Do you have a sketch book? Yeah, you know what I mean, one of those beautiful bound books you can get at the art store or Barnes & noble. or it could be a college rule spiral binder. A doodle book that you put all your idea stuff in. You know, the stuff you dream up, but think this will never become real! or it is just a cool thing I saw on the sidewalk; or a magazine clip of a cute pair of jeans that makes you want to try fabric painting
Sketch books are a wonderful mechanism to keep your ideas for future reference. They could be little line drawings or elaborate colored pencil pictures. As I said earlier, they can be magazine or newspaper clippings. One of my favorites to collect are program logo’s.
I actually have several Sketch Books that I save ideas to. My tried and true is a spiral art pad. It has been around for years. I usually take it on vacation.
More often than not, I find my best sketch book is my iPhone camera. I can take pictures of leaves or the stone work on buildings. I will print out photos and tape into the book. The photo I took at the Wynn, Las Vegas, was the starting point for the Habitat challenge quilt (no still not done).
Below is a section of carpet from the Venetian hotel
here are more pictures of the another section of the Wynn’s tile floor.
take pictures of what you like! you never know when a picture will let you jump off into another project
I even have pictures of sketches made on a dry erase board. That way I can take a high level picture of the idea, but not actually commit it to paper. For bigger drawings, a white board and camera are terrific. You can make changes and not have to re-draw significant portions of your idea.