So ICAD begins today. See here for details, it is not too late to join in. There are so many people playing along this year, the creative energy is pulsating!! There is a Flickr group and Facebook group to share your cards.
I am intending at this stage to do weekly posts sharing all my index cards but I thought I would do an introduction one!
This year my daughter (aged 6) is joining in as well and after only one day I have learnt some lessons!
First is my card. I kept all the punched out bits from when I bound my index cards from last year (see here), and so my first card I glued all those bits onto an index card. Starting the index cards with bits from the old. :)
Then there was my daughter, she began painting while in the middle of her breakfast, so excited was she to finally begin her little pile of index cards.
As she began painting I asked her what she was painting and her reply was that she just wanted to “see the colours come out of her hands at the moment”. So I asked her if she was painting anything at all, or just pattern and her wise response was “I am painting colours”. I took her cue and left her alone to her own card.
A little bit later I saw she had brought out the dimensional paint. When she used it liberally I did have thoughts that this post would get done tomorrow which is how long it would take to dry!
I then heard her give an exasperated very exaggerated sigh, so I asked if I could help and she said she was trying to do a Christmas tree but it wasn’t working. All I saw was a circle of green in the middle and so I sketched out a rough Christmas tree shape, which I gathered was not the right thing when she gave me a look like I was completely clueless.
It eventually turned out the round puddle was because she wanted a Christmas tree that stood out from the page. There was a part of me that wanted her to just paint a tree on and be done with it, but the whole idea of her joining in was to do them her way. So we came up with a plan following her direction which was not merely a painted card and this is what we have ended up with.
From above, the card is filled with colour…
But it is glorious from the side…
I am also super proud she has shown such a keen interest in Christmas already. We may be able to begin celebrating Christmas early with her and my enthusiasm combined though her father is much less receptive to that idea.