Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Well Rounded" and ICAD #5: Grid

Hey guys! I've got something just a little bit different for you today. A little. Not much. But a little. Today I mixed my prompt from the 5,000 Question Survey with another challenge at Balzer Designs. I loved the difficulty of this challenge, I really did. But I'll get to that in a moment. Let's focus on the prompt first and foremost.

My question today asked me what it was that I did with a rainy day. Well, I figured that there were several ways that this question could have been interpreted, but I decided to go with the firs thing that came to my mind, which was the literal version. What I literally do when it's raining. I listed a whole bunch of things in my base layer of journaling, but simplified it a lot when it came to the journaling on the actual page. That's partially because the base layer of journaling is more personal, while the journaling on the face of the project isn't so much. Which I like. It gives the whole thing more depth.

As you can see, I did a bunch of layering with a few different kinds of papers on this page; this is something that I tend to do on occasion, and will sometimes even force myself to do, because I honestly feel as if I need to do something at least a little bit different. Even if it is just doing a little bit of collage work instead of the paint stuff I normally do.

And that, in and of itself, is part of the challenge located right now at Balzer Designs. The challenge is called The Second Floor Challenge, and they are currently on their fifth one. I haven't been working on art journaling since they started them really, so that's why I'm just joining in now. The Second Floor Challenges are all about stepping outside of your comfort zone. And I did that with the collage.

The second part of the challenge is the actual "prompt" part. This one focused on found objects. I used a piece of paper from one of those bank account books; not the check ones, but the ones that come with a basic savings account. I used it for the space for my journaling on this page. That, combined with the collage, makes up my experimentation for this challenge.

The second thing that I want to share with you guys today is, of course, my daily ICAD. I've loved working on these; I think that they are really a good type of warm up to do before starting in my art journal, or even a good cool down afterwards. It's almost like stretching for art. :)

I based today's ICAD around the "grid" prompt. I've been loving using the prompts. It's been giving me a good amount of inspiration to use, and I love the way that they're affecting my art. They push me a little, which I love. Gives me new ideas. New things to try. It's cool.

I loved the colors of today's card as well. I don't really know where they came from. I was just looking at some of my paints and pulled these two out of the abyss. Sometimes that's where the best art comes from; the places where you aren't even aware of what you're doing! 

So that's all I have for you guys today, and I'll talk to you tomorrow!


  1. i like your icad! i hadn't thought of it as warming up for art, but i guess that's what it is. a good thing to do if you're low on ideas so you can get creative juice flowing! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing on Julie's blog. I always learn something new from those I get to visit. Really nice page! never heard of "ICAD" before and would love to know more about it. Heard of the 2nd floor challenge but it's just too hard keeping up with so many wonderful projects.


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