I do have an actual creative process that I go through on a regular basis. Inspiration, germination, sketches, color palette and finally creation.
Unusually it starts with the inspiration and sketches. Pinterest is my latest source of inspiration, but I love Flickr, my collection of Art History books and sometimes it's things in my daily life, like flowers in a garden or a starfish picked up during a vacation.
Right now my current inspirations are wooden stamps from India, bohemian flair and middle-eastern inspired patterns. Can't wait to see what I whip up next week!
After I've gone through the process of searching for inspiration, there is a time when I let ideas roll around. The seeds germinate. Sometimes this can take weeks, other times it's a matter of hours before I'm seeing beads take form in my head. So that leads to the next step, which is sketching. Yes, most of my beads start out as a sketch.
Here are some pendant designs that are in the oven at this very moment!
Now, depending on what kind of beads I'm going to make, my process goes into one of two directions but are both led by color. If I'm going to carve a design, I'll think about color palettes for the finished piece and mix my paints for the new color palette. And if I'm creating canes for beads (the designs in clay that get layered onto beads) I will create a color palette with the clay.
Like this one that I used for the May Bead of the Month Disk Beads:
I love Brandi Hussey's color palettes that she makes for the Art Bead Scene. I print them out and mix my colors right up. This is my favorite part of the process - working my color theory magic until I have a match! Check out the Art Bead Scene today too see the amazing color palette's Brandi created using my beads.
The finished beads.
So that's a little peek behind the curtain here at Humblebeads.
If you'd like to see more of my finished work, check out my newly updated website! I just added over 20 beads to my regular line that were only previously available in my Etsy shop. And to celebrate all my hard work I'm having a sale - 25% off all orders from my website at www.humblebeads.com. Use discount code: BIGDEAL.