Yesterday's mail brought an envelope full of nature related images. It was from a swap-bot partner, and the object of the swap was to create a cool envelope using the nature theme and include at least a dozen images for your partner to use in future collage.
Here are both sides of the envelope I created and sent to my partner last week:
and here are the four index cards I made last night using some of the images my partner sent me:
I was so tired last night after a wonderful full-day family outing that I didn't see how I was going to make an index card. My cloudy brain felt overwhelmed and at a loss for ideas. I remembered the swap envelope, still on the kitchen counter, unopened. I poured the contents on the work table and decided I would use only those images. (I ended up adding my own tissue paper to #2 and #4, and the text to #1, otherwise all the images came from that envelope.)
I just sat there pushing the images around for the longest time until eventually the chicken one came together (with a little help from my typewriter and the song stuck in my head). After that, I was inspired and all tiredness was forgotten. And this is exactly why I love the ICAD challenge so much. Without having made that commitment to myself, I would have fallen asleep on the couch without making any art last night. Instead I came away with four small collages that make me smile, I pushed myself to look at fairly conventional images in new ways, and had a thoroughly enjoyable and energizing hour of creativity.
Oh yeah - and I brought myself four collages closer to my goal of 365 in 2013. Win!