Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Twenty-One Down, Forty to Go (Index Card Art)


Yes, it has been three weeks already and I have kept up with the Index-Card-A-Day #ICAD2014 challenge. But I have a confession to make. Doing something creative every day makes me want to do other creative things also:  art journaling, painting, poetry, photography.  It’s hard to keep up the pace and I am one who starts something new then burns out quickly. For now I am on track and I hope to finish with at least 61 cards by the end of July.  Here are this last week’s index cards:


ICAD 15, Off prompt, one-staple collage.  Made by layering scraps I had in my scrap drawer. I stapled the stack horizontally to an index card with a single staple.  This is my favorite card to date.


ICAD 16a, Prompt = Stickers, Theme = maps:  Vintage letter stickers, stamps and other ephemera on an old map glued to an orange index card and antiqued with sepia watercolors and distress ink.


ICAD 16b, Theme = maps.  Cut flower shapes out of a map and colored with Inktense blocks.  Glued those to an orange index card which I cut out to the same flower shape.  Glued flower blooms to pink index card and painted/shaded stems and leaves with Pitt artist brush pens and white gel pen.


ICAD 17, Prompt = Polka Dots.  Circles and lines on a gridded index card colored with Pitt big brush artist pens.


ICAD 18, Prompt = Orange.  Oil pastels in four shades of orange blended with water brush and mechanical pencil for drawing. Stapled the colored index card to an orange index card and wrote text with brown fineliner marker;


ICAD 19, Prompt = Harry Potter.  Took a cue from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  Acrylic gelli print collaged to tabbed index card. Hand-formed paper spider.  Collaged text.


ICAD 20, Prompt = Candy Wrapper, Theme = Maps.  Used the foil from a extra-dark chocolate bar to form something like the Americas and collaged that onto a tabbed index card with watercolor background.  Text done with Micron pen.


ICAD 21, Prompt = Repeating Pattern.  Placed rectangular name labels and hole protector labels onto hot pink index card.  Doodled on the card with black Micron pen.


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

2 thoughts on “Twenty-One Down, Forty to Go (Index Card Art)

  1. I love these! What a really neat idea!!

  2. Yes, this is a great way to do art every day. Most don’t take more than 20 minutes and it helps break through creative blocks in other areas too.

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