Brain Planning pages). These cards are like touchstones for me & help me to set my intentions & the tone for the upcoming  week.  They also contain colors & scraps from art that I have created during that week as well as any images & words I find that “speak to me” in some way. You can see the card taped on the top of the page.


This week’s format, below, is slightly different. Rather than having the days listed vertically on the side, I was inspired by something  I saw on Teresa’s pages. Since I am in the middle of participating in a Mandala workshop, I am very drawn to circles, so I decided to use the circle as my focal point that includes my days for this week. This page started with a gelli print as well & as the week goes on I will be adding more journaling,  ephemera, doodles & images. I ‘m thinking the entire spread is a bit dark in color, but oh well, we’ll see how it all works out by week’ s end.


Here’s a close-up of the cards (created on old playing cards):


Next week, I’m thinking of changing up the look of my planning pages altogether (I get bored fast! lol!), we’ll see…stay tuned.

How do you plan? What methods & materials do you use? I would love to know!

Catching up before it’s November!

There is so much going on in my little corner of NYC that it is hard to keep my head above water these days! However, I continue to manage to create some kind of art each day. I admit, it has not been anything big right now, but even just 10 minutes a day has a way of soothing my soul, calming my nerves & centering me right back to where I should be!

I started October off with participating inthe INKTOBER challenge. A very simple challenge: one ink drawing a day for 31 days, that’s it! I personally challenged myself to brush up on my observational drawing skills. Here are a few of what I have done in my mini Moleskine (3.5″ x5″)






 My daughter challenged me to draw the view from her room in less than 10 minutes! (she’s tough!!)


Just a small sampling of what I have been up to lately!

Please keep posted as I will have an exciting little announcement later in the week!

Mandala Love: Daisy Yellow’s AJT&T No. 9

imageLast  week I treated myself to a quick trip to the art store & bought myself  a bottle of Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink in Turquoise (among other things, ha). I had no immediate plan to use it, but when I saw Tammy Garcia’s latest  Art Journal Tangents & Tactics video (no. 9 in the series), I knew I had to give it a try!

I drew a quick, sketchy, flower-y mandala using my Stabilo water soluble pencil.  I added 2 drops of the ink (oh my goodness, that color is even more delicious & rich in person!) which is super saturated. I spritzed the mandala with water, let the ink “burst” onto the page, grabbed my paintbrush &  let it dance over the page.

I love the way the ink & pencil combined into different shades & the way in which the gradations of color appears like clouds. I cannot wait to play more using this technique as I think the possibilities could be endless! Think I ‘ll be on my way back to the art store soon to pick up a few more colors of that luscious ink!

If you haven’t done so already, go here & give it a try!




What?!? It’s October 3rd???

I know, I know, I have been completely negligent about updating this blog! The summer flew by in a blur,  the way in which summers often do, then we slammed right into a new school year for my daughter. This  happens to be a BIG year for her as we start applying for middle school. In between all the *fun* stuff like school meetings,homework, afterschool, and life in general, I really have been making art! I just don’t have the photos yet.

SOON!! Very soon, I will have some photos of what I have been up to! Promise!

In the meantime, just wanted to say “Hi & I really am back!”

Hope you are all doing well out there too!



Tammy, over at Daisy Yellow, always has some exciting projects going on! Last week, she kicked off her {free; I told you she is a generous soul!} Art Journal Tangents & Tactics series with a cool little tutorial on creating a Starburst journaling page.

I had a blast doing this & I can see doing many more variations in the near future. I used watercolors, gouache & my trusty black Gelly roll pen. A fun way to incorporate doodles, patterns & designs all on one page.

Hop on over here to see many more Starbursts! Try one for yourself, they are so fun & relaxing too!

Summer of Color Week 6

I really enjoyed this year’s Summer of Color Choices this year! Always a little sad to see it come to an end. Just want to give a BIG Shout Out & Thank You to Kristen at Twinkle Twinkle Like a Star for hosting this fun challenge!

Here’s what I did this week:

imageAs I am right, smack in the thick of Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day Challenge, I decided to play with the colors on index cards first. Let me just say, I ADORE this color combination & it has made its way into many of my works recently. For some reason, the colors are showing up much lighter than they really are. These were done with acrylics,  gouache , found text & some stamps from cardboard & a taperoll.

imageThis one is also on an index card made with gouache, washi tape, found images & some embroidery thread. I really like how this one turned out. (Shhh…there’s a little bit of blue in there too…don’t tell anyone! 😉 ).

Lots of fun this summer with this challenge…I did miss one (red, royal blue & aqua) as we were on vacation. I was looking for that color combo anywhere so I could take a quick pic, but never came across it. Ah well, I will just have to do it now!



ICAD 2014 – it’s almost time!

  ICAD 31 cards in 31 days

(31 Index cards – halfway through the challenge last year)

Last year I participated in Daisy Yellow’s Index Card a Day challenge for the first time & it was a BLAST!  A small & inexpensive format, I had nothing to fear! No big, blank page staring back at me, expecting so much…nope, just a 3×5 index card,whispering, “Come play with me”. And play I did!  From painting, collage, craypas, Gelly rolls & Sharpies, I documented 61 days of my summer. In essence, those cards became my Summer 2013 diary.

I even brought my cards & markers with me on vacation. Those cards that I did on vacation turned out to be my very favorites as they now serve as great memories to those days. A long car ride to the Grand Canyon is documented by the different types of trees we saw along the way…not in a photo, but in a sketch on an index card… & I remember every moment, like  the songs my daughter & I sang in the car along the way (“Mirror” by Justin Timberlake, “Safe & Sound” by Capital Cities, to name just a couple!)…art has the power to do that – evoke memories & feelings.


(Index card, black tempera paint, gelly roll pens)

So, if you haven’t already done so, go to the Daisy Yellow site to find out all the details, then join the Daisy Yellow Facebook group &the Daisy Yellow Index Card a Day 2014 Facebook group, hosted by the ever talented, generous art soul, Tammy Garcia. You will be so glad you did! And here’s the thing…it’s free! No registration or anything, just join the Facebook groups! The ICAD party starts June 1st! Hope to see you there!