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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I've Learned From Doing ICADs

If you had asked me in May if I was capable of doing a tiny piece of art every day for two months I probably would have told you no. I have a hard time committing to anything long term. Or at least I thought so. But here I am on the 46th day of ICAD season and I've got 48 index cards with paint on them.

So one of the things I've learned is that I can commit. I have 48 cards because I mus-numbered one of the cards and decided to make a second one for the official number of that day, and because one day I just could not stop at just one.

One of the things I was committing to was making a single card every day, and for the most part that is what I've done. I've made at least one EVERY DAY.

 So this is the pile I showed a while ago. You can see how many cards there actually are although you can't see most of them well.

And this is a photo of the last 8 days.

I've learned a lot from doing the cards and not just about commitment. I've tried new techniques. I've used supplies I have never used before. I made cut outs using my electronic cutter, and cut things freehand, and stamped and painted and fussy cut things out from the Internet and magazines. I already know that I'm going to be trying out a couple new techniques I've never done before or that I've only done on Art Journal pages while I was taking a class.

Index cards are cheap. If your experiment doesn't work out you haven't spent a lot of money. You can try something new. You can see something someone else has done on YouTube or on the Internet, and try it out for yourself. 

My only problem is that I am going to miss them when July is over. Only 14 more days. I could just keep doing them, but I think there is a reason not to do that. Not totally sure what it really is. I'm sure that looking at the cards from year 1 and the cards from year 2 should show a big jump in quality. I also think that when you come back to them after a year away, you focus on them differently than you did a year earlier. And I think those aren't the only reason not to do them year round. But I will miss them.

Take care all.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on what you have learnt from doing the ICAD challenge. Mostly I feel the same way - I just couldn't write it as well as you have :D I'm sorry I have missed seeing your cards on a daily basis, but I guess that is inevitable with such a vast number of participants, but I will look out for you in the coming weeks. Best Wishes :)

  2. Fabulous post! And you WILL see a difference from year one to year two - that's what I noticed this year & totally did not expect it! Bravo for sticking to it!

  3. You've got some cool cards. Congrats on sticking with it. If you'll miss them so much, maybe you could commit to making 3 or 4 a month as a way to try new things?

  4. Wow, this is a great project. In addition to the wise reasons you listed, I think another good reason to stop at the end is to savor that sense of completing a project.

  5. Wonderful work on your ICAD's that you have done. Thanks so much for sharing your journey..
    Sandy :)

  6. Great post! I really like your cards, they look great. You're very talented. I'd love to be as talented but I think I'm just not that creative. But you inspired me to try it out:) I have some index cards at home and I will try to create something nice. Thanks for sharing your experience!