I've been thinking about creativity, (or in my case, lack thereof) a lot lately. A few years ago I kept a scrap journal, inspired by Hanna's post here. Each Saturday, I would post a page of these silly scrap collages. My last Silly Scraps Saturday post was here.
When I filled up the journal, I thought that I would keep doing them in another journal. Only I didn't. My scraps are proliferating but my collages aren't.
What does this have to do with creativity? I feel like I need a creativity boost, and I'm wondering whether consolidating all of those journals was such a good idea. Each medium needs a different size or type of paper, and without a journal to do them in, I feel creative block setting in. Too many choices! If I have a journal for collage, maybe I'll do more.
Just as I was thinking about this I read this post over at Daisy Yellow. (Tammy is also an accountant, so our brains might just work the same way.) She says that a decade ago she would have found multiple journals too disorganized, but now she finds that it gives her energy. That works for me! I love it when I get "permission" to do something from someone I respect. Tammy is the queen of creativity - she runs the Index Card A Day project.
This morning I made a new Scrap Journal and did this first collage. It looks like Silly Scraps Saturday is Back!
There are times when I find it difficult to get inspired. Right now it is tax season, and our home office is a zoo. (In Canada, this goes on until April 30.) I get to the end of the day before I know it, and enjoy a brief respite when my sister calls me on Skype.
My pencil crayons are always on my desk, and sometimes I doodle while we chat. In my desk drawer I keep a file of gelli prints and other painted papers waiting for the muse to visit and tell me what to do. These days I drag a piece out and add a layer of pencil crayon.
This was a piece where I'd cleaned off some stencils. A boring brown and red thing. Now it has new life. I have no idea what I'll do with it next, but I'm starting to like it!
Nature inspires my art, and it is tulip season in Vancouver. This is a birthday card for my niece. I drew the tulips with an elegant writer calligraphy felt pen and used watercolor to spread the ink and add just a hint of colour.
My sketchbook is also a place to test out supplies and new techniques. Here I was drawing with a Hunt 102 mapping nib and Sumi Ink.
This is a test of a background technique that I'd done before but forgotten about. I scribbled water soluble markers on a baggie, sprayed it with water and then applied it to the page. You can also use food wrap or thinner plastic bags, an acetate sheet, acrylic block or craft sheet to do a similar thing.
It has been a whole month since we looked inside my sketchbook!
I finished the book I was reading on doodling.
I'm not really a doodler. (I mean, really, if I had to read a book to learn how to do it, will I ever do it again?) I think of doodling as something one does when in a meeting or at a lecture. I'm much too focussed on the proceedings to doodle at the same time. Or maybe because I never doodled all those years that I was in school, I have to focus on it too much to listen at the same time. Maybe I just can't do two things at once.