Hi everyone. I've been working on this post for a couple of days now and I want to warn you that it's going to be a long one and that there are a lot of pictures! I was inspired by Cave Creek Primitives post "Prototypes and Ideas". Valerie was talking about how her little flop cats she created are evolving as she works on them. And it started me thinking about my own creative process; how do I get from my original idea to the finished project? So here it goes; from start to finish, here's how my mind works (and if that doesn't scare you off nothing will!).
I doodle, a lot! And a lot of my doodling occurs here, in front of the computer. We have a dial up internet connection and it is s-l-o-o-o-w so I have a lot of time to sit and think and doodle while waiting for pages to load. The other day I was waiting, waiting, waiting and thinking about Halloween and pumpkins, witches and wands and a vision of a pumpkin poke or wand leaped into my head. Here's a picture of my original doodle, it's on a piece of scrap paper that was sitting in front of the computer.
So, first step was to decide what to put the pumpkin "head" on. First I thought of a stick or branch but then remembered the zillion wood bobbins I have downstairs (bulk buy, long story!) so decided to use a bobbin. Then I had to decide on which size mason jar to use, pint or quart? I liked that more of the bobbin was showing in the pint jar so decided to use that size.
Just had a thought, pumpkins have curly vines right? How about some curly wire around the stem as well as the leaves? I've got some green wire but it's shiny; use the green wire or my old trusty rusted wire? Hmm, will have to think about that one (sorry the pictures not great). Yuck, don't like the close up picture of those eyes, will have to fix that up!