Thursday, June 12, 2014

most useful tool

Wanna know the tool I've been using most often lately, and have found most indispensable?

It's not my trusty brayer, or my sharpest scissors, or some fancy gimmick.

It's this:

A humble piece of cardboard with a 3x5" hole in it.
Every night I sit down to create my index card collage, and as I push my bits of paper this way and that trying to find a nice composition.....

Laying this frame on top makes everything become very clear:

And what starts as a pile of scraps quickly becomes the finished 3x5 collage.

Here are my other index cards from this week:



I'll be taking the ICAD show on the road for the next 5 days as we drive south to spend time with family.  You can bet I'll be packing my trusty cardboard.

In the meantime, I've been interviewed by the wonderful Amy Hood for issue four of her "Art Together" zine!  The zine became available for sale a few days ago, and Amy has an excerpt of my interview on her website today.


  1. Love your index cards Karen....and yes isolating portions of your arrangement can also lead you to better and more interesting compositions.

  2. I love the one with the picture of you!

  3. Great ICaDs! I have other sizes of mat boards cut out for the same reason, and always forget to use them - thanks for the reminder!! Now to go catch up on my ICaDs :D! Enjoy your trip!

  4. Love the viewfinder! It's so very useful. I've used them when drawing from life but never thought about it as a collage tool. Thanks!

  5. Aren't the most mundane things always the best tools. Who needs fancy when cardboard will do. Great "quoted" xox

  6. I do that same thing with a 2.5x3.5 for ATCs.

    Cool icads, especially the first and last ones.

  7. Love this! It could work with an ATC card, too...a 2.5" x 3.5" hole!

  8. I love this! It could work for an ATC, too..a 2.5" x 3.5" hole!