Monday, July 06, 2015

ICAD June 2015

My sister found this cool summer art project and suggested it to me.  I am so glad she did!!  I don't consider myself an artist at all needless to say, this is not my forte but I have had a real good time playing.

Here's the info on ICAD - Index Card A Day from the Daisy Yellow Art website, and in every case, but one, I used a 3x5 index card.
Daisy Yellow Art
What on earth is ICAD?

Starting June 1, Create something on a 3x5" index card every day for 61 days. On the back of each card, add a number to keep track of your progress. ICAD #1, #2, etc. Whatever day you start, it is your own official ICAD #1. Motto: You do not need to catch up, just start.
Do we have to use index cards?
YES. Simple stuff. Not precious. Just a stack of cards on your desk or kitchen counter. Grab one, create, repeat. Simple materials push you to think in new ways. Index cards are without a doubt "not" the perfect substrate. But they are abundant, so we do not hesitate to pitch them when the work turns into a catastrophe! The cards should have the feel of index cards. There are many types of index cards - plain, lined, gridded, neon, cards that feel like manila folders, Rolodex-style cards with holes punched.
This is up to you. Anything goes. Make flash cards to teach yourself Russian. Paint with acrylic paints. Drip india ink. Dye with espresso. Practice origami folds. Stitch. Sketch. Doodle. Stamp. Collage. Cut up weave the pieces back together. Write Haiku poems. Document your paint collection.
Maximum size = 4" x 6"
I have posted each of my card art on the Facebook page for this years ICAD challenge, but it's a closed group, so unless I share it on my wall, too, no one I know gets to see it!  So I thought I'd divide up the challenge into the the months June and July so you'll only have about 30 photos to look through.  We were given a prompt for each day sometimes I followed the suggested prompt and other times I did my own thing. I did mostly collage because I still have most of my craft supplies boxed up in who knows what location and wasn't ready to start hunting.  Since I went and got married in the middle of June, I did miss a couple of days.   I have a description for each card and sometimes what I used to create it.

 I hope you enjoy!


June 2 - off prompt - Yesterday my Fiance and I went to apply/pick up our marriage license. While standing at the counter I saw the basket of discarded numbers from previous people. I thought it would be a fun ephemera to use for the ICAD. I attached the outer pieces with a "staple free" stapler (The black ovals are the spaces left behind - allowing the black countertop to show through) and double stick tape. The thermal paper reacted to the dry erase pens I used and I used a pink highlighter hoping it would change a bit, but it didn't. This project was a ton of fun!


June 3 - off prompt - The Eiffel Tower is part of a calendar and I added some collage elements to it. I found an old cash register tape from 2005, in my basket of tape - so I used a few snippets from that. Since there was an opening between the two pieces of the calendar, I snipped some twine and made a loop - as if it were to be hung. 



June 4 - Mailbox - This is a packing tape with postmarks all over it. I thought it was in keeping with the mailbox theme - I colored around the blank spaces with a Sharpie that was losing its ink. It made the white from the tape really pop when I did that.




June 5 - off prompt - Angel was part of a sticker I received that said "I'm no Angel," but cutting it down allowed for me to embellish around the outside. My art supplies are severely limited at the moment so the found sticker and a silver Sharpie were my tools.


June 7th -- Chicken Salad. I made so much of it the past couple of days that I decided to add it to the index card challenge. 
I shred up 2-3 cooked chicken breasts and then I usually add in a cup of celery, a cup or two of apples, a cup of grapes and a cup of pecans. Then I add enough mayo to get everything well coated. The chicken, pecans and celery soak up the mayo, so if you like it creamy - don't skimp. Add a few dashes of salt if you desire. LOVE THIS!


June 8th - carrot and lemon - I found this sticker in my International Luggage Label Stickers that was the Hotel Luna and it was the perfect carrot orange with highlights of lemon yellow. I cut out a portion of the sticker and then had to scrounge around to find the rest of the collage. I found a chopstick wrapper, a Hershey Kisses flag, a piece of an advertisement in a food magazine and finally, the display card that came with our wedding jewelry today from the Sundance Catalog.


June 9 - (off prompt) - company logos, warning labels, stickers, UPC codes, advertising, social media, and the very small print. Gathered from today's mail, groceries and art supplies.



June 10 - Eggplant and Ginger plus my own theme of Happy! Happy things and good things on my index card. My fiance received the delivery of his scooter today. We put it together and it's charging - It's a very happy day as he'll be a lot more mobile now.  I love bread bag tags, too, so I added in the ones that represented eggplant and the orange of ginger flowers. I took the picture of the outdoor viewer -- I loved how it looked like a big smiling face!

