I absolutely cannot believe that I managed to complete this challenge! Two months and 61 pieces of index card art later, I am relieved, proud, and energized. With all the daily life challenges I already tackle, I am extremely selective about additional projects that I add to my already overflowing schedule. Tammy's Index-Card-a-Day challenge via her outstanding blog, Daisy Yellow, is something I attempted last summer but failed to complete. However, in the 20 days of participation I managed for ICAD 2011, a passionate daily drawing habit [re]emerged and it is something that continues to blossom and transform into new, exciting avenues of exploration.
Between my daily sketching and daily journaling, I already have a pretty fierce & consistent art routine. So why did I join ICAD this summer? Quite simply, I wanted to finish what I started. I'm not always very good at doing that, for reasons unavoidable and otherwise. Sometimes I don't finish something because life gets in the way and I'm forced to ruthlessly prioritize to survive. Other times, I just lose interest, motivation, or inspiration. This time around, ICAD 2012 was about reminding myself that I can overcome the obstacles that never seem to quit coming at me.
My cards are all over the place in terms of theme but when viewed as a complete set, consistencies in technique and palette become clear. There were definitely days when I was just trying to get the damn cards finished and days where I played and played, discovering things I'll definitely use in future projects.
You can view the entire set of my 2012 index cards at my Flickr photostream. I want to thank Tammy of Daisy Yellow for all the time, organization, energy, encouragement, and inspiration she put into this challenge. What an amazing amount of work! Bravo! Thank you to everyone who commented on my cards here & at Flickr and thank you to all who played along with ICAD and shared their incredible cards. Your perserverance and creativity inspired me!
Believe it or not, tomorrow I'm moving on to another challenge! Check back for all the details!