Sunday, June 29, 2014

ICAD 2014 - Weeks 3 & 4

Here we go with the second and third week - 

June 15 - Stickers.  Rachel was home for the weekend and usually that means a trip to Target where I found these rolls of "paper tape" in the office supply aisle.  I loved the bright rainbow colors and I thought they would make a nice base for some rainbow smiley face stickers I had.  

June 16 - Roll the dice.  Well, it wasn't dice I rolled, it was cherry pits.  When cherries are in season sometimes I'll grab a handful and stand at the sink and just spit the pits into my hand until I'm done and then throw them away.  When you eat the dark red cherries, if they're really juicy they can leave a stain on your hand.  Lightbulb moment!  I've done this with marbles and ink before, but this time I laid the cherry pits on the index card and rolled them around.  I got that nice purple background.  Then I got out some strawberries and cored them and then placed them on the paper where you see the larger marks.  I added a tissue paper cherry "pinata" and a quote.  "Life is full of confusion.  Confusion of love, passion, and romance.  Confusion of family and friends.  Confusion with life itself.  What path we take.  What turns we make.  How we roll our dice."

June 17 - Polka Dots.  Tangled with color.

June 18 - Orange.  The orange pieces are cut from a Dunkin' Donuts giftcard holder and a Stewart's Orange Creme Soda container.

June 19 - Harry Potter.  Dobby, in pencil.  With one of his quotes.

June 20 - Candy Wrapper.  A student gave me a little container of Hershey's Bliss chocolates as an end-of-year gift.  I unwrapped one and flattened it out with my fingernail getting out all the wrinkles and then I used a pencil to make squiggles in the foil.  I cut them into berry shapes and used some black punched bird wings as leaves.  I drew a branch in black and before I glued the berries down, I pencilled in lots of leaves in the background.

Looks like some other-worldly blackberry to me.

June 21 - Repeating Pattern.  I had just picked up these sun stickers at the Dollar Tree and since it was the first day of summer I lined them up on the index card and then drew in the sun in Inktense pencils and blended it with a damp brush.  Of course, it would have been much easier to draw the background first but I didn't make too much of a mess of the stickers.

June 22 - Beach Umbrella.  Here's that paper tape again as the umbrella with a watercolored sky and sand.  

June 23 - Star Wars.  Star Wars had all those Hexagon-winged flying machines long before hexagons became popular.  My son was over and he had just thrown out an empty bag of honey barbecue potato chips so I did some trash can diving (it was right on the top) to salvage a piece of the bag as a stepping off point for the rest of the hexagons colored with my Prismacolor pencils.  

June 24 - Brown. I brushed on some tapioca and turquoise acrylic paint for the background and then added some flowers made from torn brown wrapping paper with tissue paper centers.

June 25 - Maple Leaf.  We have tons of maple trees around our house but when I think of them in artwork it's usually with autumn colors.  That's not what I see outdoors now, so I used a variety of green watercolors for these.  

June 26  - Magnifying Glass.  How about stained glass instead?  I was visiting Sabrina's blog and saw this beautiful stained glass window she posted from her trip to Paris.  I should have probably photographed this one vertically, but the pattern really appealed to me as a tangle and I used my Prismacolors on it with just a blending pencil.  

June 27 - Album Cover.  I don't know.  Do you think it could be a cover for the Moody Blues?  

June 28 - Robot.   The only robot that came to mind was the robot from Lost in Space - Danger Will Robinson, Danger, Danger - arms flailing about.  Those arms that resemble dryer hose.  I know, it's a stretch.  But remember, prompts are optional!  It's the creating that's important.  

Thanks for looking!


  1. I love this journey!!!! There are so many that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Dobby is great! So is the wonderful orange card and the great candy wrapper berries!!!! Thanks so much for sharing all of these amazing works of art!!!!

  2. Love the blackberries, the hexagons, but most of all the beach umbrella.
    LOL at the cherry pits. They're ripe on the trees (and falling on the ground) here, but one day recently I couldn't pick any up because I was bringing an embroidery to be framed and couldn't risk getting cherry juice on it. Worked great for your background, though.


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