IDEA BOARDS TO STIMULATE CREATIVITY
Do you keep an idea wall? I had so many project ideas rattling around in my head and, not able to remember them all, needed a way to capture them for safekeeping. Like many, I have tons of photos on my phone, several of which I refer to for art projects. I also used to write notes when ideas popped into my head, but couldn't keep track of all the notes. Computers and post-its may be an easy storage system, yet are easily lost.
Seeing potential creative content at a glance - on a wall, in a frame, captured in a binder - boosts the the creative process - we can see the big picture, see how pictures relate, quickly dismiss parts that don't work. There's a reason that filmmakers and designers use storyboards and design boards for their projects.
A wall is ideal, or even a partial wall, to post photos, words, small sketches, anything we don't want to forget. Because of a lack of wall space, I converted an old frame for this purpose, painting it white, adding string to the back, and using clothespins to hang up my ideas.
I also started a chalkboard list - specifically to capture thoughts on projects that are in the works - a next step, an idea to try to incorporate - steps I don't want to lose sight of it but also may not get to for a while. Keeping all these thoughts on display is inspiring and helps bring perspective to my works.
A binder can be a great way to capture design element concepts that tickle the imagination and emotions. These provide prompts when we are stuck for next steps on a project. My binder is broken down into the several sections, with removable sheets I can prop on a counter or hang in my idea frame, and includes photos, images from magazines, sketches, samples I have made when testing an idea or learning a new stitch.
- interesting new colour combinations I had not thought to use previously
- lines (the lines in bird feathers, the ripples in sand, the spokes on a bicycle wheel)
- shapes (a fern unfurling in spring, a turtle shell, graffiti letters, a map)
- form (an acorn, mushroom, bowl)
- value (sunsets, lightning against a dark sky, shadows, a porch light at night)
- texture (a stone wall, tea fields)