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Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...4th Week Finished, on to Week 5!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015
This has been, so far, 28 days of painting a 4x6 everyday.  It didn't sound like it was going to be that difficult in the beginning. Beginnings never are. Now it day 28 and I'm running out of ideas. Never thought I say that...but I am.  Am I gonna stop, no...but this has been a learning experience and I'm glad I did it. 

ICAD #21…off prompt, sketching in my backyard on a quite morning… Watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper. Morning glory, flower, blue, sketch, painting   #ICAD2015 (btw I have one bloom in my entire backyard and this is it) 


ICAD #22…off prompt, quick geranium sketch… 2nd non-rainy morning in a row, gotta take advantage of that! Watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015



 ICAD #23…off prompt, Pods sketch…mostly playing with mixing greens. Watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015



ICAD #24…off prompt, Dandelion sketch over morning coffee.  Watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015



 ICAD #25…off prompt & desk shot.  Can you tell I’m sick of the rain here…I feel like a fish…. Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.   #ICAD2015




ICAD #26…off prompt…I went with PINK today, willing the rain to go away.  Watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015



 ICAD #27…off prompt…My thought for today – Reach for the moon, veto hate and inspire kindness.   Watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015

ICAD #28…off prompt…I’m sleeping with the lights on tomorrow.  Getting ready to start week 5 and I’m still working the challenge…YAY!!! Zig Clean Color Brush Pens and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015

Ok...that's it for me today...off to do something fun!!!

~Moon 

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...still at it...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

ICAD #16…off prompt and Muse driven… watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper.    #ICAD2015




 ICAD #17…off prompt Mr. Bunny…still-kinda-damp desk shot.  Lyra water soluble graphite crayon, pencil, Zig Clean color brush pen, and watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper.    #ICAD2015






ICAD #18…off prompt, Ms. Warthog … Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  We have sunshine here…so I painting happy again.  #ICAD2015






ICAD #19…off prompt, Zombie Bunny… Zig Clean Color Brush Pens and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  #ICAD2015




ICAD #20…off prompt, Adventure Time… Watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper.  Love Daniel Smith Iridescent Bronze.  #ICAD2015

I'm caught up and it's back to the studio with me.  

Laters....
~Moon 

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...watercolor and ink minis

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I'm still at it...this challenge is pushing me to paint everyday.  It's the beginning of the third week...


 ICAD #13…  The challenge prompt is blueberry and plum. The prompt didn’t talk to me so I’m back to my comfort zone…quick kitty face in Ink and watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper. Line work done with a dip pen.  Tomorrow is another day…and another prompt.   #ICAD2015


ICAD #14…  The challenge prompt is salt and pepper. Water soluble ink on 4x6 scrap paper, line work done with a dip pen, and totally outside my comfort zone.   #ICAD2015

ICAD #15…  I’ve broke leash, went wild…I’m promptless and I’m staying that way.  Watercolor and ink on 4x6 scrap paper. 

I'm done with prompts...they aren't helping at this time.  

Have a great day!!!
~Moon  

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...mini watercolors

Friday, June 12, 2015

ICAD #7 Still doodling, kinda…this is more playing with color. Watercolor on scrap paper.




ICAD #8 desk shot… I decided to go with the challenge prompts…grapefruit & cherry. Derwent Inktense pencils, Lyra water soluble graphite crayon, & pencil on 4x6 scrap paper.



 ICAD #9… I decided to go with the challenge prompts…carrot & lemon. I sputtered, my Muse took a hike…so it was back to my comfort zone of watercolor and cat faces. Burnt orange and dark yellow with black watercolor…I used FW inks with a dip pen, Lyra water soluble graphite crayon, & pencil on 4x6 scrap paper.



