Friday, September 30, 2011

Visually Mapping Your Ideas

How do you translate your creative thoughts into the tactile elements you want to include in your art jewelry?  What process is involved?  It's not as easy as you may think it should be.

First, try to visually map your stream of conciousness, writing down on paper the ideas associated with the theme you want to emanate in your piece.  Start with the images that come to mind.  Add the words or phrases, colours & textures, materials & techniques and emotions that are evoked.

When finalizing your design, select the components for your piece by pulling information directly from your visual map.  Take your notes to the store with you when you go to buy what you need.  

Don't get discouraged when the materials you want are not be readily available in your local area.  This can be really frustrating, I know, but do your best to stick with your original concept or idea. 

You may, at times, have to adapt or modify your design a bit as you go.  Or you may be able to find just the right item online or in a little antique shop you visit on your next vacation.

Don't give up and don't compromise your vision.  Set the project aside until you do find the right components.  They will come along when you least expect it.  Good luck on your artistic travels!

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