Today, I said I’d tell you the thought processes that went on when I did the Creative Cutting method to design this rug. I hope you will try it someday too.
To refresh your memory, Creative Cutting is when you take blank sheets of paper (I use white copy paper because it shows up great on my linen background) : ) and simply cut out shapes at random…not drawing anything on the paper. I cut about 10-12 shapes to start. Then arrance the shapes on your background material, moving the pieces around until you see something emerging. (This is like looking at cloud shapes…you know, where one looks like a whale and another looks like a giant bird, etc.)
When you get an idea, go and cut other shapes to fill out the design…then use the shapes as templates, draw around them and you are good to go!!! ; )
Here are my steps with this rug:
1.Creative Cutting 10 paper shapes ~~~ 2. Hearing radio program about healthy eating for young people/more fruits and vegetables~~~3. Fiddling with shapes on my backing~~~4. Remembering old business phrase, “Better Living Through Chemistry” (DuPont company I think!!)~~~5. Thinking “Better Living Through Vegetables”~~~6. Arranging shapes again on backing-seeing leaf and vegetable shapes.~~~7. Remembering leaf “shoe” shape from T-Time Lady rug.~~~8. Cutting and arranging more shapes and thinking about plays on the word, vegetable.~~~9. Thinking of joyful vegetables or dancing vegetables, maybe at a Dance or Ball. thinking of a “Vegeta Ball” play on word.~~~10. Adding more shapes to make figures. ~~~11. Thinking of dancing and music and how I like to walk to disco music because of the beat. ~~~12. Thinking a “beet” is a vegetable…putting a beet in one figure’s hand. ~~~13. Dressing the figures in leaf and vegetable-looking clothing. ~~~14. Title for rug pops into head…”Dancing At The Vegeta Ball – I’ve Got The Beet!” LOL It’s a little crazy but it works. : )
Designs don’t have to be funny or wacky!!! It is just how my mind works!!! You might see a ship or padula flowers or a basket…and the shapes might trigger a memory of a rug you’ve always wanted to hook. Your Grandma’s house in the woods, a ship in the rolling waves, beautiful fish shapes, etc. This exercise is all about creative thinking and the shapes just make it easier to do!!! : )
I’ve done more of the lettering for today’s progress!!!!! : )
Happy Hooking!!! Are we having fun yet? (I am!!!) LOL