I made up 110 cards for my prompts. I used a list of techniques from my database, where I keep a record of my reading and the ideas which come from it. In the past, I have simply been able to scan through the database until I find something I felt like experimenting with, and do it - but now, with the techniques converted to prompts, it gives me random ideas for a piece.
Today, I decided, it was time to put the cards to the test! Were there too many? How flexible could it be? Would it work for me?
Let's find out!
A close up of the yarn.
Then I got rid of most of the background from the butterfly and flowers (only a rough job, really)
So that is where I got to today. Considering I had no idea where I was going this morning and now I have a piece well on it's way, I'd say this method works. But I'll have to try it a few more times, just to make sure, lol.
When I first started thinking about doing this, I thought it might be a little too lacking in creativity, but the way I have put it together allows a bit of freedom in interpreting the prompt and the challenge actually seems to stimulate more creativity. If I hadn't had to look at my monoprints, I wouldnt have looked at the stencils and I probably would never have seen the butterfly and thought of using it.
Instead of how I thought it would be, it actually helps my creative impulse to not have to wrack my brain thinking of how to do something and instead simply take a random technique and make it fit.
Try making a list of the techniques you regularly use and/or want to use. Make them into cards so you can pick randomly, and have a go. You might be surprised (like I was) at what you create.
Well, that's my story - and I'm sticking to it