inspiration comes through the lens

Just some examples of textures that caught my eye this week (the top three are taken out of town). I have a folder on my computer with these types of random images. I go through them every now and then when I need ideas. They always trigger something—they give me a mental jolt.

On D's head. A pattern begging to be transformed into paper.

texture that gives me ideas

Outside our room. It just tells me to breathe.

outside our room

Over our beds. Some sort of 3D construction swarming in my head.

over our beds

Yummy paper yarn that I got in the mail. Knitting or crochet needles is the question.


If you're stuck just take a walk and start shooting photos of what you see. Then crop the images and focus on the textures you see in them. Don't be surprised if you catch something that sends you down an unexpected creative path. Just let go and go for it.

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If it seems like I'm holding back from you, you're right and I feel guilty about it. But, I'll let you know what's going on in a few weeks. No worries it's all good!


  1. Brilliant photos - thanks for suggesting the photography excercise... sometimes I need someone to give me a lead in how to look for inspiration! I love taking closeups, but rarely crop them beyond all (almost) recognition. That paper yarn looks amazing - is it pliable tho' - looks quite sturdy.

  2. wonderful textures! i do a lot of the same...just snap or doodle the texture and go back to it later. i'll either reconstruct or deconstruct. an exercise that always yields something fun!

  3. Congratulations! CUTE stuff! I found you on the front page of Etsy! I'm also a Etsy crafter. I love your designs!
    Best of luck to you!

  4. Gorgeous textures ... photos like this really get my creative mouth watering. I just love close up textures and structures. Am off to Italy soon and can't wait to capture some shots over there. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I love taking photos of random stuff especially with my camera phone. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  6. Where did you get the paper yarn? I've got it in my head that I could do great things with that!

  7. Beautiful textures. I can understood why you save these photos. They just ooze inspiration. Especially your last one- the paper yarn. Check out what I did with some paper yarn-