Friday, March 23, 2012

Sometimes I Get Carried Away


The theme over at The Butterfly Effect this week is "eyes", so I started by creating a fl-eye painting.  I used joint compound, collaged book pages, a hand carved fl-eye stamp, and paint (it is Paint Party Friday, after all).  I was having so much fun, I just couldn't put the stamp down!  So, then I painted...


"Butter fl-eyes" and "Fruit fl-eyes"!

The fun didn't stop there.  The theme at Inspiration Avenue is "dolls", so I drew...


An "American Eye-Doll"!

Boy, was I on an (eye) roll!  The Sketchbook Challenge theme is "flowers", so I created...


An "Eye-ris"!

Just because I was out of challenges didn't mean I needed to stop, right?!?  (I warned you in the title of this post that sometimes I get carried away!)

So, one more... 

Just for fun...


An "Eyeball"!

Okay, okay, I'm finished... For now.

But, since the question I am most frequently asked is:
"Where do you get your ideas?"
I thought it would be fun to show you an "idea page" from my sketchbook...

(click on image to enlarge)

When I'm working with a theme, one of the things I like to do is brainstorm.  (This page is completely eye inspired.)  One idea leads to another... and another... and another!  No idea is too ridiculous at this point (actually, the ridiculous ones are frequently my favorites)!

The best part about these brainstorming pages?
If I'm ever in a creative slump, I just flip through my sketchbook and there are loads of possibilities just waiting to be explored!


45 comments:

  1. Ha! brilliant, love your fl-eyes!!!!

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  2. you are the queen of the pun this week... so full of eyedeas... and love your page of concepts... can't decide which one I like the best, but they are all pretty wonderful... thanks for the fun post...xx

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  3. these are all brilliant and so clever! i love American Eye-ball best, i think! it's great to see how you brainstorm as you always have such clever ideas!

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  4. Hello Kristen, what fun! Happy PPF and keep having fun and inspiration!

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  5. Great play on words in your title........and loving the humour of all these fab pieces. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  6. You crack me up! :) Lol! I love it! And I love that you made a stamp. :)

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  7. Oooooh, how fun! Getting carry away is good. :)

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  8. I love love love your illustrations :) They make me smile.

    Happy Friday!

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  9. Kristin these are just tooooooo much fun, I'm going to be smiling all the way to work today! Deb

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  10. Ooh a timely reminder about the butterfly challenge! I do love painting eyes so foresee a happy Friday evening coming up.

    These are fabulous - my fave is the Eye-ris.

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  11. Too funny ~ Love it all ~ fun creations and well done ~thanks, wishing you a great weekend ~ namaste, carol ^_^

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  12. Eye love it all! So fun and so inspiriing. I love seeing the brainstorming page in your sketch book. Happy PPF!

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  13. wow!! What a brilliant beautiful mind you have! I love them all. xo

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  14. OMG, those just got better and better. Love your stamp. no such thing as too ridiculous in my book!

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  15. It's certainly an eye catching idea to keep a book on the "ridiculous and funny" brain-stormed eye-deas! Eye believe this is quite catching, although EYE originally came here from EYE A (IA).

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  16. I'm a pun person, so the American Eye-Doll made me laugh heartily. I love eyes, and these are all beautiful! The various fl-eyes fluttering about are my favorites <3

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  17. American Eye-doll, priceless! Very pretty, too. Love your notebook page, I do a quick sketch when I get an idea, or jot it down as soon as possible.

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  18. Love them all... geat eye-dea to brainstorm.

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  19. I officially crown you Queen of the Visual Pun! Butter fl-eyes might be my favorite.

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  20. haha! You really had fun with this theme. I love the playfulness and creativity in your work. It's great to see a theme carried out in different ways

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  21. hm..what theme did you use?
    J/K
    lol

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  22. Yep, the eyes have it!! Very creative use of the one theme.

    HPPP

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  23. LOLOL! =) So cool and unique. I love the Iris. You have a wonderful imagination, Kathryn

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  24. OK this eye theme is freaking me out!!! Reminds me of nightmares I had when I was a kid...

    I like the baseball the best :)

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  25. All my college textbooks had doodled eyes in them. But to make a stamp, wow, that's something else! Your eyes are gorgeous.

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  26. Oh my goodness this was funny! They are all great and I am impressed with your creativity as well as your idea page! Happy PPF!

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  27. Funny stuff, Kristin!
    ....and then I read the jokes on your journal page and chuckled out loud....haha!!

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  28. OMG I am glad you got carried away. What fun you had and you did amazing things with those eyes. Specially love the eye doll... I made a similar atc a while ago for a zetti swap and it brought back memories :)
    hugs
    Chris x

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  29. Wow Kristin,
    These are just too cool and I luv the idea sheet with all of the eye possibilities.
    Luv the first one with the joint compound and book pages?
    Hugs Annabelle ; )

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  30. Came over from IA to see your doll entry and Wow! I enjoyed all of your creative eyes!

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  31. This is amazingly great! So clever , i love how you took the idea soooo far!

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  32. your mind works in the most wonderful of ways :)Wish I could add another witty eye pun in this comment but I think you've used them all up :) Hugs to you xx

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  33. You are so clever!! You make me laugh! So much fun!

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  34. Oh these are all just absolutely wonderful! And I adore your eye-stamp!! Your brainstorm sketchbook page is just fabulous! What a great idea.

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  35. oh my gosh! what a fun time you had!!! eye adore them all!!! hope you have a great week!

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  36. You have a strange mind my friend but I like it. These are totally entertaining and so much fun.

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  37. You are AMAZING ♥ What a great idea for brainstorming the theme before painting. I have a little book how to brainstorm and build these "trees", but have done it for ages...my favorite are the Fl-eyes and the butterfl-eyes, hihi

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  38. EYE see a lot of fun going on here! GREAT STUFF!

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  39. Fabulous!!! I love the stamp you created! Thanks for sharing your talent!
    And thanks for the nice comment on my blog!
    Happy creating this week...
    Renee
    xoxo
    http://fussitup.blogspot.com/

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  40. Eye love this and seeing your sketchbook too! You created lots of fun eye art!!

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  41. I love them. I am so late on the eye thing, but I think I'm going to work on some eyes tonight! so fun!!!

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  42. Very, very creative. Lot's of fun ideas! Love them!!!

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