Via Diane's Mixed Art Blog, I found out about Gaby Cajubrasil's blog. She is a fiber and mixed-media artist from Brazil. She also generously offers the most elegant collage sheets. Thank you Gaby! Check out her blog for some beautiful images.
I recently purchased a wire postcard holder fromStampington & Company. I'm really pleased with my purchase and I plan to use the holder in a variety of ways, e.g., to:
Display my new mixed-media/collage cards in my home.
Use as a promotional display at Craft Shows.
Display art pieces that are works-in-progress in my Studio.
I believe I will benefit most from displaying my works-in-progress on the postcard holder. Some Artists call these pieces starts. I've found that when I display half-finished works of art in my studio - and let them rest - my sub-conscious takes over.
During the next few days (or weeks), I might be working on an entirely new project. But I usually glance at my starts and new ideas begin to tug at my muse. Soon, I come up with the perfect way to finish one of my starts.In a way, I will be using my Postcard Holder as an Artist's tool.
Here's the postcard holder. What do you do to keep the creativity going?
I had this unfinished collage lying on my studio table for the past few weeks. Today, I decided to finish it up so that I could claim one artistic accomplishment for the morning.
I'm not entirely satisfied with the collage. I used clothing pattern paper for part of the background. Since the pattern paper is beige, it gave an off-color to the entire collage. I also used pink velum paper to cover the word GIRL in the collage.
But, the good news is, I leaned something from my art today. Pattern paper does not always work with other colors in a collage.
I'm always on the lookout for new ideas - and ways to improve my mixed-media art. I recently purchased two new books that caught my attention: Caffeine for the Creative Mind (250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain) authored by Stefan Mamaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield. The book's purpose is to help readers prepare, and train, to create ideas in greater quality and quantity by doing the suggested exercises.
The other book, Design Basics Index authored by Jim Krause, is targeted to designers. Although I'm not a designer, I like the book's focus on the Principles of Visual Design - and Exercises to help readers flex their own creative muscles. I really believe the book would be helpful to many artists.
I have quite a few books on Creativity and Idea Generation. When I'm beginning a new project, or hit a dry patch, I like to grab a bunch of these books and randomly glance through the pages.
When interesting ideas begin bubbling through my brain, I start to take notes. Eventually, I come up with pages of project ideas or new creative paths to explore.
I probably will use these two new books in the same way. Do you have any favorite books that get your creative juices flowing? Have a Creative Day, Darlene
I'm finally back in Blogland. I missed my daily visits to all the creative, mixed-media and art blogs that tempt us bloggers.Yes, we all probably spend too much time reading each other's blogs. But it certainly is inspiring and fun.
I received a fabulous RAK from Dawn Binyon. Thank you so much Dawn!! I love her creative use of embellishments. Check out her blog atAltered Artists.