Greetings, fellow bead addicts! Since my last post I have been spending my time recovering from minor surgery. Unfortunately this has not meant time beading...most of my bead boxes are too heavy for me to move around while I'm in the recovery period. Here's some eye candy anyway!!!
|Man Behind the Curtain, Man in the Moon, and Man in the Machine were all conceived from this concept list.|
What have these got to do with coloring? Well, (in my copious online recovery shopping) I discovered the super cool blog over at Jetpens.com. In becoming obsessed with coloring utensils and reading all of their guides and reviews, I found THIS post, a super cool guide to help students improve their note taking skills. Well, I thought, why can't I apply this to my bead sketch books? Oh, wait...I can! I'm actually wondering now why the concept of using color to aid my design sketches never occurred to me before now. Doh! I also really like the idea of using sticky flags to note recurrent themes...perhaps I will use little blue flags for ocean themed designs, green for flora designs, pink for people, etc. It sure would be neat to be able to pick up a sketch book and be able to quickly flip to the ideas I was thinking of...instead of having to flip through the entire book.
Do you ever sketch designs? How does it help you? I'm not trying to say that you should sketch...I know a lot of people think they can't "draw", and therefore sketching causes more anxiety than it should. The reality of sketching for yourself like this is that you are the only one your drawing needs to make sense to. No one ever needs to see your sketchbook! I find sketching most useful when I have either too many ideas, or not enough. For some reason, putting a pen to paper just helps get my creative juices flowing. If you haven't tried sketching lately, you might give it another go...you never know what ideas might emerge from the ink and paper!
Happy sketching (and beading...and coloring?),