Sunday, June 28, 2015

One Day At a Time

The month of June has just flown by! It seems like I just posted last week but no, it was a month ago! How can that be???

I feel like I haven't been busy creating anything lately and yet I have been. I joined the Index Card a Day challenge over at Daisy Yellow. And I can proudly say that I have not missed a day yet!

Now do not worry, I am not going to bombard you with 27 index cards lol
I will just show you a few of my favorites. You can see all my cards on my ICAD Pinterest board

I found that for the most part the cards I like the most are the ones that pushed me out of my comfort zone or ones that I did things I never did before or not in a very long time.

I am using 3 x 5 unlined index cards.

Ok, so this one doesn't fall into any of those above mentioned categories lol  It is just me being my quirky/goofy self. The prompt was Carnival. I used watercolor pencils to create the tent and then added the stamped images. The Chicken is from Art Gone Wild, Dog from Rubber Stamps of America, Elephant from ImaginAir, Ticket and Clock from Tim Holtz.

 The prompt was Draw a Map. I immediately thought pirate treasure map. I wanted it to look like old parchment that was rolled and crumbling on the edges. It has been many many years since I tried to create dimension and 3D effects. I think I succeeded in the rolled edge on the right.
This piece was done entirely with Prismacolor pencils. 

 I have never drawn a car in my life. All the boys in school would sit and draw/doodle cars all day long. I'm a girl, I doodled flowers and horses lol

The prompt was Taxi. I wanted a vintage looking taxi. I found a photo of an old 50's Chevy taxi and went from there. This was all hand drawn with graphite pencil then colored with Derwent Graphitint pencils and Prismacolor pencils.

The license plate is a salute to one of my favorite TV shows. (how come it isn't in reruns like all the other shows from that time???)

 The prompt was Carrot and Lemon. I used Distress inks to created the carrot colored background and then painted the lemon with acrylics. I haven't done any still life paintings/drawing since high school and I don't think we ever drew fruit. lol

Ok, back to goofy! The prompt was Blueberry and Plum. I was googling blueberry just so I would have a real subject to draw/paint when I found a photo of this single blueberry. For some reason it said 'baby bird' and here we are. lol
The background is Distress Inks, the nest is acrylics, the tree is drawn with Sharpie pen. 

The prompt was Salt and Pepper.  Here we are way outside the comfort zone. I initially was going to find a photo of an 'Old Salt' and create a collage but instead, I did a portrait. I have never done a portrait like this before. I drew the man and then colored him with Prismacolor pencils. I then added the dog. (my aunt had a miniature schnauzer name Pepper so now this sailor does too) The clouds were created with chalks. 

Prompt of the day....Wabi Sabi. I had to google that one and I am still not 100% sure what it is but from what I understand it is seeing beauty in everything good or bad or falling apart. 
Our fence is old, cracked, weathered. The neighbors grapevines are growing through some of the spaces between the boards (don't get me started on how much that annoys me!!!)

I wanted to try and draw this old, cracking knot hole. I used primarily graphite pencil with a little Prismacolor and Graphitints thrown in for color.

I included a photo of the fence so you can see what I was actually trying to draw. :-)

Psychedelic. I didn't like it when it was originally popular so I was not too keen on using it as a prompt but the idea came to me and I ran with it and I am thrilled with the results. 
The hair was colored with Sharpies and Bic permanent markers. The moon was colored with Prismacolor pencils. The background is black Sharpie.

Oh but look! I did things other than a card a day lol

The latest building from SVG Cuts is the Country Market set. 

It took me about a week, working a couple hours a day, to complete. I used my Cricut Explore to really personalize all the signs.

I love how this turned out! It is so cute and vintage American small town.

And thought we would never get to the end didn't you?

I am in a tag swap with the BadBabies. We are using the big shipping tags.

I used Distress Inks for the background.
I then painted the peacock feather.
The definition is from a really old dictionary and I printed "Beauty" on my computer.

It needed something more so I did a gel medium transfer and added the peacock, glued down the definition and word. Added some distress inks to Beauty and spritzed the definition with Dylusions to settle them into the piece. The colors are not so muted in person and I am very happy with the results.

Well that about covers this past month. I hope every one is staying cool in these record breaking high temperatures and getting lots of projects created.

I have another month of index cards to create...and very excited to do so! :-)

Happy Summer!