June 11 - Mango Lime - Just a simple design tonight. A Mango drink and a little bit of Real Lime with some orange and green colored pencil highlighting the background.



12 June - Antlers and Lanterns (my own prompt) - I used 4 of my original photos as collage pieces. A bingo cage, paper lanterns, a rusty gate and brick wall and a window with circle chains hanging down. I used some washi tape and cut the antlers from a paper calendar.


June 13 - Plum and Blueberry - We ate at Salt Life today and noticed that the paper that our food was served on looked like it could be perfect for plum and blueberry day. So I asked the waitress for a sheet to go. I had a bank envelope on my table and thought it might be fun to make one of those to perfectly fit an index card - so that's what I did. I used the purple colored pencil and created some rubbings on the index card - then I went over it with the same items, only tracing them with blue. I attached a tab to the index card using part of a chopstick wrapper. As you can see, the index card can be placed inside the envelope or in the pocket. 
I am LOVING doing a little art project each day. It's just so much fun.
June 14 - Salt and Pepper - My rule is that I can't go back more than one day to make up a ICAD. Thankfully I had time today to do the Salt and Pepper one because I really wanted to do an all black and white card.


June 15 - Route 66 - Magazine finds and a stamped canvas label. I found the continental US in a magazine and even though Michigan is not accurately portrayed, I used it anyway because it was the perfect size. (Being from Michigan, I like seeing all of the Great Lakes represented on US maps.)



June 16th - Wedding paper and sports theme (off prompt) - I used the cut pieces from making our wedding program and wove the background. Then I got out my collection of bread bag tags and found the green one with a little heart - so I paired it with the white for my Michigan State Spartans. Then I found the only black bread bag tag that I have and I put it next to the gold tag to represent my love's Iowa Hawkeyes. Then the blues help round it all out and mesh with the background. 

My friend Lisa mails me bag tags at least twice a year and she's the one who sent me the black one.  Thank you, thank you!  


June 17 - wabi-sabi - the impermanence of nature - the mountains and water are constantly changing and the clouds in the sky are never in the same place or shape. I used more of the scrap paper I had left over. I found this awesome security envelope pattern and couldn't wait to use it - so I used it as the clouds.


19 June - Snowglobe - I gathered up a few things from a BBQ that we had on the 19th and added in a white paper coaster I had collected a long time ago. The little plastic fish were from some cupcakes we had at the BBQ. I thought all of it put together looked like a deconstructed snowglobe. I thought I was going off prompt, but I guess not!


June 23 - Romantic theme - I was married over the weekend, so Romantic was perfect for my first day back to ICAD after our mini-vacation. I used the introduction page from our program and the blue scalloped tissue behind the card are from the pom pom decorations at the wedding.



June 24 - Geometric - I had to run to the grocery store for my prescriptions and a new pack of index cards - the index card cover with the brand and everything on it, I realized was quite geometric. Then I noticed on my paperwork for my scripts, had quite a few URL codes and these little squares and rectangle codes. The only thing I added that wasn't from today's purchases was the non-stick Scotch end of my Scotch tape, that I opened today.


June 25 - Botanic - I found this beautiful flower paper from FLOW magazine. I decided that I wanted just something sweet on the print, so I wrote, "difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."



June 26 - my own prompt - Marriage Equality - With the Supreme Court decision made today, I felt that the only thing I could do today was celebrate the right for everyone to love whomever they want! I am a great fan of love! CHEERS! I just opened a box of Fruity Cheerios yesterday, so the box was still in the house. Perfect for my idea for today.



27 June - Academic - yesterday my husband was purging old tax folders and I snagged a few pieces that interested me - a page from an old checkbook, a check stub and some bits and pieces from his benefits pages. The academic in this case is more financial. I love that one of his checks was to Moonstruck Futon! What a great name.




June 28 - Dramatic - a wall full of layered framed pictures with a window overhead showing Christmas lights outside. I found everything for this collage in a couple Anthology magazines. (Which will no longer be published and I am sad.) This is the only card that was slightly larger than 3x5. 


29 June - iced cream - I purchased a little 8 color kids watercolor set and created my first masterpiece! It was fun



30 June - off prompt - a big cat in a strange world, collage. I used security envelopes, magazine cutouts and palm trees from a photo I took.



That's all for now!
I hope you have a great day!
Kristin


Friday, July 03, 2015

Kristin and Steve get Married!



I have been waiting to get photos from the other photographers (guests) but it seems to be taking much longer than I expected.  That means I'm going to post the few that I've got and post additional photos at another time.

