When I’m having a creative block, one thing that gets me moving is a deadline. An art group I’m in issued a challenge: create a design using a pocket watch. Deadline: one month. Scouring the house turned up no less than three pocket watches! I chose the oldest, a broken one that I bought at a garage sale with the intent to take it apart to use in my mixed media artwork. Here’s the base photo:
Since my favorite thing to do is design fabric, I used elements of the cutout image to make some kaleidoscope designs, which often produce great fabrics. Here’s one:
That was okay, but I wasn’t satisfied. I decided to switch gears (no pun intended) to make a blended collage. What image would work with the watch face? I have a folder on my computer of what I consider to be my best photos, and when I opened it, look who jumped out at me:
Now we’re talking! I was very happy with a few of the different blended images I came up with. I liked this one best:
I printed variations of the collage onto heat transfer paper and decorated a wooden box, but will leave photos of that for another day.
Have you used the pressure of a deadline to make yourself get to work? I’d love to hear how that went and what you created.