Creative +Practice is something that I’ve been playing with since November 2011. It’s a term that Lisa Sonora Beam designed to allow her put her ideas, images, drawing, articles, in a visual journal to make art every day. I took her Creative +Practice on-line course to create a beautiful visual journal.
The class was so interesting and applicable to my work as a mixed media artist that I have been working with it consistently over the past 8 months. I started with a blank black sketch book that a friend had given me. Nothing fancy—black cover, bare white blank pages.
It had a transformation over the past months. A painted cover, pages added, lots of writing, and pockets.
Today is a special day because this sketchbook is complete. All filled with images, writing, ideas, possibilities for art that may or may not unfold. It’s a place to put ideas, and keep the flow of creative spirit every day. One of my biggest mottos is: “Create every day.” This method helps me stay true to myself and have a place to put the inspiration as it comes. And when it is not flowing, I can look here.
It’s a place to add images, articles and things that I may want to refer to in the future. My new sketch book pages measure 8.5” x 11. The last sketch book was 5” x 8”.
I will paint the cover soon. I’m thinking of a salmon type red—a bit softer, though. Maybe a bit of coral and terracotta… Hmmm. It’s fun to have it beautiful to look at the outside too.
Where do you keep your thoughts and musings? On a napkin from a restaurant, in a sketchbook, in a journal, a moleskin notebook, with lines or blank or graph paper…? Leave a comment, if you have ideas for gathering your creative musings. How do you do it if you're a poet, a musician, a costume designer, a floral arranger? I'm curious...
I've added a new gallery named Landscape Quilts. I'm enjoying looking, photographing, and posting old friends--art quilts that I'd someone to enjoy.