Index Card a Day Challenge 2015

This year I participated in the Index Card a Day challenge during June and July for the 3rd year in a row. It was a lot of fun, as always.

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day

This year I continued my surface and pattern design explorations and tried a new-to-me technique for the first time: gelatin printing!

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day

I had fun embellishing the prints with paint markers and gelly rolls.

Not only did I print directly on some cards, I also cut up some gelatin prints and collaged them back together on index cards.

Index Card a Day

The most unexpected card was one where I tied knots with embroidery floss.

Index Card a Day

For the bulk of my cards I explored different ways of using paint markers and gelly rolls with lots of layering, mark making and varying texture.

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day

Index Card a Day 2014: Part 2

I did it! I successfully completed one piece of index card art per day in June and July!

Actually I finished many more than the official 61, so I might have to do an “extras” post on top of this one. Here are a few of my favorites from the second half of the challenge.

Day 49 ICAD

Day 41 ICAD

ICAD Day 32

Day 45 ICAD

When I started this challenge, I took it on as something fun and easy to do. I wasn’t expecting that it would be a creative boost for me on top of the fun and easy part. Because index cards are such a small surface to work on, when I had extra time, I would put more effort into that day’s card. Even when I had something that could pass as a finished piece, I often felt like taking the card a step further. Because of this, I created layers of texture with paint, markers and pens, or added detailed embellishment with pencil or pen. I even dabbled with collage.

I’ve started applying the new creative ideas from the cards I made to some recent larger paintings, and it’s really moving my work in an exciting new direction. Already can’t wait for next year!

Index Card a Day 2014

Last year I participated in the last half of Index Card a Day (ICAD) while I was in the thick of my daily pattern project. I decided to combine the challenges for the month of July, and I had a lot of fun making patterns with markers on simple index cards. ICAD is hosted by Tammy from Daisy Yellow and runs every year in June and July, and this year I decided to join in for the whole run.

It’s already been a little over a month, and I thought it would be fun to share the cards I made in June.

All ICADs made in June

Part of what made ICAD such an attractive challenge to join last year was that I really needed something low-key after a super busy June. I kept it simple and only used a set of Zig Writer markers for all the cards. Since I wasn’t strictly focusing on patterns this year, I took a fresh approach to the challenge: “anything goes”. So far I’ve used acrylic paint, gouache, watercolor, sharpie pens, prismacolor fine liners, acrylic paint markers, ball point pens and pencils. I’ve explored a variety of styles, techniques and subject matter. There has been plenty of experimentation leading to several creative and exciting “aha! moments”.

There is still a little less than a month of the challenge left. If you are interested in making some index card art, you can join any time. Find more information on the ICAD section of Tammy’s blog or check out the #icad2014 tag on instagram or twitter!

Daisy Yellow Zine Giveaway Winner

And the winner is: Jana! Congratulations!

Thanks everyone for entering. I really appreciate the time you took to visit my blog and leave a comment. Whenever I do a giveaway, I always wish everyone could win!

If you didn’t win the zine and are still curious about it, I do suggest you consider purchasing a copy from Tammy’s Etsy shop. It is well worth $7.00 and would be a great way to start February off with a creative boost.

Daisy Yellow Zine Giveaway

A few months ago Tammy Garcia, who blogs over at Daisy Yellow, contacted me about writing an article about my daily pattern project for the 10th issue of her zine. I was already a big fan of her blog and the challenges she hosts such as Index Card A Day and the Moments Challenge, so of course I jumped at the chance!

Cover of the Daisy Yellow Zine Issue 10

We’ve had a lot of fun going back and forth with each other while perfecting my article. Tammy just released the issue for sale last week, and you can win a copy here on my blog, or via my Instagram.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tammy, her blog is chock full of ideas and inspiration for creating art journal pages and mixed media art work. As I mentioned, she hosts a variety of art making challenges throughout the year, and moderates a really great Facebook group too. I recently joined DY community on Facebook, and I love seeing all the great art people post to the group. It’s all about encouraging and inspiring each other and being proud of the work you create.

Preview of the pattern a day article by Anika Starmer for the Daisy Yellow zine

In the article I wrote for the zine, I talk about why I started the challenge, how I came up with so many different ideas, changes I made to the challenge from month to month to help me stick with it, what I learned after more than a year of creating patterns everyday, and more!

My article is just one part of a zine that is, “Jam packed with ideas + inspiration.” You’ll also find art journal and photography prompts, Suggestions for altering a hard backed book for use as an art journal, a mini index card art project to try out, and even some blogging tips for creatives. Not to mention the fact that the layout and imagery throughout the pages is super lush and inspiring in its own right.

I’ll be very excited for whomever wins this zine, but if you just can’t wait, you can purchase your own copy right now over on Etsy.

How to Win:

If you want to try your luck, visit Tammy’s page that has all the info about Issue 10 and discover what you are most excited to read about–and your answer doesn’t even have to be my pattern article! 😀 Come back here to this giveaway post and leave a comment below telling me what part of the zine you can’t wait to read. Feel free to leave a comment on Tammy’s blog as well, but know that only comments left here will be counted toward the giveaway.

If you have already purchased the zine and you win either this or my Instagram giveaway, Tammy has graciously offered to refund the full price of the zine back to you!

I will randomly draw a name on January 31st 2014 which is next Friday (edit: I changed the date from February 1st because I was looking at the wrong calendar! The drawing will be Friday!). I’ll announce the winner here, and also send an email to the winner, so be sure to use an email address that you check frequently.

Increase your chances:

You can also enter on Instagram. Make sure you follow me there, and leave a comment on one of the giveaway photos. While you’re over there, check out Tammy’s colorful photos as well!

Preview of the Daisy Yellow zine issue 10

Good Luck!