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Mixed Media Techniques - Idea Generator

I don't know about you, but all too often I sit down at my desk to start creating and my mind goes completely blank. It doesn't matter how practiced I am at making or how many classes I've done, I have all these supplies at my fingertips and I simply cannot think what to do.

Now in an ideal world, I'd have all of my supplies on display so that I could browse around and feel inspired, but my creative corner is only small (see below) and being tucked away in the corner of my living room I need to keep things tidy, so whilst I have some bits to hand, the majority of my supplies are tucked away in drawers and cupboards. This means that supplies and techniques can easily get forgotten or don't easily spring to mind when I'm in a creative rut.

Being a list lover, I've been thinking for a while that it would probably be a good idea to get all the techniques I know down on paper, so after a particularly frustrating creative block, I decided to create a reference grid of all the techniques I could think of and pin it to the board next to my desk as an idea generator. In future when I'm feeling stuck, I'll be able to pick a technique from the grid and just start creating. I'm sure that this grid is going to be a work in progress and have no doubt that as I use it more I'll keep adding to it (probably when I realise things are missing), but a few days in and it's already proving invaluable. And why keep the good stuff to myself when I can share it with you here!

Mixed Media Idea Generator
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I hope you find this useful and if there's anything I've missed, that you think should be added, drop me a comment below and I'll create an updated version.

In the meantime, wishing you a creative, happy week.


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