So, back when I first committed to ICADing, I talked about how creating these index cards would hopefully become a ritual, a part of my daily art practice, and I envisioned them being warm up exercises to get those creative juices flowing.
While I have been making my cards daily, it doesn’t have a ritualistic feel. There’s no consistency in the how or why of it. Some cards were practicing techniques, but the following ICADs were simply clean up material – kind of like paper towels – they just sopped up everything left over on my work table after I had finished crafting for the evening.
ICAD 20 –
The music paper was scooped up from whatever project I had just finished. Then, I did a very very quick face with a stabilo pencil, and some gesso. She looks a bit stressed – you’d think she was just getting started for the evening, but rather this was a wrap it up card.
ICAD 21 –
Leftover pieces from a collage sheet that I was using to make ATCs.
ICAD 22 –
A leftover card from week 1 – more leaf stencils.
ICAD 23 –
Leftovers, from a 5 x 7 technique swap on Paper Traders, and an ATC
More leftovers, from the collage sheet
These scraps were so small, it was either stick them on the card, or into the garbage.
I’m not sure how I feel about this leftoverness – it’s not really falling into place with my ritual idea. But, on the other hand, after every athletic activity, there’s a cool down period – maybe my new ritual is cool down. We’ll see.
By the way, speaking of comparing apples and oranges, and crafting to athletic activity – did you see the Olympic Committee’s ridiculous smack-down of the Ravelympics. Now there’s a fight they really need to have a few weeks before the games. There’s a real priority! I know a lot of knitters got their stitches in a twist over this, but I just thought it was like something out of a Saturday Night Live episode – knitter down!
Anyway, I didn’t photograph any of the crafting I did last week – I made a bunch of ATCs, a 5 x7 image transfer thing with some fabric and some stitching, a Dotee Doll, a digi art envelope – all for swapping. I have one more swap to complete, and then I’m taking a break. I don’t generally blog about my personal life, but my stepson is being . . . well, a teenager – and in the peaceful times in our house, when I have time to make stuff – I just want to do my own thing – not that it’s for me, as opposed to someone else, I just don’t feel like having any deadlines, or anyone else’s theme, or even format right now. I spent three hours on the phone with my stepson’s mother on Sunday (and lets just say we are not buddies, nor are we on the same page), and the last thing I wanted to do after that was make a Dotee doll, but I had to because it was due. So, I’m just taking a break from swapping – probably for the summer.
I did photograph the finished spread in my art journal. Dianne left a comment on the last post, that perhaps I should add some blue to the orange and purple girl. So, I tried it – I’m not sure if she looks less flat, but I do like the blue. Thanks for the great comment Dianne! I really appreciated the suggestion. On the other side, I ended up doing a Stabilo girl with white paint –
I was still feeling the feather thing, so I threw it in there.
It’s funny that her neck turned out so long – because that’s how I’m feeling – like I’ve got my neck stuck out there.
Here, you can see the nice texture from the layers of pages and gesso a la Anne Bagby –
So, that about wraps it up for today!