A Little bit of #ICAD2015

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I know I said I was going to keep up to date with the ICAD posts but life has been just hectic and I’ve not had the chance to post them weekly here. I have, however, posted most of them on my personal Instagram account and you are more than welcome to have a look at the rest there. ☺ Here I am sharing cards 32-38, dated 2nd July through 8th July 2015. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with different techniques and for those dates did mostly doodles. Other cards have included painting, mixed media, collage and more. I used Letraset ProMarkers and Tria Markers for these along with Pitt Pens and Micron pens for the drawing aspect. So, without further ado, here they are!

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ICAD 2015, Card 32: Bubbles

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ICAD 2015, Card 33: Sleepy Cheeks

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ICAD 2015, Card 34: Rose Ambition

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ICAD 2015, Card 35: Texture Study

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ICAD 2015, Card 36: Metallic Waves

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ICAD 2015, Card 37: Chalkboard Style

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ICAD 2015, Card 38: Summer Berries, Strawberries

 

MATERIALS USED:
Tennessee Volunteers Index Cards
Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens in black
Sakura PIGMA MICRON Pens in black
LETRASET Promarkers (Pastels)
LETRASET Tria Markers (Brights)
CRAYOLA CRAYONS in Yellow Green

ALL ART WORK was hand-drawn and coloured by me, Nadia M. Perez Bugler. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 2015

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#ICAD2015 Week 1 Recap

  

Above are my first 7 cards for the ICAD 2015 challenge. A lot has happened this week so I hadn’t had the chance to post more this past week. 

Each individual card has an explanation on my personal Instagram and I’m hoping to blog a bit more this week. Prompts for week 2 (which starts tomorrow) are already up on Tammy’s blog and Instagram. Click on the button on the sidebar and have a look at her blog. 

This is such a fun project! I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s prompt! 

Hope everyone had a great Sunday!

Cheers,

Nadia xo

Life and #ICAD2015…

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Life, as depicted in my artwork above, has been a bit of a whirlwind lately for me. Visa application prep, missing and being far away from my hubby, just everything has been a jumble of mixed emotions and has felt like I’ve been on a roller coaster these last few months. Still, life is indeed beautiful and full of hope. I’m very excited as I have decided to take part in this year’s ICAD 2015 art challenge again. I took part but didn’t stay the course back in 2012 when ICAD was just on its second year running. You can see a few of the cards I made featured in my old blog, Mes Petites Creations. It’s cool to see how my artwork has changed in the course of three years.

ICAD was started by artist Tammy of the Daisy Yellow blog back in 2011 and stands for Index Card A Day. On her website you can find a full explanation about ICAD2015 as well as prompts for the week, daily prompts, tips and more. If you’ve never done any art journalling but have always wanted to try it, Daisy Yellow is a great blog for the beginner to learn from. I found Tammy’s blog back in 2012 when I was starting to dabble in art journalling and love it!

The image above is my 1st card of the 61 day challenge and incorporated elements from Tammy’s prompts. I used some brush pens I have for the lettering, magazine cut outs and pen drawings to embellish.

The best part of ICAD??? Being able to express oneself in absolutely any artistic medium without restrictions! Doing things like what I did in the above image, using all the different materials you have available. It’s a great way to practise new techniques, get out of our comfort zones and just create to our heart’s content. It’s also inspiring!

I made the card below in just 5 minutes using some new paint markers, inspired having done the first icad card today and my new found love of practising lettering. I have a long way to go yet but at least I’m getting out of my comfort zone and creating without restraints! It’s a wonderful feeling!

So, won’t you join us in this creative venture? If you want to learn more about ICAD just click any of the links above or the image link on the sidebar which will take you right to Tammy’s ICAD Index for all the news on how to start. Even if you don’t start today or do the whole challenge, just doing any amount of it will be rewarding in and of itself. Give it a try!

I’ll be doing more blog posts about ICAD weekly, sharing my cards on here at the end of each week. You can also see my cards on my personal instagram account, @mrsnadiabugler. Tootles!

Cheers!

Nadia xo

 

MATERIALS USED IN INDEX CARD:
Faber Castell Artist Pitt Pen, brush tip in Black (central word ‘life’), fineliner (chevron in upper left)
Art Performance Dual Brush Pens in Fleshy Pink, Sky Blue & Grey (‘life’ lettering background and chevron on lower right)
— Magazine cut outs
— 3×5 plain white index card

MATERIALS USED IN NOTECARD:
–White linen note card from a set purchased at Tuesday Morning
PAINTERS paint markers in Hot Pink and Neon Blue

 

In with the #NEW: Chronicling this past #week of #adventure

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This past week has been busy, busy, busy indeed for Alan and myself on either side of the pond. For him it has meant working over time and getting some floor work done in the kitchen of our future first home together, for me it has been setting up our new online shop and getting stationery orders out as we continue our creative endeavors to become fully self-employed over time. It is not easy but it is coming together ‘one pen stroke’ and ‘piece of weathered linoleum’ at a time. I know it sounds strange but thus it has been. It is why you’ve hardly heard from either of us and, when you have, it has been mostly me.

