If you've been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably seen some of my posts that say #icad2014. If you've been wondering what that means, it stands for Index Card A Day, and it's a creative challenge hosted by Tammy at Daisy Yellow.
I've followed Daisy Yellow's blog for awhile, and I've always thought there was no possible way I could find time to fit art into my life everyday. A 60-day creative challenge at this time in my life seemed like an impossible goal. I work full time, have three children and many other activities on my plate. But as I looked through last year's cards and challenges, I started to get inspired and think, "Maybe I really could do this". So I committed...and it has been a life changing experience in an artistic sense.
I would highly recommend that if you want to grow as an artist, or just as a creative person, to give ICAD a try. Here's what I've learned in just a short 43 days.
I've learned not to over think, and go with my impulse-to trust myself and my artistic instincts. I really have more natural ability than I give myself credit.
I have shared the challenges with two of my children, ages 12 and 9, and they have loved doing them, plus we have spent quality time together creating.
I've found a great and creative way to memorize and display my favorite scriptures, and share them with others.
When I'm finished, I will have a beautiful supply of cards to use in my art journals, as idea reminders, and for color inspiration.
I have loosened up and started to see my style emerge, and I even like it.
I've gotten to practice up on my skills like drawing, color, stamping, collage and more.
I'm inspired daily by other artists and their creative ideas-they do things I would never think of.
I've gotten brave and tried things I didn't know I could do-l like carving my own stamps, trying new techniques and experimenting with new materials.
On the downside, I've spent way too much money on art supplies since I started it. Every time I learn about a new product, I want to buy it :)
I have also met so many talented artists through this summer's ICAD challenge, and have been encouraged by their kind words. I have been so inspired, that half the time I don't even need the prompts. They are great prompts, but it's like my creative fire has been ignited!
Thank you Tammy for hosting Index Card A Day Challenge. It has really helped me to believe in myself at another level!