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chapter two:
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finding inspiration
In this chapter, I’ll walk you through my studio space
and share some of the tricks and techniques I use in
the beginning stages of my creative process.
I’ll show you my mini “scrap books” (not your typical
scrapbook!) filled with instant “scrap” collages—my favorite
way to warm up for an art-making session.
From the small scrap books, we’ll move into sketchbooks,
where I’ll show you some ways to work through ideas and
compositions. Youll see how you can use your sketchbook
as a way to prepare for final, mixed-media paintings.
I’ll also share with you some of my favorite ways to find
inspiration and get the creative juices flowing.
creative surroundings
Its easy to fi nd inspiration when its all around you. When I work,
I surround myself with lots of little things I love. The large board you
see in the photograph at right is a simple store-bought bulletin board
that I’ve covered in a favorite fabric. The fabric is tacked up with map
pins, so its easy to change out when the mood strikes.
Whether it’s a ticket stub from a fun excursion, an old family photo-
graph, or a favorite quote scribbled on piece of scrap paper, these little
bits of ephemera each have a special story to tell. Their stories act as
wonderful inspirations for my sketchbook pages and mixed-media
paintings. All the bits and pieces on display above my worktable spark
new ideas and help to jump-start my creative process.
Its important to create a workspace that you love to be in. Whether
you have a dedicated space for art making, or just a small corner of
your home, try to make it your own. It’s about making a space that
you will love to be in, and once you do, I guarantee that the creative
ideas will fl ow.
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Above my studio worktable is a large inspiration board I use as a giant sketchbook for ideas and inspirations.
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My worktable holds only the necessities for an art-making session at an arm’s reach.
Colored pencils and tools are contained in fun, colorful (and cheap) tin cans from the supermarket.
Leftover and loose collage papers are always saved and stashed away in colorful boxes and vintage tins.
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Paints are stacked neatly alongside old jelly jars
that hold water and paintbrushes.
My
tubes of paints are held in an antique tool
caddy that belonged to my great-grandfather.
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