One of my newer blogging friends, Lisa, asked me a question in the last post about creative minds. I really had to laugh because not only is she a hilarious writer but having a creative mind is also called ADD by many people. It is nice to have someone think that it is a good thing. ;)
Seriously, a little of my creative process - for those who are interested. My brain is running constantly with ideas, colors, techniques, ways to interpret my erratic thoughts. I often dream about my designs and my sub-conscious will help me finish one that I am stuck on. For me the layout begins with a photo- if I am working with specific papers I may look for a photo to go with the papers but still it is the most important part - without my photos I wouldn't scrap at all, I would only do mixed media projects. Most photos give me some sort of emotion or theme to work from and I try to convey that in my project. As you might imagine I am a pretty emotional woman - I feel things very deeply and creating is one of the biggest passions in my life.
As far as designing the page - sometimes I just go with it - or something will strike me as I am selecting papers and embellishments. I also look at sketches or see something that inspires me as a starting point - but I don't usually sketch it all out - just the basic outlines. I do spend a lot of time embellishing and picking the perfect colors for my projects - to me color is the second most important thing - getting that perfect contrast or pop of color is what makes a layout for me. I am mostly self-taught in that area - but I have always sewn and made quilts so color is something I have always played with. My mom says that coloring was my favorite activity as a child. There are many great guides for color theory - I usually just think of the color wheel and what is opposite of my main color - to create a pop or make sure to have different scales of patterns to break up the design. Also - leaving a place for you eye to rest - some white space is important.
Finishing - when is it finished? Many times I have to make myself just stop and say go with it - and sometimes it just feels complete immediately. I do audition and move things around a lot to get the perfect fit and then glue at the end.
After reading this - you can see how erratic my process is - but that's how my brain works. Hope you aren't too scared after seeing a little glimpse into my creative mind. But that's me! :)
Is anyone else like that? I'd love to hear about your creative mind!
Hope you had a great weekend and I'll see you in blogland!