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{1. creamed eggs on toast 2. cutting letter papers by hand 3. decorating an outgoing envelope with stationery order inside}

Today, this Saturday 29th of March 2014, has been a rather gloomy day in Southwest Florida–rain, clouds and not a lot of natural light. I slept in (my body and mind needed it), got up and talked to my hubby via video chat (our best friend in times of being apart) and then made some creamed eggs on toast (Alan has never had any so it is one for me to make for him when we are together again) and ate them in the darkened dining room while solemnly contemplating what next month might bring. As I mentioned above, I’ve been busy creating the grand opening of our Walks in Beauty shop on bigcartel.com. It has been a long time coming and a major labour of love. I’d already been posting on our facebook page photos of our stationery collections/designs and had sold one set to a lovely friend and fellow snailmailer in Pennsylvania who has consequently become our biggest fan and through whom we got our second official order all the way from Canada! Yay!

I have a lot more to add to the shop this weekend but wanted to invite you all to peruse what we do have in there anyway by either clicking on the link in this post or the shop tab up above (newly added this week as well). It’s always nice to have visitors come over to our Facebook page as well and you can catch me on Twitter networking all the time. I’ve also spent some time catching up on snail mail in between sending out orders, creating new potential hand made products (including hand-drawn and painted sticker sheets as well as illustrated one of a kind card sets) and digitally designed and manipulated paper products using some fab new apps I encountered to alter my photography, updating apps and software I use and in general being productive. I took a break from all magazine related work this week but starting Monday will get back into the swing of things.

{1. Packaged stationery designs, sampler pack 2. Hand-drawn/painted Peace and Tranquility Stickers 3. Hand painted card design in British Telephone Box 4. More stationery ready to go out for an order}

{1. Packaged stationery designs, sampler pack 2. Hand-drawn/painted Peace and Tranquility Stickers 3. Hand painted card design in British Telephone Box 4. More stationery ready to go out for an order}

{1. Screenshot of bigcartel shop from my iPhone 2. Packing up a set of 8 mini flat note cards for a friend 3. Working with watercolour filters for my photography-new projects 4. Decorating snailmail envelopes}

{1. Screenshot of bigcartel shop from my iPhone 2. Packing up a set of 8 mini flat note cards for a friend 3. Working with watercolour filters for my photography-new projects 4. Decorating snailmail envelopes}

So as you can see from the photos above, there are a lot of new and exciting things going on plus I am also working on getting organised with the blog and getting more regular posts up. I sent a little bit of paper cheer to a fellow blogger and favourite, Ouissi Gretsy from The Old Fashioned Mama. If you’ve not yet read her blog you really ought to! It’s fun, quirky and best of all very honest. All in all, it has been a very productive week and I am hoping next week will be just that! Until we meet again my friends!

Happy reading and happy blogging!

 

xx Nadia

 

‘Becalming’

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A shot taken from my usual route to work, just off of St Swithuns Road, in Bridport, (West Dorset). It was a hot July day when I took this, and the sunlight was sufficiently intense to pierce the murkier depths of the River Brit (one of Bridport’s three main rivers) at this point, creating the almost milky shafts of light seen here – and although I’ve walked over this stone bridge many times, I’d rarely seen it looking quite so idyllic as this! 🙂

A little bit of #watercolor inspiration…

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I am always looking for inspiring projects and ways to flex my creative mind so when I heard about pen pal journals I knew I had to make one to swap with one of my many pals. The recipient of the one I am working on right now is my pal Erin from NY and it has been a blast illustrating it! I’d been doing mostly ink drawings up until now. I decided yesterday to work with my little Koi watercolor travel set and play around with fall coloured leaves! The results are pictured above and below this text. I also experimented with drawing butterflies, inspired by a old calendar I found while rummaging my paper stash (yes, I have a small hoard of craft supplies full of paper bits and other odds and ends). Tomorrow I will show you the finished large butterfly illustration I did for Erin but I have included some small ones I drew and painted in to embellish the page I was writing on. Do you ever hand-draw and paint your embellishments on letters or cards and things? Just curious. Enjoy!

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*Sakura Micron Pens in Black ink #08, #03, and #02
*Sakura Koi Watercolour Pocket Field Sketch Box, Set of 12 colours

Special thanks to Alisa Burke through whom I was able to first come to know the Koi Watercolour Field Sketch boxes! Her blog is awesome and a constant inspiration to me!

 

Orange + Golden Hues…

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A new page from my art journal. I was very much inspired by orange and yellow colors this evening. I normally do not care for painting in the evening and prefer to paint by daylight but I had such a great desire to create something beautiful and very nearly destroyed my previous entry (the paper is terribly thin and no matter how much gesso I use it is still not the best thing to use). Thankfully I scanned the image before it got destroyed at all so I can at least have a digital copy. I enjoy mixed media techniques and used a few in this piece. A little bit of washi tape features too. Enjoy!