ICAD #10… The challenge prompt is eggplant & ginger. This one hurt my brain…tomorrow is another day and another prompt…so it was a purple, ginger, and green thought. Ink and watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper. ‪#‎ICAD2015




ICAD #11… The challenge prompt is lime and mango. Sooooo here’s the Keeper of the Mango Fields with Lime Wedge Trees….prompt stretching here I come. Ink and watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper. ‪#‎ICAD2015





ICAD #12… The challenge prompt is parsnip and kiwi. I’m not a fan of parsnips but the kiwis were talking to me. Ink and watercolor on 4x6 scrap paper. Line work done with a dip pen. #ICAD2015

Have a great weekend!!!
~Moon 

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge 6#

Saturday, June 06, 2015

I'm still plugging away at the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge.  Still doodling over morning coffee...still using Koh-I-Noor craft pens, Koh-I-Noor Technical ink, and Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.   #ICAD2015

Life is busy and messy....so there's a good reason why this is called a challenge.  It's carving out time everyday to do some sort of experimental art. I'm glad I'm doing it.  There are a lot of raw materials or techniques I shy away from because of either time or I should be working on something that is sellable.  This is a guilt free challenge in that aspect. 

Ok...time to get some more things done, my "To-Do" list is getting longer and longer. 

~Moon 
   

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge 5#

Friday, June 05, 2015

    Doodles over coffee...still working with Koh-I-Noor craft pens, Koh-I-Noor Technical ink, and Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.   

    I was inspired by today's weather forecast in my neck of the woods.... ‪#‎ICAD2015

    I'm off to go transfer files today...my external drives are here and I've got a mess. 
    ~Moon 

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...ICAD 4# More Doodles over Coffee...

Thursday, June 04, 2015

I'm still working with Koh-I-Noor craft pens, Koh-I-Noor Technical ink, and Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. 

So far, I'm impressed with all three.

One of the prompts was doodles and drawings for the first week. Normally I don't do prompts but I needed a starting point...it worked and I'm staying with it....

#ICAD 2015 

Have a great day!
~Moon 

Wordless Wednesday.....Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...ICAD 3#

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Laters....I'm off sketching....
~Moon 

Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...#2....Working Review of Koh-I-Noor Technical Ink, Platinum Carbon Ink, and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Desk shot from this morning's 'Doodle over Coffee".  Below is a working review of these inks and pens....





Second card, I'm still at it and working small still hasn't changed for me.  It's only my second card and I'm thinking that I'm waiting a miracle to happen. LoL  I am finding that I really like lettering and will stay with this concept for a bit.  I think that they could be fun cards or iPhone case covers. Time will tell. 

This card was created with Koh-I-Noor craft pens, Koh-I-Noor Technical ink, and Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (damn, that's a mouth full).  Koh-I-Noor Technical ink won hands down for sketching and fine hash marks.  It's smoother, a quicker dry, and just as dark as Platinum Carbon Ink.  I like the way the container is designed for filling my pens but I have to tape it if I travel with the ink.  Again, my experience of a truly massive epic mess.  I wonder if sometimes I'm not the reason why we have so many warning labels on products. 

Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens are becoming a mainstay on both my desk and sketching kit. They are dye based, very blendable, and watersoluble.  I've got more testing on them before I would sell the original work but they are wonderful for sketching and illustrations that I only want the image of.  I'll do more testing and make my decision later...but so far, I'm very impressed. 

By the way, if you decide to use Platinum Carbon Ink...be careful what type of pen you use. If you let it dry in a fountain pen, you will be kissing that pen good bye....  Platinum Carbon Ink is Timex, after dry, it's even hard to get off your hands. I can tell you from experience...and if you make a mistake on paper, it's a done deal.  If you get it on carpet, it's staying black. No amount of scrubbing will remove it. It's pigment based, waterproof, lightfast, and will outlast me. That's why I use it for many different projects.  It will not smear, after fully dry, with watercolor or react with markers.  I don't know what this ink is made from but geez, it's dependable but it takes a while to dry.  So I typically use it more in the studio. 

Laters....I've got to go make stuff...
~Moon 


Index-Card-a-Day Challenge...#1, the beginning (waterproof ink reviews).

Monday, June 01, 2015

First card, decided to make it a doodle and I'm still haven't got the hang of working small yet. 

I'm trying out some Koh-I-Noor craft pens with Platinum Carbon ink and Koh-I-Noor Technical ink.  So far it's been a toss up to which ink I like the best.  Both are waterproof but it seems like Koh-I-Noor dries quicker. 

Laters...have a great day...
~Moon