every now and then one of our lovely dt supers stops in to shoot the breeze and share some of her craftiest of crafty thoughts.....and today that person is the amazing and fabulous Marla Kress! Take it away marla....
Crafty Thought - by Marla Kress
I’ve been traveling a lot this summer with my family and while I haven’t had much time to be creative at home, I’ve been taking it all in. I tend to draw inspiration from my environment whether it’s a color palette from a window display, whimsical sculptures from an art gallery or in this case dimensional pieces discovered while traveling.
While visiting friends out west this summer I noticed an old-fashioned butterfly box hanging in their home.
I loved the neutral canvas with each butterfly pinned in place, about to fly away. It inspired me to try and for a similar feeling with paper flowers and pins on a blank paper wrapped canvas. I wanted to give the flowers the same depth and dimension that the pinned butterflies in the box exhibited.
Another source of inspiration I found while shopping this summer was a Pottery Barn style chandelier.
I loved the simple string of butterflies suspended from the ceiling, taking up space in a beautiful way. I was inspired to create dimensional art that I too could hang from the ceiling so I created these stars for my little girl's room:
Finally while at the Phoenix Children’s Museum, a beautiful shimmer wall caught my attention. When I studied the design I saw that it was constructed of cd’s strung together - one flat element twisting and moving on a flat wall yet showing depth and dimension.
It inspired me to create this card with flat paper flowers twisted and glued on many different levels to give it more depth.
I look for inspiration everywhere and sometimes, like it did this summer, it jumps right out at me. I hope you’ll feel inspired to play around with dimension and depth in your next paper crafting project!
thanks marla!! it's so neat to get a little insight into a mind as crafty as yours!
what do you think friends? leave marla a comment right here if you have a minute....and let's see some links to your depth or dimension inspired projects!