Friday, July 12, 2013

Fresh Fridays: Finding just the RiGHt Words

"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart."  -Vincent Van Gogh


I tend to do the same things over and over again. Whether it's what I eat, what I wear, how I clean my home or creating...there is something comforting about routine. 

Now don't get me wrong...routine can be the best thing but when it comes to creating...I like to shake it up a bit. Branch out, try new techniques, find quotes and questions that inspire me to think deeper and use products in new and challenging ways. 





Welcome to Fresh Fridays!! Join me every Friday for a short and sweet tip, prompt, product or photo to spark your creativity and freshen up your art journals or other mixed media projects. I am super excited about this and hope you can use my ideas to spark ideas of your own. Feel free to grab a button (right click on image, save, copy my blog address then put on your blog...easy!)I would be so happy if you passed the word on:)


Tip#1

I am a Word junkie. Every piece of my art has a phrase, quote or Word on it!!




In fact I rarely create a canvas or journal page without first looking for the perfect Word or quote first...nothing falls into place without using those as  my foundation!





A few years ago when my art journey began I realized it would not only be easier but FUN to have dozens of Words and quotes already available to use in my work.



Every few months or so I sit at my computer with quotes I have collected, phrases that inspire and Words that are on my mind. I LOVE this part of the creative process as I type each Word, decide on a font and size. After I print them out they go in a folder. I also keep a tin full of phrases and Words already cut out...this makes journaling and other projects that more fun!


I also use images of vintage girls in my work...several times throughout the year I am fortunate enough to find old magazines with tons of these photos. I always cut them out, paste onto cardstock then take to my local printer. They can print dozens of images for me for around 3 bucks!



The next time you are in a creative funk...why not sit down, type out some Words and quotes that speak to you and see what happens! I have no doubt if you try this...you won't ever stop.

How do you find just the right thing to say in your work?? Please share!!!

4 comments:

  1. I love quotes!! Having them ready and already typed up is a great tip!! :D

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  2. Great ideas! I collect quotes as well and usually always start with a wuote before I begin a new piece.
    Love the idea about the vintage girls.

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  3. These are great ideas, Leslie! I keep words and quotes that I have clipped from magazine, but I've never even thought of having words and quotes typed up and ready to use.

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  4. I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a nice information.

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I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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