Here's where to find unique ideas for making arts and crafts
There are lots of great resources all around and closer to you than you may think.
Here are just a few places you will find that may spark your imagination for your next craft project:
1) advertisements of any type in any kind of all types of magazines.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX:
Give your imaginary senses a chance at this experiment: Look at pictures in the ad you see in a – different way- see what you can see that no one else does. Do you see something else going on the picture? Look at the color combinations and discover how things fit and seem to flow. This way of looking and dissecting an image can result in creating something NEW in your mind. Take this “new image’ you just created in your imagination and take it further. Read on to understand this concept as I once found an interesting ad in a magazine that caught my eye:
I saw a picture of an elderly woman looking out the window. She was leaning on the window sill with her elbow up and one hand under her chin. She looked sad and lonely. I used this picture as inspiration and a pose for an acrylic painting I created ” Waiting for Halloween”. The pose was already there, as well as the face and the surroundings. I redrew her with a witch hat and blowing fall leaves all around her.
Get your camera or phone camera and start shooting!
That's right, wherever you live and wherever go, take your camera to shoot pictures for your next painting or drawing.
If you don't have one, an inexpensive brand that's great for this is the Canon Powershot.
It's easy to take a bunch of snapshots and then take out the memory card in the camera and put it into your desktop or laptop computer.
To edit your photos for enhancement and create a palette to start a painting or drawing then install a free editing program. I use PhotoScape to edit my photo files. Once you have installed an editing program, load an image into the editing dash and try all the buttons to see what each ne does. You can make outlines, make a Here are some ideas on whats in store for using your camera for inspiration:
Go to the beach, snap pictures of anyone walking, holding hands and playing Frisbee. Take pictures discreetly, of course. This type of photo taking will allow you to capture gestures and depth along with the perspective needed to make your picture.
The possibilities are endless. Focus on a section of the beach scene and paint or still life of sail boats in the distance or a flying parasailed. Silhouettes of lovers holding hands or a family walking with a dog make for a peaceful image Flowers in the spring and beautiful specks of color in the fall are perfect backdrops for a luscious painting. Isolated pieces of rotted log, broken fences or stone walls with surrounding bushes and colorful plants also make great back drops to paint.