So what inspires you in the creative process? I'm inspired by colors or color combinations...textures...images. I love to look through magazines & catalogues to find inspiration. For years, I had files & boxes of pages torn from magazines. Did I ever go back to them? Nope. So one night when I couldn't sleep, I pulled out a blank journal & started clipping my favorite images from some of the pages I'd saved. Laid the pics out in piles of related colors or textures...and started to glue them into the journal. This is not a wonderfully creative art journal...it's not a place for me to vent my frustrations & celebrate my joys. Rather, it is a place for me to go to look when I need a bit of inspiration for a project.
The journal is a work in progress. As I find a wonderful pic in a magazine or catalogue, I'll tear it out & add it to a folder. When I feel like just sitting & organizing the images, I pull out scissors or my paper cutter & a glue stick & arrange a spread that is pleasing to my eye. Sometimes a pic gets added to a page that was started awhile back...some pages have one or two lonely images on them, just waiting to see what gets glued in there next. Ideas for projects are scribbled throughout the pages.
So I'm curious...does anyone else do this? How do you organize images you want to refer to later? Do you keep a journal of ideas? Inspirational words or quotes? What inspires you to create?
Here are a few more spreads from my journal...enjoy!