My very talented friend Janet Ribet (aka: swanlady21) invited me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop, a perpetual hop that highlights card makers and provides a look inside of how they do what they do and why they do it. We're all posed the same questions, so here are my responses!
What am I working on now?
I'm working on a couple of things at present. I'm on the design teams for Hampton Art and Memory Box, so I have cards I make for them every month. I find that I tend to do much better if I work in stages rather than try to build a card from start to finish in one sitting. I'm finishing my entry for the September Card Chain Challenge, and I'm in Stage Two of creating a card for the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. In addition, I'm working on some samples for a magazine project and was just invited to do a guest post and card for an online merchant's blog.
Here's a sneak peak of an upcoming card:
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
This is a hard question for me to answer as I have never felt like I have a specific style, and I often feel like a First Class Poser as a result. I'm quite envious of cardmakers who have a distinct style and whose work I can spot a mile away. (I suspect I have attention-deficit disorder or commitment issues.)
I prefer the Clean & Simple school, but I often wonder if my Clean-And-Simple isn't more like Dull-And-Boring. I do regularly get praise for my coloring skills, and although I'm Copic certified, I prefer using colored pencils - which is not typical these days. So let's go with that one! Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket! My work differs from others in my genre because I prefer colored pencils over Copics!
And here's a card I made in support of my statement. (Actually, I've been meaning to put this image on a card for Mary Dawn Quirindongo since April but am just now getting around to it.)
I colored this sweet little dancer last April with Spectrum Noire colored pencils. I really, really love the depth and texture provided by colored pencils - Copics don't give you that.
Why do I create what I do?
If we're talking about why I make cards, (as opposed to ceramic elephants) it's because I love all the parts and pieces that come with cardmaking: the stamps and ink, patterned papers, the dies... (oh, heaven help me, the dies)! If we're talking about why I like to color my images with pencils, it's because I love the way the pencils feel as they go across the paper and how they glow on the page with a depth and texture that Makes Me Happy.
How does my creative process work?
I have issues with Too Many Choices. I can (and do) fritter away my precious little creative time in multiple fits of indecision. Three weeks ago I decided I'd had enough of this nonsense and have since developed a process that I'm forcing myself to adopt.
First, I browse recent Pinterest pins (from vacation pictures to Goodwill acquisitions). I'm allowed 10-minutes and no more.
Second, while I'm online, I snag a card sketch because laying out the card's floorplan has always taken me for-stinking-ever. (It's utterly ridiculous.)
Third, to combat "design vacillation", I make a kit and then limit myself to its contents - all other materials are off limits. I usually include a 6x6 patterned paper pad, three coordinating inks, a stamp set, three embellishment choices, and a die/die set. My cards may look a little off/awkward at present, but I'm hoping I will eventually master my new process.
In addition, I'm determined to work in stages rather than try to complete a card in one sitting; I seem to do much better if I'm working on multiple cards in various stages. I also find that my productivity level increases greatly if I listen to a book on CD. There's something about distracting part of my brain that allows me to make design decisions more quickly.
Who am I tagging for the next round of the Creative Blog Hop?
How does my creative process work?How does my creative process work?WwhwhhjhjhI'm tagging the lovely Heather Doran, (aka: Heather Maria) a most talented cardmaker from Ireland. I met Heather through the Hero Arts Flickr Group, and she's as sweet and considerate as they come. If you would like to see some of Heather's beautiful creations, check out her blog, Stamping & Stitching, and her Flickr Gallery.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!