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monochromatic post card swap

Karen has another great swap coming up on Mail Me Some Art - monochromatic post cards.   These are the ones I made and sent already.

I used Distress Stain, masking tape, watercolors, rubber stamps, embossing powder and gel sticks on watercolor paper that was the perfect size - 4" x 6".

monochromatic post card swap

monochromatic post card swap

ICADs #48-50

These were started on the 18th and finished tonight - they're the "I was too busy doing other things to concentrate on my ICADs" series.

All done with Distress Stain, stamps, stamp pads (my favorite stamp/ink pads are Palette), and markers.

ICADs #48-50

ICADs #48-50

ICADs #48-50

I thought I had to have the other three done tonight, but I have one more day to tweak the next three.  I'm still enjoying doing series, and working on ICADs every day (well mostly every day - this past week I was way too busy to work on them every single day - gosh I feel guilty even admitting that) but for the most part I have finished my series in three days.  This series I didn't - they were done in five days.  Ooops.  

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)

During the years, I have purchased Apple Barrel (by Plaid) acrylics from Pat Catans and or WalMart.  So I have a nice little supply of colors.  At $.83 - $1.50 or so, they're easy to pick up!

I didn't try to mix the Apple Barrel paints with mediums - I used the matte medium to glue the die-cut borders on and I wanted to see what would happen if I brushed the medium over the paint.  Because these paints are extremely matte themselves, I'll mix them with gloss medium next time around.

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#32:  Acrylic paint, watercolors, gel sticks, paint pen, china marker, markers

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#33:  Acrylic paint, watercolors, stamp/ink pad, paint pen, markers, die-cut border, matte medium

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#34: Acrylic paint, watercolors, stamp/ink pad, paint pen, markers, die-cut border, matte medium

It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)
#35:  Acrylic paint, watercolors, stamp/ink pad, markers, die-cut border, matte medium

I'm not really happy with this series.  It has been REALLY hot and all I want to do is stay in air conditioning and sleep!  My creative energy was super low these past two days.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be 100 degrees. Yikes!

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

EDIT:  I realised that I totally forgot to post ICADS #27 and #28!  Here they are - they're monoprints (I used   a blank EZ Cut block, brayed acrylic paint on it, doodled in the wet acrylic paint, then 'stamped' it on my index card.)  I embellished with Sugarloaf markers, opaque pens, and watercolors.  

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips


This is the bright acylics + white gesso series. Stencils, metallic rub-ons, ink pad and stamps, and Sugarloaf markers are used in these too. 

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips


ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

Had fun decorating metal hair clips - my hair is growing out, and since it's summer, I need to pull it off my face and neck.  I used paint pens to decorate these - I tried to use nail polish but it was too gloppy.

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clips

We just had a really nice down-pour; unfortunately elsewhere in my state, there has been a lot of storm damage :(    But we didn't have anything severe here.

Hoping everyone is having a great Sunday evening.

ICADs #24-26, "hitting the ICAD wall" and other thoughts

 First off, here's ICADs  #24 -26

ICADs #24-26,
#24 - acrylic paint, permanent marker, feather

ICADs #24-26,
#25 - acrylic paint, watercolors, metallic rub-ons

ICADs #24-26,
#26 - gel sticks, permanent marker, Sugarloaf markers, ink pad  (I think I was inspired by the book "Railsea" by China Mieville, which I have just finished reading)

I have been reading some ICAD-makers' blogs and the phrase "hitting the ICAD wall" has been popping up.  I haven't been hitting as much as I'm over-thinking this project.

With all the various mediums and techniques, one part of me wants to stick with one or two techniques and thoroughly revel in them.  Then that same part of me says "well that would be boring for those other ICAD folks who are viewing the Flickr group."  Another part of me sits down and thinks "what do I want to produce today?" and then I think that perhaps this isn't what this project is all about - it's about doing not over-thinking.

So I have reached some sort of epiphany on how to continue?  Um, nope!  ;)

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)

The end of the week was a flurry of friends.  Well flurry may be over-stating it, but due to the fact that I have become such a hermit, visiting with two friends on Thursday and then meeting up with seven others Friday night is a bit of a cacophony for me! ;)

Here are some ICADs #20 - #23.

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)
#20 -stamps and stamp pads, permanent market, gel pen, watercolors, metallic rub-ons

With #20 and #21, I was testing out which ink/stamp pads are permanent enough to watercolor over.  I bought some inexpensive stamp pads at Pat Catans - unfortunately even though they work (i.e. are permanent) the colors come out too lightly.  My favorite ink pads so far are some from my stash (I have no idea how old they are) called Palette.  I have L'Amour Red and Orangerie (L'Amour Red was used in #20.)

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)
#21 Sugarloaf Stokes pens, ink pad/stamp, Micron pen, watercolors

Here I used an inexpensive ink pad.  Although it worked, the pad was already drying out. Well that is what you get for $1.47!

let's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)
#22 - monoprint from EZ Cut (no cuts!), acrylic paint, watercolors

Here is where I vent a little bit about PRODUCTS.  There is SOO much STUFF out there - the various pens and inks and stains and do-dads and whatchamagigs and so on and so on.  I understand that people/companies need to make money, but you don't have to purchase all the New Stuff on The Internet to get results.  For instance, I see that there is a 'new' product for doing monoprints - instead of forking over dosh to buy this new item, I decided to use an EZ Cut that I had sitting around.  Heck, if you cut on one side, the other side you can use for monoprints!!

I also have been ripping seams in Goodwill-bought items to use for some pennant/bunting strings.  I am done with all the socks for a4A by the way - now I just need to get to the post office to mail them!

Now back to my little art space to work on the ICAD for today.  Hoping everyone is having a lovely Sunday.

postcard for a nieceMMSA Kitchen postcard swapICADS #51-53monochromatic post card swapICADs #48-50It's too darned hot - ICADS #32 - 35 (The Apple Barrel series)ICADS #27-31, and paint pen hair clipsICADs #24-26, "hitting the ICAD wall" and other thoughtslet's see, what has been happening ICADs #20-23 (and a little vent about 'new' art supplies)ICADS #16 - 19:  the gel/medium series

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