This week's chapter for 12 Secrets has me thinking more about what inspires and fascinates me creatively...
My tools inspire me. Having lots of tools to play and experiment with, as well as finding the right tool for the project really helps me. Tools for shaping and texturing and cutting. Its fascinating to play with a tool and see what you can do with it. Its also fascinating that you can find a tool for doing absolutely anything, if you look long enough. Above are just some of my very favorite tools.
Color inspires and fascinates me. Colors from nature and art supplies that are colorful or help create color are inspiring. The more color the better! I love using bold, bright color; its fascinating to mix colors and see what I get, and I love playing with unusual color combinations.
Books, booklets, magazines, brochures and pamphlets. I get inspired reading about new ideas, seeing finished projects, learning through tutorials... I find something new and I'm fascinated. I flip through my reading material endlessly, seeing what catches my attention, making mental notes of things I want to try, looking for inspiration.
The one thing I realize from reading other participants' posts on inspiration is that what I don't have much of is support from others. I realize that I feel isolated in this area. Of course my husband is supportive, but he also admits he doesn't understand my creative drive. He's not a kindred spirit in that sense. Family is far away, I don't really get to share with them much and real life friends don't really get the whole creative thing, either. Most of my support from other people comes from online friends. I do wish I had more people that I could share my creative dreams with, I'd really like to know more creative kindred spirits and have more opportunities to "talk shop".