How do you look at craft books? Do you look at them to find a specific project to make or do you look to them for inspiration. I personally do a little bit of both. But I mainly look at books for inspiration. For example, when I look at a craft book, I see more than just the projects. I look deep into the details, the techniques, the supplies, and the colors. From there I draw inspiration. And when I say “draw inspiration”, I’m not just changing the color of a project. I’m changing the entire project.
Below are a few examples of my thought process and how I find inspiration in books.
I’m not just inspired by craft books. Sometimes I draw inspiration from books about nature, photography, etc. Last week this couture fashion book caught my eye. Some of the questions I found myself asking were:
- Are their color combinations that I like? What project would lend itself well to this color combination?
- How would this texture (picture above) transfer to a different medium? Paper?
Since Easter is rapidly approaching, I’ve been thinking about crafts specific to that holiday. This image had me asking:
- Are there honeycomb shaped eggs?
- Could I cut an egg shape out of honeycomb paper?
- What would it look like if I just painted the edges of a honeycomb egg? Gold paint?
- What could I use the honeycomb eggs for? Ceiling decorations? Bunting? Centerpiece?
- These eggs would look great in smaller versions hanging from tree branches.
- Could I make a faux version of these eggs? Marker on hallowed out eggs? Printable?
- What else could I apply this technique too? Handbag? Pillow? Back of chair?
How about you? How do you look at craft books? What inspires you?