Journals~Part of the Creative Process

Melanie, of Catbird Quilt Studio, started a conversation on creativity.
The comments and thoughts of other bloggers has been informative and thought provoking.
Tierney, of Tierney Creates, has also contributed to this topic; and she has even posted a peek into her creative journaling process. This encouraged me to share a look at my journal.
Keeping a journal is an internal communication for me. I am a visual learner, and I need to “see” my thoughts and designs. I use a graph paper composition book for my designs and ideas.
These journals have handmade covers.
 
 
I also keep a journal to post photos or actual pieces of my work. I add the story, inspiration, and process for each product.

Should I? …or… Shouldn’t I ?

Ever since I read Melanie’s post (Catbird Quilt Studio) about creativity and The 100 Day Project, I have been thinking of ways to be more productive and creative. It is so inspiring to see what my blogging friends are doing.
The thought of doing something for 100 days sounded intimidating and too structured.
Then I thought, maybe I need that structure.
The project gives permission to miss a few days.

Should I? …or…Shouldn’t I?

After mulling this over for a while, I decided to go ahead and do the 100 Day Project.
It starts today, and I will be out-of-town for the rest of the week.
I decided my project would be to work on small pieces or blocks each day.
These pieces could be thread sketching, improv blocks, regular blocks…just any type of block.
I am cutting a 10 inch block, and will be thread sketching in an 8 inch block area.
This block can be pieced to make a larger block, be the center of a pillow, or a tote…many possibilities.
Today’s entry is a selfie thread sketch.
I do not know if I will eventually paint the fabric or not.

I entitled this self-caricature, Enjoying Life.

Spring Craft Deadline

This morning, I met the  part of my deadline for the spring projects I will be gifting tomorrow.
I completed two sets of coiled rope plate mats and heart-shaped bowls; along with a small coiled bowl and a rock painting.
There is still one more coiled project to do for one of my three sons. I have an extension on the deadline, since he does not live close by and we will not be meeting this weekend.

Fiesta Coiled Plate Mats and Heart-Shaped Dish

Boho Coiled Plate Mats and Heart-Shaped Dish


Small Ring Dish 
Pig in a Wig painted rock
(Pig in a Wig is the character in my sister’s series of children’s books.)

Since I have working to meet this deadline, and meeting with daily life events, I have not been able to work on the hexagon block for my quilt journal. I have the design in my head, but I just have not had the time to work on it. I plan to try something new with this block.
Tierney posted some work she did with fabric painting. She also posted some great information on good habits that can change your life.
Also, my friend, Jeana, who does my long arm quilting, has been encouraging me to try some fabric painting.
I spent my non-coiled mat making minutes viewing fabric painting tutorials and trying things out.
I just played with the paint on different fabrics.
Hopefully, when I return from visiting with two of my sons, I will get started on painting the fabric for my hexagon block.

Melanine, of Catbird Quilt Studio, posted some great essays and thoughts on creativity.
Reading these posts gave me the encouragement I needed to persist on this new fabric painting venture.

I know it seems that I am going in many different directions…rope baskets, improv quilts, quilt journal, fabric painting…but that is the way I work. For better or for worse.
It would probably be better to focus on one thing at a time, but I have never been able to stay focused for too long.
But I am okay with this… I am having so much fun!