Double Stick Tape
Magazine or Catalog Clippings
Paper or Sketchbook
Scrap booking papers
Other inspiration source material
Here's what I was working with today.
As I clipped out the pictures that I wanted I stuck them to sheets of colored paper so that I wouldn't loose them and they'd have cute borders when I put them in my sketch book.
Once I had everything cut out and ready to go I sorted them into themes that I wanted to use for future projects.
The Theme of this page is designs in Black, White and Tan. As I consider which sorts of projects I want to work on I'll eventually fill the rest of the page with drawings based on bits of the photos and combining them in different ways until I come up with something that I like and want to move ahead with on various drawn and painted projects.
As I was thinking about designs in neutral colors I painted this wooden horse based on Rattvik style Swedish furniture painting designs.
Adding the photos of that horse and a printed tape furthered the design possibilities and I began to add some drawing in ink and pencil.
This page has a couple of hummingbirds on it that I liked and hoped might help me figure out how to design one made out of simple brush strokes that I could use on various items in my garden like the wheelbarrow, watering can and flower pots.
The blue and white pattern I just kept to remind me that even though it's shown on a round pot designs like this can work on any shape of object...and I LOVE blue.
I clipped the cat socks because I thought it would another way of expanding the whole colored dots on black thing that I used to do on a lot of my painted furniture. It had never occurred to me to use group of the dots as paw prints.
Owls ,horses and other designs are just things I do and different approaches to them.
Any way that you look at it, this one afternoon playing with my "junk" mail will keep me busy for a long time.