I am pretty much a “loner” or a very quiet “observer” as I like to call it myself 🙂
I don’t like to call myself a “designer”, I will leave that decision up to you…
Love to be by myself, mostly, especially when I feel creative inspiration that day…
On top of that, I have an amazing, loving husband that supports me and encourages me daily.
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I first like to say that I dislike people that think that sharing “information” on how to design in our “trade” is like giving away a TOP SECRET document.
Well, I believe in sharing and these days the internet makes it possible for everyone to just “google” about everything you would like to know so why not share?
So I don’t mind sharing my “top secrets” it’s a free world so if you still have questions just ask me!
Some times I just like to sit somewhere and observe…soon enough my head starts working and the first thing that happens is that I picture the sketch of my new design in my head.
Second I draw out my little sketch book and sketch it out roughly. I might use or I might not. If I forgot my sketch book…well, I write down some notes in my phone.
Some times I just start thinking about all the places/countries I visited throughout the years and try to picture what first pops up as a memory. Than I try to write that down, just words no sketch. At home I will sit down and read through my notes and start translating them into colors or sketch some designs. Some will be executed…some won’t…some will sit for a while and some sit for years…
Some times it’s one of my friends/customers that tells me something they need/want and ask me to translate it into a design.
Some times I just take pictures from wherever I am or whatever I like.
In the end, there are a lot of ways to get inspired, in my opinion.
Just a package of a product or color combo’s used in advertising, magazines, books…anything, you just have to “train” yourself to look different at things. It works for me…
I use these “inspiration” techniques for my knitting, crochet designs, my paintings and sewing.
Today, I have no idea what happened or inspired me but I drew up 22 sketches of designs up…
The only thing I can think of is that I “lost” the stress from the last few months since in the past, I worked way too much, had to orchestrated our move over 150 miles and unpack/settle in our new place. Or as I like to call it “life happened” 🙂
The sketches I drew up today are probably going to be a combo of crochet, knitting and/or sewing. I just have to work on each one and tackle all the details.
I start with determine the size, material choices, base colors/background colors, subject and finally detailing/accents. It’s a process that takes a while, some times days/weeks/months/years. I have a bunch of sketches that just need detailing or a sample that I need to finish but I am married too LOL. There are only so many hours in a day 🙂
One important thing I learned while starting to design is:
“I can’t “force” myself in being creative…I need to let “it” just happen”
“open yourself up to new ideas”
“think outside the box”
Maybe this little “tutorial” on how I get to my final designs helps you…good luck!!!
Need help/second opinion or….? Just ask…
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Remember for those who don’t know…
I wasn’t born here so…
I will make grammar mistakes or misspell words or…, I don’t think I need to apologize for them, since English isn’t my first/native language. Just picture yourself living in a foreign country…you will never be a native speaker 🙂
thank you for understanding and just know: I do my very best to keep them to a minimum!!! 🙂