ICAD Challenge 2016

by ARIZONA1316

ICAD means Index Card a Day. It is a creative challenge facilitated by Tammy Garcia from Daisy Yellow Art.

It is a challenge to get creative daily for 61 days on a small card (index card size). There are optional prompts or themes for everyday or for every week.

I had already done the challenge in 2015 but on smaller cards, this year I decided to do things right and actually purchased index cards plain and gridded and off I was experimenting once again. And it is great fun! Last year I had done the challenge creating a bunch of cards at a time and then nothing for a few days, however I had been happy to finish 61 cards already.

This year I more regularly created one card a day, just because creating at least one little piece everyday has become essential for me ;) Seriously I just love thinking about art and giving it a try everyday whenever possible even if it’s just for 10 minutes before I go to bed.

I am amazed that I actually came up with ideas for 61 different cards, I love that the challenge is mainly about process and experimenting, this is hugely liberating, no pressure, just creating for the fun of it and enjoying every minute. I am definitely looking forward to the next challenge in 2017…

Below are all the cards I created this summer and you can also check them individually on my Instagram account http://www.instagram.com/padmerlin

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

















Howdy Makers!

Here is my second contribution as a Stick it Down team designer.
It is summer here, so these new double pages are about summer! And fun, and icecream! It is actually my favorite season, going to the beach, walking in the sand, thinking about nothing while swimming and trying to do handstands in the water! I wish it never ended…

Anyways, here the sketch for August:

August sketch

And my pages are right there. I basically took all the elements of the sketch, and kind of mixed them my way 😜
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What are your favorite things about this time of year, wherever you are?

Also some updates!
First, I added some illustrations to my Etsy shop, you can visit it and find the perfect for yourself, or for a gift! Just click on the orange picture on the right column and you’ll be at the right place! The shop will be updated often.
Or here: Visit the Wild Makers Studio Etsy shop.                                                                                             

Also Stick it Down now has an Instagram you can follow! If you participate to the challenges, just tag #stickitdown to join the movement :-)
Here is the link: https://www.instagram.com/stickitdown/

Have a lovely week-end!


Hello dear makers!

Are you all having a creative summer? I hope so!
As I was wandering through Pinterest the other day, I came accross some beautiful photo portraits. In particular one of a beautiful Ecuadorian lady, by Mihaela Noroc. And I thought about my wacom tablet that I had not used in a while… And I gave it a try and drew her portrait on Illustrator.

There are thousands and thousands of layers. I think I should watch Youtube videos to see how other illustrators do it! It was fun, and felt good to be able to go CTRL Z when I made a mistake ^^

My inspiration here:

Here is the process:

And here the result:


Have a nice week!

Lifebook inspiration

by Arizona1316 

This year I decided to join the Lifebook 2016 adventure offered by Tamara Laporte.

I joined for the weekly reminder that I SHOULD make art because it makes me happy and also to learn about techniques and mediums: drawing, watercolour, mixed media, acrylics and more…

It was a great idea and I am enjoying it even more than I had expected. I learn from amazing and enthusiastic teachers and I feel inspired to create more than once a week…

I totally encourage everyone to join such a course, whether beginner or expert, I’m sure you will appreciate the artistic journey.

So here’s a recap of my favourite projects for the first half of this year…

Cette année je me suis inscrite au cours en ligne proposé par Tamara Laporte Lifebook 2016 (art journaling et développement personnel).

C’est avec plaisir et impatience que je découvre chaque lundi la proposition de projet. N’ayant aucune formation artistique, cela me permet d’apprendre de nouvelles techniques: dessin, aquarelle, mixed media, acrylique et bien plus…

Les enseignants ont une pêche et un enthousiasme qui m’inspirent pour créer plus souvent qu’une fois par semaine…

J’encourage bien sûr tous ceux qui veulent créer à s’inscrire, débutants comme les autres apprécieront certainement l’aventure.

Voici donc quelques-uns des projets que j’ai préférés jusqu’à maintenant…



Padmerlin is becoming Arizona1316 on wordpress, same account on Instagram though http://www.instagram.com/padmerlin


by Petite Cocotte! 

Bonjour et bienvenue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Je vais vous parler d’origami 3d, et fabriquer  aujourd’hui sous vos yeux ébahis un poisson blanc, rose clair et rose foncé.

Regardez la vidéo:

Le poisson terminé:
3D Origami fish

Vous nous montrerez si vous en faites aussi ?

J’en ai offert un différent à ma grande sœur, qui fête aujourd’hui ses 12 ans! Joyeux anniversaire LAURE !
FullSizeRenderUn dessin fait sur l’application Sketches Pro.

A une prochaine!

Petite Cocotte est la jeune recrue de Wild Makers ;-) Excellente apprentie yogi, elle aime faire de l’art, la glace à la framboise et la série tévé Soy Luna!



When I had more time on my hands months ago, before started this blog, I wanted to find new ways to create. And one day I came across a DT call launched by Stick it Down. They were looking for people to join their several design teams (card, page, double page, etc.).
As I told you already, I’m joining the design team and I’ll be creating double pages from now to December !!! YAY AGAIN!

Here is my first contribution!
It was so nice going back to scrapbooking, including collage, and drawing. I have always had a few scrapbooking supplies, like papers and stamps. But I also wanted to go back to basic this times, and really scrapbook, with nice papers found in magazines and handwriting…
I can’t wait to see everyone’s double pages!
Don’t forget to visit Stick it Down and be inspired by the monthly sketches!

Après m’être remise sérieusement à la peinture, j’essayais de trouver de nouvelles façon de créer. Et je suis tombée sur un DT call lancé par Stick it Down que vous pouvez découvrir ici, si vous ne connaissez pas encore.
Un mois après avoir envoyé ma candidature, j’ai reçu une bonne nouvelle: je rejoins cette équipe de créatrices pour les six prochains mois !! Et plus particulièrement l’équipe qui réalise les doubles pages.

Et enfin la première double page! Celle de juillet.
Comme j’aime bien toucher à tout, j’ai un peu de tout chez moi. Dont quelques essentiels pour le scrap, comme le papier, les tampons. Pour ajouter à cette nouvelle habitude, j’ai voulu revenir aux basics, et plutôt que d’acheter tout et rien, trouver des choses dans les magazines à coller, écrire les titres à la main. Et j’aime le résultat!
Si vous voulez vous y essayer, voici le sktech. Et juste en dessous ma double page sur la thématique de la nature!

The July Stick it Down double page sketch:

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July Stick it Down double page.

Have a wonderful creative day (and I believe that even 5 minutes are enough to create, so everything counts!).


Hello lovely people.

Just a few pictures from this morning, when we did a little yoga. We found a nice spot under a tree, with a little shade and a little sunshine. There were good laughs, smiles, and failed crows (for me ;-)). It seems that my niece is so flexible and talented, she can do any pose, just by looking at a picture of the pose!

Quelques photos de yoga de ce matin. Sous un petit coin agréable, avec un peu d’ombre, un peu de soleil! On a rit, je suis tombée (seulement moi;)) Il semblerait que ma petite nièce soit si souple que juste en regardant une photo de yoga elle peut la reproduire en quelques secondes!

Family yoga.