Thursday, 20 February 2014
I was recently told about a little paper shop, so yesterday I decided it was time to escape everything I had to do and track it down. So I left the washing, I left the admin, I left the blog which I had no idea what to write about and I stole some time for myself. Some time for my mind to wander.
And I was not disappointed. It's a beautiful little shop, (Papierwerk), with big sheets of colourful patterns and paper boxes and cards and writing paper (haven't seen writing paper in ages) and notebooks and washi tape... I spent ages just fluttering from one thing to the next, touching and letting my mind wander to all those creative things I COULD do with all these enticing pretties. Eventually I felt I had to buy something. I bought paper and it's so beautiful, that I think might simply frame it.
Anyway, a paper shop is a wonderful place to release your creative mind and see where it goes. The eye LOVES repetitive patterns. It's soothing for the mind. And the succulent colour combinations you can create surrounded by colourful paper can release zillions of creative ideas bottled inside of you. Your instinctive choices of what you are naturally drawn to, can help you rediscover your personal identity.
We're so digital these days, that it's refreshing to touch and hold beauty in our hands. On the Surface Pattern Design Course I did, one of the exercises was to print, cut out and physically arrange the motifs you'd designed. Being physically involved with a digital idea and holding the paper in your hands makes such a refreshing difference. Buy some paper, cut it out, arrange it, fold it, touch it.
I recommend a paper store for your February flutter, especially if you're feeling stuck and in the need for more creative flow.
At the same time (these things do happen to me) I got an email about Paper Courses on Paper Love (if you love paper it's worth wandering over to) and my current favourite idea: The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swop. This is an international creative link. Everyone taking part makes a handmade postcard, with some stitching on it. You register and then get an address to send it to. Someone in the world also sends you one in return. I find the idea of sending out a physical piece of my creativity to another creative person somewhere in the world, very exciting. If you'd like to take part too, have a look at the site, but I think the deadline is TUESDAY 24 February 2014, so do so quick! It's a wonderful way just to have some creative fun!
Let your mind wander, flutter away and create something.
I'd love to hear about your paper loves in the comments below...