Last week we talked about taking photos with our heads down to find inspiration on the ground. This week, let’s tilt our heads back and look for interesting ideas up in the sky.
Take a walk with your head back and eyes pointing up – shoot the spaces between tree branches, clouds, rooftops, treetops and chimney stacks.
These are some photos I’ve taken while looking up at different trees at various times of the year:
Seasonal shots give us loads of ideas for creating crafts with flowers, leaves and other organic elements. Nature is also our best tool for color inspiration. But I was curious about other ways I might be inspired by these pictures. So I decided to remove the spring and fall trees and just work with the winter tree. I liked the lines of the branches, so I traced just the basic lines with a marker and ruler on to vellum. Then I redrew the pattern on cardstock – by turning it vertically and altering the lines a bit more, I saw a diamond shape inside long rays of light.
This pattern had a fractured stained glass look, so I colored in each shape with Inktense watercolor pencils and then brushed over them with a little water to bring out the color. After the paper was dry, I cut out the shapes (tiles) and pressed them flat between sheets of parchment with a warm iron. To add rigidity and shine to each tile, I glued them to black cardstock, brushed on a coat of glazing medium, and cut them out again. I inked the white edges with a black paint marker.
Following the photo I had taken before cutting the pattern apart, I repositioned each tile on another sheet of black cardstock, adding a little more random spacing between each tile. I adhered each tile to the cardstock with black foamies for extra dimension – and done! I ended up with some thicker black “grout” areas in the center, but I actually kind of like it. Now I have some very cool faux stained glass mosaic art that I can frame or mount on to a piece of wood or a sheet of Smoothfoam.
Funny how a picture of a bare winter tree led me to this, right? Be sure to let us know if you’re playing along – use our hashtag #20waystoinspire if you post on social media so we can find you. See you next week!