Saturday, June 1, 2013

What's Going On In There and ICAD Day 1

Here's my most recent page, drawing done in colored pencils only, journaling in Souffle and Pitt Pens:
"Some changes happen deep down inside of you.  And the truth is, only you know about them." - Judy Blume
I'm always curious to know how other people view things.  I sometimes have the strongest desire to be able to see life out of someone else's eyes.  Not because I want to be that person, but because I think people are so interesting.  I guess I could make a poor comparison to Jane Goodall and her relationship with primates.  I mean this in that I sometimes feel like an outsider looking in on something I know I'll never really be a part of with extreme fascination.  I want to know what motivates people, what makes them the way they are as individuals.  I wonder why I notice certain things that other people don't and vise versa.  I guess that's what I was thinking about when I did this page.

I've been excitedly waiting for ICAD to start since I first heard about it.  ICAD is a challenge to create something on an index card each day.  You can learn more about it HERE.  The idea of doing something creative everyday appealed to me quite a bit, especially so that I could practice things without the pressure of making something 'pretty'...if it turns out horribly, who cares?  It's just an index card!  And if it turns out well, then I can paste it in my art journal or try to recreate it on a page.

As usual, I was an overachiever and did two index cards.  One is 3x5 and one is 4x6.  There are optional prompts for each day over on the website, and the first day's prompt was "zebra".  Here's what I came up with.
First the 3x5:

I have just discovered She & Him, and have been obsessively listening to their "Volume 3" album on Spotify.  I also got myself a little present in the form of some Faber-Castell Gelatos, which is what I did for the background, with watercolor for the lettering...I tried Sharpie too (you can see it underneath the watercolor in some places), but either Sharpie and Gelatos don't mix or my Sharpie has reached the end of it's days...

And here's the 4x6:

I put some blue gelato around the edges of this and then drew the zebra in the middle.  But I gave the zebra a gorgeous horse mane...which zebra's don't have...they have spiky I scrubbed some black watercolor over it in an effort to 'fix' my 'mistake', and I actually think it's super neat how the color of the gelato comes through the watercolor.  I also really like how the face markings came kind of looks like a horse with a really awesome tatoo... 


  1. Oh Sweets, your lady is fabulous. I love her little up-turned nose, her beautifully colored hair and the journaling (especially the "people miss so much" part). "I" didn't miss it!!!

    The zebra coloring is awesome... his eyes stare right through you. Glad you got gelatos, they are pretty fun, aren't they? The Sharpie problem isn't your Sharpie, mine did it too!

    Since we are friends, you know how much music means to me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the "She&Him" card, I really love using lyrics on a page. Should you ever make a 4x6 with the lyrics from a Maroon5 song, you'd better make 2, one for you and one for your BFF in Arkansas.

    Love you and your Sweet talents! <<<(Did you see what I did there?) HUGS

    1. Thanks my Pamikins! I knew you would see the "people miss" part! You are my fellow 'in the details' gal!

      I'm glad to know my Sharpie is not to blame...he's the last black Sharpie I have, and I need him to hold least till payday!

      I will definitely think of you if I Maroon5 anything! What is your favorite song of theirs? I have a special place in my heart for She Will Be has a good memory associated with it...

      Thank you for loving me and my Sweet talents! (You always make me smile so big!)

    2. I love that we both love the little details. I love all M5 songs, but I think "One More Night" and "Misery" are 2 of my faves. Oh, don't forget Love Somebody, Daylight, and Give a Little More. Oh hell, anything that my sweet tattooed honey sings!!!

      "Sweet talents" is right on the nose! Hugs, Pamikins

  2. What a delight to find your art and your blog - another bonus of the ICAD fun.

    1. Thanks so much! I know it, this is my first ICAD and I am loving getting to see everybody's amazing creativity!

  3. Loving your cards for the ICAD challenge. Awesome work Sweet :0) Mo

    1. Thanks Mo! As always, you are too kind! *smoochy face*

  4. That is a fantastic quote in your art journal. So true. I love Judy Blume!

    A great start to ICAD, and following the prompts. What card size did you prefer working on? Last year I worked on big ones, this year I am working on smaller ones.

    1. Thanks so much! I was (and still am) a big reader, and Judy Blume was a huge piece of my childhood! She could be poignant in a way that even kids could understand, and that's no easy task!

      So far, I think I am liking the bigger cards. Probably because they are more close to the size I am used to working on in my art journals. I am hoping that I can train myself to get more comfortable with smaller pieces, because I would love to do some ATCs but, to be honest, they make me a little nervous! Maybe if I gradually step down in size, I can get myself a little more comfortable!


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