Right from the very beginning of the planning stages we wanted simple, casual, and fun.  We invited our friends Bud and Bettyann to come with us to Sarasota, FL for the weekend.  The rest of the guests at this wedding were going to be nearly all of Steve's family, a couple of family friends and my Dad.  In a former life, Bettyann was a florist, so the day before the wedding I charged her with the task of finding a nice bouquet of flowers from the local Trader Joe's and make them look suitable.  As you can see from the photo above, the bouquet was gorgeous!  Thank you Bettyann!!








Steve and I designed, printed and assembled the programs.



When Steve walked down the aisle he presented his Mom with a Gerbera Daisy.



Here we are, Bettyann and I.  We were waiting for the music, which stopped for some reason and was never put back on.  So both Bettyann and I walked into the ceremony without music.  I also had my hair up (a temporary relief from the heat) and forgot to put it down until I got up front.

We had our wedding in Steve's Sister's backyard.  She and her husband were fabulous hosts and did 90% of the work to make our wedding wonderful.



Steve and I were asked to hold hands and we laughed because we already were.


We asked our friends and family to place some rocks in the bowl, surrounding this little orchid plant, as an Act of Unity.


Steve and I decided to have necklaces to serve as wedding rings.  The Groomsmen passed the necklaces around to each guest and we asked them to hold them and put their love and good thoughts and intentions on them.  By the time we got the rings back, they were already filled with love and good blessings.


It was an early afternoon wedding and that was the perfect time to enjoy our wedding cheesecake!  Here is our attempt to cut through the sticky cheesecake.  We managed to get it accomplished and gave each other a little piece.  We were civilized about it and didn't smear each others faces with cake.


We had a Cranberry Ginger ale  toast and Steve's Mom has come in for a kiss.



The Family Photos
My Dad - Galen Corlett




Steve's Parents - Paul and Peg Binder



Paul Binder (brother) Peg, Paul, Carol (sister) and Binh (Carol's husband, BIL)


Steve's nephew and niece have been added into this photo - Binh and Carol's children, David and Andrea.


The couple we dragged along to Sarasota - Bud and Bettyann



The car - all decorated with decorations from inside the house.




and they lived Happily Ever After!
Kristin


If you would like to send a postcard or card to us,
you can use my UPS Store address.
I have chosen not to change my name, so I'm still Kristin Corlett.

Kristin Corlett
Steve Binder
12620-3 Beach Blvd
#194
Jacksonville, FL  32246




Monday, June 15, 2015

A license to get married


I joined an online group for the summer called Index Card A Day.  It's just for the months of June and July and the idea behind it is to make a little bit of art every day on something that isn't precious (an every day index card) and that doesn't need to be perfect, just to create and experiment.  Well, I am truly in the "she can't draw worth a lick" kind of artist, so what the heck!

I've always wanted to learn how to collage.  It seems so easy - glue stuff to paper.  The few times I have attempted such a thing, they tend to just look messy.  The ICAD challenge is just the type of thing that I can do to both get my mind into a creative mode at least once each day and to practice my collage skills.



The Angel card at the top of the page was just part of a sticker I got from my last Lane Bryant purchase.  It said # I'm no angel, but that was just far too big to put on an index card.  I cut out the one word and then used a silver sharpie to make one giant frame around it.

The Eiffel Tower card was one of the months of a printable calendar for 2015.  I think it was January's card.  I cut it to fit the index card and added a few found pieces of paper and a bit of string I found on my table.


The Sundance Card was a special one as this signifies the delivery of the wedding rings/necklaces that arrived that day.



On June 2nd, Steve and I went to the county court to apply for our marriage license.  While we were there, I picked up a handful of the number tags that were left behind by other people.  I thought it would make a fun collage piece for that days index card.



The card above is the entire card -- I used parts of the tags and then colored on the thermal paper with dry erase pens - they smeared and changed color and were totally cool looking, in my opinion!  I am really glad I thought about taking those numbers home.




I used the Retro Camera App on my phone to take these next two photos.  I love the sketchy white border on them.  


This Saturday, Steve and I will be getting married.   I never thought I would find a partner that I loved and cared for as much as him.  Ya know, because I'm too old to be giggly in love.  I'm 48 and he's 52 and we're beyond that!

HA!

We have been in this rose colored, bouncing love bubble since about a month before we admitted we were in love.  We are the best team I've ever been a part of and I am grateful to be with Steve.  He's never been married before and I am proud to be his Bride.

Have a wonderful day!
Kristin



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