I often get asked how I come up with ideas. It’s sort of hard to explain, but yet so simple. Ask any writer, artist, chef, architect, landscaper what inspires them and there is a common thread in their answers. We are all inspired by our surroundings. The nature outside my window is always changing, with autumn sometimes being so vibrant it takes my breath away. In wintertime the trees are covered with a blanket of snow, and the gray quiet soothes and reboots my soul. Hanging on my walls are my dad’s paintings. From him I inherited my love of color. Fresh flowers, my children’s art, my daughter’s quilt, art supplies, a good book…all of these things make up my life and ignite my imagination in endless ways. I guess as artists, our minds work differently. I read a really good quote recently that said what I just tried to say in a much better way (there is a reason I create art and am not a writer…words don’t come as easily as images):
“Listen, it’s really pretty simple. If there’s a thing, a scene, maybe, an image that you want to see real bad, that you need to see but it doesn’t exist in the world around you, at least not in the form that you envision, then you create it so that you can look at it and have it around, or show it to other people who wouldn’t have imagined it because they perceive reality in a more narrow, predictable way. And that’s it. That’s all an artist does.” ~ Tom Robbins
The colors for this printed fabric project were inspired by a painting my dad made, a cake my sister-in-law made, and the flowers on my table.
Applying acrylic paint to the stencil.
Find the full tutorial (plus free template) and supply list on Small for Big where I write monthly about arts and crafts.