Thursday, April 14, 2022

Icads! What Are They?

The first two letters in the newly coined term "icad" stand for index card ... and I think the final letter stands for daily.  Groups of artists have had icads participations online, now and again, for some time now.

Whether I'm right or wrong, the goal in icad-ing is to encourage participating artists in making at least one index-card-sized artwork every day, and posting one daily. 

Awhile back I took part in an icad started by MaryBeth Shaw of StencilGirl Products.  

I started with basic prints --

-- and went on to decorate some of them in a variety of ways ....

Above:  After using my 6" x 6" Webbed Medallion s522 to make the initial print on a pink index card, I added an old graphic that I'd created a long time ago.  The graphic was derived from a photo I'd taken of the gorgeous magnolia tree that once spread its glory over our driveway.  Tragically, the base of the tree was on the other side of the property line, so when new neighbors arrived, they destroyed this majestic tree because they felt it was "messy." It was a variety of magnolia that's extremely rare so, altho we planted our own magnolias after the death of this tree, they are of a different, more easily found strain of magnolias. 

Above: After using my 6" x 6" Palm Fronds Silhouette s238 with indigo blue on a pale green index card, I embellished it with a cut-out from origami paper.  To my eye, Japanese patterns in the image went well with the design-printed background.

Above:  Having printed with dark green acrylic paint on a yellow index card -- using my 6" x 6" Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 3 s866 -- I proceeded to cover the central area with another print made from the same magnolia photo as mentioned above.  Over that I placed a purple butterfly created with a paper punch.

Next up:  This yellow index card was covered along most edges with scraps leftover from earlier printing projects (using my 9" x 12" mask Garden Montage L652 and my 9" x 12" Tangled Pods L344.)

More icads will appear in future posts.  Thanks for stopping by here at my blog today! To scroll thru the pages of my stencils and masks at StencilGirl Products, please start here.


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