...until Daisy Yellow's annual Index-Card-A-Day challenge begins!
This will be my fourth year participating in ICAD, and I absolutely love it.
The challenge, as the name implies, is to make a piece of art on an index card every day from June 1st - July 31st.
Tammy (our hostess) has written a fabulous and comprehensive FAQ about the challenge.
If you enjoy the social aspect of art groups, there's an ICAD flickr group and an ICAD facebook page, as well as a weekly Mr. Linky from Tammy's ICAD blog.
Doing this challenge in 2011 changed my life. I kid you not. I'm not overstating this. Getting into the habit of making something every day was transforming. It taught me that it IS possible for me to find time to create every day, no matter how busy I think I am. It taught me that even 5 minutes of creative effort each day makes me a happier, healthier person. It taught me that on days I think I don't want to create, if I just do a teeny little something I will probably get so energized that I will end up creating for hours. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, by posting my cards in the flickr group, and browsing everyone else's submissions, I met some wonderful artists who have now become my friends.
The beauty of this challenge is the ephemeral nature of index cards. As Tammy says...
"The challenge is about the DOING and not the KEEPING or PRESERVING or ARCHIVING. It is the process of creating each day that matters."
Index cards aren't precious. They are cheap and plentiful. I can paint, draw or collage on them and if I don't like what I made I can toss it in the recycle bin and grab another. and another.
This morning, as a warm-up, I sat down and made these five quick cards, using nothing but the scraps on my desk. It has me incredibly excited for this year's challenge. I hope you'll consider playing along!