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Clearing the Creative Clutter in Your Head
by Tulika Ladsariya
As an artist, and this happens to me all too often, my head gets to swimming with ideas and I find myself wanting to try a million new things, all at the same time.
Initially I would wait it out until I felt calm or sane enough to work again. But I soon realized by doing that, I was losing all of those precious new ideas!
So I decided to maintain a book to keep my creative thoughts, sketches and artistic experiments in order. Over time, this gradually grew into four distinct books:
1. My "ideating" book
This is where I write down all my crazy ideas. They stem from dreams, movies, blogs, poetry, nature, man. . . anything around me.
I just make sure that I have this book by me 24/7, even while I sleep. Who knows when an inspiring nightmare might turn into a painting? Since it's just ideas (and lots of them) I usually keep this book on recycled paper.
2. My sketchbook
This is my book for all my sketches, water media and ink pens. I use it when I want to work from life or when I am outdoors and want to sketch. I always carry it with me on "plein air" missions.
For this, I use a spiral bound book (so it's easy to carry around) with 140lb paper.
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