You’ll Love This Crafting eBook If:
- You want to learn more about working with fabric and wire
- You love the positive attitude & clear instruction of artist Jennifer Swift
- You love making special crafts and gifts for yourself and the ones you love
Plant the seeds of inspiration with expert artist and designer Jennifer Swift, then watch them bloom into colorful, unique bouquets with the great fabric and wire crafts found in this special eBook. Create a garden of self-expression using interesting fabric and wire techniques in order to make great crafts such as canvas bags, sculptures, bracelets, an inspiration board and much more.
Learn how to sculpt wire, stitch fabric to wire, make fabric pages, jewelry making techniques and so much more. This eBook also features vignettes and advice from Jennifer on selecting the right tools, how to be more creative, find inspiration and staying motivated all year round. 21 complete crafting projects are sure to add beauty and style to your home, studio or wardrobe.
In the Creative Bloom eBook You’ll Learn:
- How to work creatively & safely with fabric and wire in your crafts
- Tips & techniques for sculpting wire, stitching fabric to wire, making fabric pages and more
- How to make a butterfly lamp, bird sculpture, canvas bag, and more step-by-step
About the Artist: Jennifer Swift
Jennifer Swift is a pattern designer and artist that loves sharing her love of art with fellow artists. She is an author and award-winning artist, getting her start in juried art shows. Jennifer now offers a wide range of products featuring her original pattern designs.
A Word From the Author:
"The philosophy of this book is simple. It follows the principle that
if you give an artist a flower, she’s happy for a day. Teach her to grow her own, and she’s happy for a lifetime. The projects I’ve chosen to fill these pages will teach you wire-bending and fabric techniques you’ll be able to use again and again. The chapters will encourage you to see the seeds of inspiration in the world around you: in your home, your closet, your family and friends—even the view outside your window. You’ll be encouraged to identify and develop your personal imagery and style so you can use the techniques to create art that is uniquely yours." — Jennifer Swift
Check Out This Excerpt From Creative Bloom:
The Tool Shed: Gathering What You Need
Any good gardener or artist knows that possessing the right tools for a job is very important. Working without tools often leads to frustration and a botched job. Good tools will aid you and allow you to create at a higher level than you would have been able to attain without them. Although there are many development tools available to the artist, I want to discuss three of the most basic: the sketchbook, the inspiration board and the journal. I’ve found these tools to be invaluable. You may already be familiar with them, and you might already own and use them on a regular basis. Some of you may choose to combine your sketchbook and journal, and that is just fine, but for clarity, I’ll refer to them separately. Throughout this book, I will be encouraging you to use these tools for specific exercises, so I recommend that you supply yourself with them before you begin.
The first tool is the sketchbook. This is a blank book you will use regularly to record and develop your visual ideas. I think of mine as a "catchall" to record my ideas and flashes of inspiration so I will remember them later. Almost every night I wake up at three or four o’clock in the morning and lie with my eyes closed, just thinking. I’ve found that this space of time between waking and sleeping is one of my most imaginative and inspiring. I lie in my bed fresh from a dream state and begin to think. I mull over problems, picture ideas and images, and make connections that are unattainable to my conscious, busy, daytime mind. Then I get up, locate my sketchbook and sneak into the kitchen to quickly sketch out ideas and images or jot down answers to questions I have. Only then can I go back to sleep.
You might not be experiencing this midnight sojourn now, but you will. When you begin to cultivate inspiration, you’re giving inspiration an open door and asking it to come whenever it can. It often seems to choose a time that’s horribly inconvenient, like when you’re driving the car or grocery shopping. For me, it rarely comes when I’m sitting down and purposefully trying to develop an idea. Having a sketchbook handy allows you to collect these quick visions and answers as they come to you. So carry it around with you. Keep it in your purse; bring it with you regardless of your activity. It’ll soon feel like a part of you. A reporter is never without his notebook, and artists should never be without their sketchbooks. If you can’t fit the one you have into your purse or coat pocket, buy a second smaller one. I’ve had many sketchbooks through the years, and I can still open any one of them and glean a fresh thought or idea to develop.
The Inspiration Board
The second tool is the inspiration board. This is a big corkboard you’ll hang on a wall somewhere prominent so you can see it regularly. Don’t put it in the unused corner of your basement—this needs to be front and center! I keep mine in my art room directly across from the hallway door. Then I can glance at it whenever I’m walking by. The images I’ve posted stay fresh in my mind this way, and because of this, my mind continues to develop them as I do other things. The board is another tried-and-true tool for cultivating inspiration. Sometimes referred to as a vision board or collage board, I think of it as a place to put my "lovelies": little bits of photos or drawings I love to meditate on. Our artist selves like to save all kinds of things, just because we like them. It might be a bit of napkin that has a spaghetti smear in the shape of the Mona Lisa, or maybe paint chips in a color combination you just love. It could be a postcard of someone else’s art, or a leaf you picked up on your daily walk. The inspiration board is the place to put them all. The board fills up fast, and you’ll start to pin new items over the old. This works as a culling process, allowing you to identify the images you feel are the most important. You’ll also find it’s a great tool for making unexpected connections. Glancing from the chartreuse and purple color swatch to the photo of a necklace torn from a magazine might inspire you to combine the two in a way that might not have occurred to you otherwise.
The third tool I couldn’t do without is the journal. This is the place to write the thoughts that sometimes clutter your mind. It’s also the perfect place to explore and develop the little "flits" of inspiration that need a place to land. As you write, you can develop these "flits" and give them substance. You can also use your journal to take notes on the processes and projects you are exploring throughout the course of this book. I want to emphasize that this is the place to write; however, if you need to draw a sketch of how you feel to release the words, go ahead.
Both writing journals and art journals can exist in the artist’s toolbox. I’ve used both. In chapter 3, there is an example of an art journal I created from one journal entry (see pages 40–43). What I wrote initially in my journal became the basis of a wonderful work that is an inspirational journal of both words and pictures.
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