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Have you considered keeping a sketchbook/journal?

Artists keep sketchbooks/journals in which they experiment and document their ideas. They also collect samples from their environment for inspiration.

In 2011, Phyl, an officially retired art teacher living in New York, shared a blog on the ten thousand sketchbooks exhibition held in the Brooklyn Library. “Some of the sketchbooks were humorous; some were scary, others were provocative, and many were introspective.” Read the full article HERE.

STEP 1: SOURCING A SKETCHBOOK/JOURNAL

When sourcing a sketchbook/journal we suggest the wire bound variety, which can be found at local art supply shops, newsagents and discount stores.

STEP 2: LOOK AT YOUR ENVIRONMENT

So, if you find that you have hit a roadblock in your art of choice and need an extra boost, take a deep breath, go for a walk and take in your environment. Technique reminders and inspiration are all around us. Focus on the leaves of the trees, the bark, the footpath or the colour of a blade of glass. Be in the moment.

Pick some leaves or a slither of bark to take home and play. Stick it, glue it, charcoal rub it, sketch it – be inventive and free. Now it has become part of your Indie Road!

STEP 3: LOOK AT YOUR STASH

Look in your stash for colour matches or reach out to join a yarn swap group to gather your supplies. Even if these are used to stick alongside your newfound inspiration in your sketchbook, this all becomes part of the journey to creating your next piece. It could be a jumper, a scarf, a major work or a wall hanging …

STEP 4: ACTIVATE

Go forth, create, have fun and share your sketchbook/journal! We at Indie Road would love to see what has inspired you. Success and happiness are found along the journey, not just at the destination.

USEFUL LINKS:

Yarn Buy Swap Sell Groups

Aussie Yarn/Wool Destash Buy Swap Sell with around 4, 400 members

Aussie Yarn Buy Swap Sell with around 3,500 members

Yarn Swap Sell Trade Community with around 9,500 members

Wool / Yarn for Sale, swap or trade with around 3,300 members

 

 

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